With much anticipation after a pandemic-induced cancellation of the 2021 Rose Parade, the Tournament of Roses this morning revealed the seven members of the 2022 Royal Court in a ceremony at Tournament House.
Stephen Perry, Director Chair of Queen and Court Committee, introduced the 29 finalists at a ceremony he said was “two years in the making.”
Tournament of Roses President Bob Miller named the Princesses selected to the 2022 Royal Court during the early morning formalities.
The finalists are all accomplished young women who attend local schools.
The Tournament of Roses’ Queen and Court Committee made the selections after several rounds of interviews focused on a number of criteria, including public speaking ability, academic achievement, youth leadership, and community and school involvement.
Ultimately the Rose Queen will be selected from members of the Court. The Queen will be named and crowned during a ceremony on the evening of October 26.
The Royal Court will attend nearly 100 community and media functions, serving as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community, and the greater Los Angeles area.
Of course, two huge moments for the Royal Court will come January 1 when they ride atop their own special Rose Parade float in the 133rd Rose Parade and later that day attend the 108th Rose Bowl Game.
The seven members of the 2022 Royal Court are (in alphabetical order):
- Jeannine Briggs, John Marshall Fundamental High School
- Nadia Chung, La Cañada High School
- Ava Feldman, South Pasadena High School
- Abigail Griffith, Pasadena High School
- Swetha Somasundaram, Arcadia High School
- McKenzie Street, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
- Jaeda Walden, La Cañada High School
Here’s more information about each princess:
Jeannine Briggs is a senior at John Marshall Fundamental High School and lives in Pasadena. She is currently President of Broadcasting Club, President of Storytellers Club, Vice President of Black Student Union, Secretary of Mock Trials, Secretary of Associated Student Body Class of 2022, member of the National Honors Society, Academy of the Creative Industries, Girls Build L.A., Drama Club, AP Capstone Program Scholar, Jazz Band Vocalist, Intern at Burbank International Film Festival, Intern at Tip Van Jip Communications, member of UCLA Vice Provost Initiative for
Pre-College Scholars, Singer and Regular Worship Leader at Lake Avenue Church and a commercial actor with CESD Talent Agency. Jeannine enjoys singing, acting, piano, studying languages, current events, writing, history, diplomacy, filmmaking and women’s rights advocacy. She plans to study global studies, international relations and journalism. Ultimately, Jeannine would like to attend law school and become a broadcast journalist. She is interested in attending Columbia, USC, UCLA, UC Berkely, University of Utrecht, Maastricht University, Howard, Syracuse or New York University. She is the daughter of Ray and Janneke Briggs and has two sisters, Camille and Simone.
Nadia Chung is a senior at La Cañada High School and lives in La Cañada. She is currently a journalist for the Los Angeles Times in the High School Insider division, Speech and Debate competitor, trainer and organizer for free debate workshops, President of the Mock Trial Team, President of the Mini Mission, President of Concert Choir, singer in Choral Artists, President of Concert Choir, Girl Scout Member, Vice President of MD Junior Chapter, Secretary for the National English Honor Society and member of the 2020 Miss La Cañada Flintridge Royal Court. Nadia enjoys training and performing classical ballet, reading, writing, hiking with her brother and spending time with family and friends. She plans to study political science, government and journalism and aspires to attend law school and become a civil rights attorney while writing articles about social justice. She is interested in attending Georgetown, UC Berkeley or Brown. Nadia is the daughter of Sanah Chung and Sonia Chang and has a brother, Tyler.
Ava Feldman is a senior at South Pasadena High School and lives in South Pasadena. She is currently Copa de Oro (yearbook) Editor-in-Chief, President of the South Pasadena and San Marino YMCA delegation, Senior Presentation Representative of National Charity League, Vice President of the Teaching and Sharing Skills to Enrich Lives (TASSEL) club, a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and co-captain of the Varsity Girls Tennis team. Ava enjoys volunteering with children, exploring the surrounding Los Angeles area and spending time with her friends, family and dogs. She plans to study child development and/or psychology and aspires to be a child psychologist. Ava is interested in attending Vanderbilt, UNC-Chapel Hill, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, University of Virginia, UC San Diego, Tulane, University of Oregon, Santa Clara University, Boston College, American University or The George Washington University. Ava is the daughter of Bradley and Christine Feldman and has two siblings, Olivia and Sophia.
Abigail Griffith is a senior at Pasadena High School and lives in Pasadena. She is currently a Varsity member of the PHS Orchesis Dance Team, a High School Worship Leader at Lake Avenue Church Pasadena, Student Intern at the Gamble House Pasadena, Cashier at Brick and Flour Pasadena, member of PHS’s Class of 2022 Club and Social Media Manager of PHS’s Mental Health Awareness Club. Abigail enjoys sewing, origami, singing, graphic design, architecture, architectural history/preservation, drawing, painting and studying Hispanic/Latin American
culture. She plans to study architecture and aspires to be a licensed architect. Abigail isinterested in attending USC, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Northeastern or Rice University. Abigail is the daughter of Jeff and Teri Griffith and has two siblings, her twin brother Benjamin and younger sister Emma.
Swetha Somasundaram is a senior at Arcadia High School and lives in Temple City. She is currently Secretary of Arcadia Seniors of Merit at Work, Foster Care Outreach Lead of Wave Learning Festival, Student Teacher at Los Angeles Tamil School and a Teacher of Bharatanatyam Dance. Swetha enjoys reading, science, visual/performing arts, singing, dancing, playing the violin, guitar, painting and poetry. She plans to study biomedical engineering and environmental studies and aspires to be a biomedical engineer turned cancer researcher. Swetha is interested
in attending Brown, UNC-Chapel Hill, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins or Tufts University. Swetha is the daughter of Somasundaram Rathinasabapathy and Kalpana Thiyagarajan, and has a younger sister, Sandhiya.
McKenzie Street is a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart and lives in Pasadena. She is currently a member of the Tech Team, Girls Who Code Club, Academic Decathlon, Mass and Retreat Leader on Campus Ministry Team and the founder and lead of her school’s Fashion Club. McKenzie enjoys fashion, playing piano, environmental activism and social justice. She plans to study communications and media while minoring or double majoring in computer science. Ultimately, McKenzie would like to teach computer science to under-represented and underexposed communities, particularly kids. She is interested in attending New York University, Tulane, University of San Francisco, UC San Diego or Fordham. McKenzie is the daughter of Robin and Tamera Street and has a brother, Tyler.
Jaeda Walden is a senior at La Cañada High School and lives in La Cañada. She is currently a member of the Happiness Club, Ocean Buddies Club, Key Club, Operation Smile and varsity volleyball team. She enjoys ceramics, live music, travel, outdoors, beach volleyball, painting, drawing and thrifting. She is interested in studying psychology, kinesiology, business, and/or marketing. Jaeda would like to attend UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkely, Loyola Marymount, Chapman, New York University, University of Oregon, University of Washington,
Stanford or the University of Chicago. Jaeda is the daughter of Ron and Lindsay Walden and has a sister, Luthfia.