The Tournament of Roses today named Erika Karen Winter as the 98th Rose Queen in an official ceremony at the Pasadena Convention Center on Thursday night.
Presented by Citizens Business Bank, the announcement concludes a month-long process that began with more than 900 Pasadena-area young women who participated in the Royal Court tryouts. The ceremony was emceed by KTLA Rose Parade host and television personality, Stephanie Edwards, who will conclude her 35-year run as co-host for the KTLA Rose Parade broadcast with the 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Find Your Adventure.”
Rose Queen Erika and the Royal Court will make as many as 100 community and media appearances, culminating with the 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda and the 102nd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual on New Year’s Day.
“Leading up to America’s New Year Celebration®, Rose Queen Erika Karen Winter and the six Rose Princesses will serve as ambassadors for the Tournament of Roses and the City of Pasadena,” said Tournament of Roses President Mike Matthiessen, who presented the crown to the queen. “Rose Queen Erika and each member of the Royal Court have embarked on an exciting adventure and we are eager for them to encourage others to find their adventure throughout the community.”
The Rose Queen and Royal Court were selected based upon a combination of qualities, including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement and community involvement. During the coronation ceremony, Matthiessen presented Rose Queen Erika with a Mikimoto crown featuring more than 600 cultured pearls and six carats of diamonds. Prior to the public event, all members of the Royal Court received a pearl necklace from Mikimoto.
Rose Princess Erika Karen Winter, 17, is a senior at Flintridge Preparatory School and lives in Pasadena. Erika is part of the cheer and dance team, student senate and is a middle school commissioner. She is the president of the Hip Hop Club and Craft Club. Erika serves as a peer counselor and a volunteer instructor for autistic dance classes and captured the lead role in her school’s spring musical. Erika enjoys singing, acting, spin-cycling and watching hockey. She would like to study marketing and psychology in the future and hopes to work in marketing and communications within the fashion industry. Erika is the daughter of Tim and Kristine Winter.
The Rose Princesses are Bryce Marie Bakewell, 17, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Natalie Breanne Hernandez-Barber, 17, Alverno High School; Rachelle Chacal Renee Liu, 17, San Marino High School; Donaly Elizabeth Marquez, 17, Blair High School; Regina Marché Pullens, 17, Maranatha High School; and Sarah Sumiko Shaklan, 17, La Cañada High School.
Coronation and Royal Court Sponsors
• Presenting Sponsor of Coronation – Citizens Business Bank.
• Royal Court cosmetics provided by Estée Lauder.
• Flowers provided by Jacob Maarse, preferred florist of the Tournament of Roses.
• Royal Court official wardrobe for public appearances provided by Macy’s.
• Rose Queen crown and Royal Court tiaras provided by Mikimoto.
• Royal Court hairstyling provided by TheSpa Santé.
• Royal Court gowns provided by Tadashi Shoji.
About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses
The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade®, the Rose Bowl Game® and a variety of associated events. Nine hundred thirty-five volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization and contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Find Your Adventure,” will take place Friday, January 1, 2016, followed by the 102nd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Learn more at www.tournamentofroses.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.