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Nadia Chung Named 2022 Rose Queen

La Cañada High School senior is the 103rd queen in the parade’s history

Published on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 7:03 pm

La Cañada High School senior Nadia Chung was named the 2022 Rose Queen in an official coronation ceremony Tuesday evening at Tournament House. 

Chung becomes the 103rd Rose Queen in the history of the event.

The announcement was made by 2022 Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Bob Miller, in a ceremony that was hosted by KTLA5 Morning News anchor/reporter Lynette Romero.

Chung told Pasadena Now, “I’m feeling super excited and tremendously grateful to be surrounded by all these incredible people tonight, and this inspiring court of six wonderful young ladies.”

Echoing this year’s Rose Parade theme of “Dream. Believe. Achieve,” Chung added, in a message to young women, “Believe in your dreams. I encourage everyone to try out for the Tournament of Roses Royal Court, and I do hope that everyone who is wondering if they can accomplish something, believes in themselves.” 

The Princess of the 103rd Royal Court are Jeannine Briggs, John Marshall Fundamental High School; Abigail Griffith, Pasadena High School; Jaeda Walden, La Cañada High School; Swetha Somasundaram, Arcadia High School; Ava Feldman, South Pasadena High School; and McKenzie Street, of Flintridge Sacred Heart.

Camille Kennedy, the 2020 Rose Queen, also addressed the event in a videotaped message from Tokyo, Japan, where she is currently studying.

Chung is a senior at La Cañada High School and lives in La Cañada. She works as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times in the High School Insider division, a company member of California Contemporary Youth Ballet, an intern at the Outlook Newsgroup, President of the LCHS Speech and Debate team, coordinator for accessibility in debate education with Beyond Resolved, President of the Mock Trial Team, Managing Editor of the Outspoken Oppa, President of the Mini Mission, President of Concert Choir, Girl Scout Member, Vice President of the Los Angeles MD Junior Chapter, publicity chair for LCHS UNICEF, Secretary for the National English Honor Society and member of the 2020 Miss La Cañada Flintridge Royal Court. 

Chung also enjoys training and performing classical ballet, advocating for social justice, reading, writing, hiking with her brother, and spending time with family and friends. She hopes to study political science and journalism at either Georgetown, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Northwestern, American University, or Brown. Ultimately, she aspires to attend law school and become a civil rights attorney. 

She is the daughter of Sanah Chung and Sonia Chang and has a brother, Toby. 

During the coronation ceremony, Chung was crowned with a Mikimoto crown featuring more than 600 cultured pearls and six carats of diamonds. 

Chung and her 2022 Royal Court will attend numerous community and media functions, in the days and weeks leading up to News Years’ Day serving as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community, and the greater Los Angeles area. 

Each Royal Court member will also receive a $7,500 educational scholarship from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. 

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