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Say Hello to the 2024 Tournament of Roses Royal Court

Published on Monday, October 2, 2023 | 12:04 pm

In a Monday morning ceremony, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses announced the seven members of the 2024 Royal Court who will ride down Colorado Blvd. on the Royal Court float in the 135th Rose Parade on January 1 and attend the CFP Semifinal at the 110th Rose Bowl Game.

The announcement was made on the south lawn of Tournament House before a crowd of nearly 200 attendees, including friends and family of the 28 finalists.

Here are the seven members of the Royal Court:

Olivia Bohanec, a senior at La Salle College Preparatory, is a cross-country team captain and president and founder of Trader Joe’s Club. She plans to study psychology, business, or communications at Pepperdine University, Saint Mary’s College of California, Santa Clara University, University of California, Riverside or University of La Verne.

Trinity Dela Cruz, a senior at Marshall Fundamental School, is the drum major of the Marshall Mighty Eagle Marching Band and a member of the Band Leadership Committee. She plans to study classical vocal performance and psychology at California State University, Long Beach, Northwestern University, University of California, Los Angeles or Vanderbilt University.

Phoebe Ho, a senior at South Pasadena High School, is the dance captain of the South Pasadena High School dance program and a competitive dancer at San Marino Dance Academy. She plans to study biomedical engineering at New York University or University of California, San Diego.

Mia Moore-Walker, a senior at Flintridge Preparatory School, is involved in various activities including care mentoring at Environmental Contribution Organization jellyfish lab and president and founder of The STEMistry Project non-profit. She is interested in studying biology with a concentration in conservation at Brown University, Howard University, Northwestern University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, University of California, Berkeley, or the University of Southern California.

Jessica Powell, a senior at Flintridge Preparatory School, co-founded the True Crime Club and serves as co-president. She plans to pursue a career in biology and medical research and is interested in studying at a University of California campus or a STEM-oriented private university.

Naomi Stillitano, a senior at Arcadia High School, is co-president of the Italian Culture Club and actively involved in dance, acting, and swimming. She aspires to create her own fashion brand and is interested in studying fashion design and marketing at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Milano Fashion Institute, Pasadena City College, or the University of Southern California.

Emmerson Tucker, a senior at Blair High School, is the volleyball team captain and a member of the Health Careers Academy. She aspires to pursue a career in the medical field and intends to follow the pre-med track at New York University, Stanford University, or a Historically Black College or University, such as Spelman College.

The seven young women will serve as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community, and the greater Los Angeles area. Each member will also receive a $7,500 educational scholarship. The girls were chosen for their character, service, and leadership qualities, evident through their dedication to family, school, and community.

As members of the Royal Court, the girls will undergo personal development programs and enhancement of their public speaking, presentation, and etiquette skills. They will have opportunities to actively participate in the community, make positive contributions, and connect with local leaders.

On Friday, Oct. 27, the 105th Rose Queen will be announced and crowned during another ceremony at Tournament House with the whole Royal Court in attendance.

The 135th Rose Parade is presented by Honda and the 110th Rose Bowl Game is presented by Prudential.

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