The Royal Court

2016 Royal Court Finalists

2016 ROYAL COURT FINALISTS

Each September, close to 1,000 young women interview for the honor of serving as a member of the Tournament of Roses Royal Court. Multiple rounds of interviews take place over the course of a month, with the Tournament’s Queen and Court Committee looking for those participants with the right combination of poise, personality, public speaking ability and scholastic achievement. Royal Court members become ambassadors of the Tournament, and selecting the right young women is an important task.

When that selection process concludes, the Royal Court will become part of a beloved legacy, reigning over the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game. It is an honor to serve on the Royal Court, but a tremendous responsibility as well. Before riding their specially-designed float in the Rose Parade, the Royal Court members will attend well over 100 public and media functions, all while maintaining their school work and other extracurricular activities.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The 2017 Royal Court tryouts will occur late summer. To be eligible for the 2017 Royal Court, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • Be an unmarried, female resident of the Pasadena Area Community College District and able to provide verification of residence.
  • Be a senior in high school or enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 units) in any accredited school or college in the Pasadena Area Community College District (see list below).
  • Possess at least a 2.0 grade point average in both the current and previous years' course work and able to provide verification of same.
  • Be at least 17 years of age by December 31, 2016, and not more than 21 years of age before January 5, 2017, with no children.
  • Be available to participate in all scheduled interview sessions.
  • Complete the official application (available in the summer) and participate in one of the initial interview sessions.

Eligible Schools

Students who met the qualifications listed above and who are enrolled in the schools listed here are eligible to participate in the 2017 Royal Court Tryouts.

AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian High School Maranatha High School
Alverno High School Mayfield Senior School
Arcadia High School Pasadena City College
Arroyo High School Pasadena High School
Arroyo Pacific Academy Polytechnic School
Blair High School Rio Hondo Preparatory School
California Institute of Technology Rosemead High School
Excelsior School San Marino High School
Flintridge Preparatory School South Pasadena High School
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Southwestern Academy
John Marshall Fundamental High School Temple City High School
John Muir High School The Waverly School
La Cañada High School Westridge School
La Salle High School  
 

 

ROYAL COURT FAQS

Who selects the Royal Court?
Eleven men and women make up the selection committee. They are all volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses who have been appointed to serve on the Queen & Court Committee. The committee members and their spouses also serve as chaperones for all Royal Court activities and appearances.

What should I expect at the initial tryout session?
If you have not filled out an application prior to coming to the initial tryout session, you will need to do so when you arrive. (We strongly encourage you to do the application online in advance.) You will be assigned a number and there will be a brief orientation session before you are directed to make your introduction to the selection committee. One or more former Royal Court members will be available to answer your questions, and tours of the historic Tournament House will be offered. You should plan to spend two to three hours at your first session.

What should I say during my introduction?
You have 15 seconds in front of the selection committee to state your number and tell them why you are participating in the Royal Court. The selection committee will not ask you any questions nor will they ask you to begin speaking. Keep it short and to the point.

What happens after the initial interview session?
After all of the participants have met the committee, its members meet and determine who to invite for the next step in the selection process. Following the initial session, approximately 250 young women are asked to return for another interview. Participation then is narrowed to about 75 candidates, and then to approximately 25 finalists, from whom the seven Royal Court members are selected.

How will I know if I am to attend the next round?
Following each round of interviews, participants are notified by email if they are being invited to participate in the next interview session.

What is the selection committee looking for?
Participants are evaluated on a wide range of qualities including poise, personality, speaking ability and overall demeanor. Academic achievement is also a factor.

What should I wear to the selection interview?
Wear something you feel comfortable in that reflects your personality. There are no specific attire requirements, but you should remember that you are trying to make a good first impression on the selection committee members.

Why should I participate in the tryout process?
Whether or not you are selected as a member of the Royal Court, participants often find the experience rewarding and enjoyable. Participants have the opportunity to meet previous Royal Court members, make new friends, learn about Pasadena’s tradition of the Tournament of Roses and be a part of history in the search for a Royal Court. Participants also receive a ticket for two people to attend the Royal Ball as guests of the Tournament of Roses.

Is there a fee to apply?
No. In fact, if you are selected as a member of the Royal Court, you will receive a small educational scholarship, wardrobe for your appearances, professional hairstyling, make-up application and instruction, transportation to and from Royal Court activities and a number other benefits.

What is the Royal Ball?
The Royal Ball is a semi-formal dance hosted by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Only those who participate in the Royal Court selection process are invited to attend.

Will Royal Court activities interfere with school?
During the busy and exciting months leading up to the Rose Parade®, Royal Court members will be required to miss several partial or full school days for wardrobe fittings, photography sessions, media appearances and community events. It is important for Royal Court members to be able to prioritize their time to fulfill both school and Tournament of Roses obligations. Many Royal Court activities will occur after school and/or during the winter vacation period but overall it requires a significant time commitment. It is a worthwhile and memorable experience, but it is also a lot of responsibility.

If I have participated before, should I participate again?
Yes. The selection committee and pool of participants change from year to year, and previous experience can help you feel more at ease during the selection process. Many previous members of the Royal Court participated more than once before being selected.

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98TH ROSE QUEEN ANNOUNCEMENT & CORONATION CEREMONY

 

2016 ROYAL COURT

From left to right: Princess Sarah, Princess Rachelle, Princess Bryce, Rose Queen Erika, Princess Regina, Princess Natalie, Princess Donaly

 

 

ROSE QUEEN HISTORY

2016

Erika Winter

 

1979

Catherine Gilmour

 

1942

Dolores Brubach

2015

Madison Triplett

 

1978

Maria Caron

 

1941

Sally Stanton

2014

Ana Acosta

 

1977

Diane Ramaker

 

1940

Margaret Huntley

2013

Vanessa Manjarrez

 

1976

Anne Martin

 

1939

Barbara Dougall

2012

Drew Washington

 

1975

Robin Carr

 

1938

Cheryl Walker

2011

Evanne Friedmann

 

1974

Miranda Barone

 

1937

Nancy Bumpus 

2010

Natalie Innocenzi 

 

1973

Salli Noren

 

1936

Barbara Nichols

2009

Courtney Lee

 

1972

Margolyn Johnson

 

1935

Muriel Cowan

2008

Dusty Gibbs

 

1971

Kathleen Arnett

 

1934

Treva Scott

2007

Mary McCluggage

 

1970

Pamela Tedesco

 

1933

Dorothy Edwards

2006

Camille Clark

 

1969

Pamela Anicich

 

1932

Myrta Olmsted

2005

Ashley Moreno

 

1968

Linda Strother

 

1931

Mary Lou Waddell

2004

Megan Chinen

 

1967

Barbara Hewitt

 

1930

Holly Halsted

2003

Alexandra Wucetich

 

1966

Carole Cota

 

1929

No Queen

2002

Caroline Hsu

 

1965

Dawn Baker

 

1928

Harriet Sterling

2001

Michelle Jacobs

 

1964

Nancy Kneeland

 

1927

No Queen

2000

Sophia Bush

 

1963

Nancy Davis

 

1926

Fay Lanphier

1999

Christina Farrell

 

1962

Martha Sissell

 

1925

Margaret Scoville

1998

Purdy Tran

 

1961

Carole Washburn

 

1924

No Queen

1997

Jennifer Halferty

 

1960

Margarethe Bertelson

1923

May McAvoy

1996

Keli Hutchins

 

1959

Pamela Prather

 

1915-1922

No Queens

1995

Aliya Haque

 

1958

Gertrude Wood

 

1914

Mabel Seibert

1994

Erica Brynes

 

1957

Ann Mossberg

 

 

Dr. F.C.E. Mattison (king)

1993

Liana Yamasaki

 

1956

Joan Culver

 

1913

Jean P. French

1992

Tannis Turrentine

 

1955

Marilyn Smuin

 

 

Harrison Drummond (king)

1991

Cara Rullman

 

1954

Barbara Schmidt

 

1912

No Queen

1990

Yasmine Delawari

 

1953

Leah Feland

 

1911

Ruth Palmer

1989

Charmaine Shryock

 

1952

Nancy Thorne

 

1909-1910

No Queens

1988

Julie Myers

 

1951

Eleanor Payne

 

1908

May Sutton

1987

Kristin Harris

 

1950

Marion Brown

 

1907

Joan Woodbury

1986

Aimée Richelieu

 

1949

Virginia Bower

 

1906

Elsie Armitage

1985

Kristina Smith

 

1948

Virginia Goodhue

 

1905

Hallie Woods

1984

Ann Marie Colborn

 

1947

Norma Christopher

 

1890-1904

No Queens

1983

Suzanne Gilaspie

 

1946

Patricia Auman

 

 

 

1982

Katherine Potthast

 

1945

Mary Rutte

 

 

 

1981

Leslie Kawai

 

1944

Naomi Riordan

 

 

 

1980

Julie Raatz

 

1943

Mildred Miller

 

 

 

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