Month-Long Tryout Process Began with Approximately 900 Pasadena-area Young Ladies

PASADENA, CA. (October 8, 2012) – The seven members of the 2013 Tournament of Roses Royal Court were announced today at Tournament House from a group of 33 finalists. As ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Royal Court members will attend more than 150 community and media functions leading up to the 124th Rose Parade® presented by Honda and 99th Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

The seven Rose Princesses are: Kathryne Alice Benuska, (#848), 17, Maranatha High School; Tracy Italia Cresta (#376), 17, La Salle High School; Vanessa Natalie Manjarrez (#626), 17, Mayfield Senior School; Victoria Sophia McGregor (#268), 17, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Nicole Cherie Nelam (#765), 17, Pasadena High School; Sonia Marie Shenoi (#451), 17, San Marino High School and Madison Michelle Barili Teodo (#222), 17, La Canada High School.

The announcement follows a month-long process in which over 900 Pasadena-area young women participated. Selections were based on a range of qualities including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement, community involvement and personality.

“These seven young women are each exceptional and we are thrilled that they will be representing the Tournament of Roses,” said Joan Madsen, Chair of the Queen and Court Committee. “Among the many outstanding applicants this year, these seven really rose to the top. We know they will be terrific role models and handle their numerous commitments with poise and grace.”

Rose Princess Kathryne Alice Benuska, 17, lives in Altadena and attends Maranatha High School. She is currently on the varsity volleyball team and coaches a team of younger girls in the sport, which she finds very rewarding. Kathryne has been on a mission trip to Guatemala and she plans work internationally in a field to benefit those in need, after majoring in business and minoring in international relations. In her free time, she enjoys singing, reading, acting and doing soduko puzzles. Her parents are Kalmah and Carrie Benuska. Kathryne has a brother, Luke, 19 and a sister, Ellie, 21.

Rose Princess Tracy Italia Cresta, 17, attends La Salle High School and resides in Pasadena. She is captain of the cross country and track and field teams, and is a member of the National Honor Society, the California Scholarship Federation, Student Ambassadors and the Physical Activity Club. She plans to attend either San Diego State University or Loyola Marymount University. Tracy hopes to become a lawyer and later, a judge. She collects mermaids and enjoys numerous sports, especially running, swimming, diving, hiking and basketball. Her parents are Norberto and Ruth Cresta, and she has a brother, Burt, 16.

Rose PrincessVanessa Natalie Manjarrez, 17, lives in Pasadena and attends Mayfield Senior School, where she is on the Diversity Committee and Advising Council. She also participates in the Dance Conservatory and is involved with the National Charity League, the Pasadena Humane Society and Villa Esperanza. When in college, Vanessa hopes to study business and science – stem cell research and genetics are among her specific interests. Her hobbies include traveling and volunteering. Vanessa’s parents are Maria Sarry and Armando Manjarrez.

Rose Princess Victoria Sophia McGregor, 17, attends Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and lives in Pasadena. She is president of the Science and Environment Club, and is a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. Victoria is on the varsity tennis team and also competes in swimming. She has been active in Girl Scouts and served as secretary of her school’s Business Club. Victoria has learned Greek folk dancing and in her free time enjoys art and community service. Her parents are Richard and Kristen McGregor and she has a sister, Anastasia, 16.

Rose Princess Nicole Cherie Nelam, 17, lives in Pasadena and attends Pasadena High School. She is a volunteer at her church and has participated in the Wiggle Waggle Walk benefiting the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA. Nicole plans to attend Pasadena City College and hopes to subsequently enroll at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is interested in studying nursing and medicine. Her leisure time activities include reading, dancing, baking, fishing and camping. Her parents are Yolanda Franklin and Michael Nelam and she has a sister, Victoria, 19.

Rose Princess Sonia Marie Shenoi, 17, lives in San Marino and attends San Marino High School. She volunteers in the pediatrics department at Huntington Memorial Hospital, and is active in the Red Cross Club and ACTS Christian Club. She recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award and is a senior Ambassador Girl Scout. Sonia loves working with children and hopes to work in the pediatric field. She enjoys playing the piano and saxophone, as well as traveling, sampling exotic cuisines and baking. Her parents are Allan and Lalita Shenoi. She has a sister, Anita, 14 and a brother, Tommy, 10.

Rose Princess Madison Michelle Barili Teodo, 17, lives in La Canada and attends La Canada High School. She is captain of her school’s varsity volleyball team and president of the concert choir. Madison is member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. She is Girl Scouts Gold Award recipient, and was a banner carrier in the 2012 Rose Parade. She currently volunteers at Verdugo Hills Hospital. Madison would like to be an elementary school teacher with an emphasis on speech therapy. Her parents are Mark and Cinda Teodo and she has two sisters, Megan, 24, and Molly, 21.

The 2013 Rose Queen® will be announced at Tournament House on Tuesday, October 16 at 9:30 a.m. The newly selected Rose Queen and Royal Court will reign for an entire year until the new court is selected in October of 2013.

About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO and various associated events. The 124th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed Oh, the Places You’ll Go!™, will take place Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands. Following the parade, the 99th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO will kick off at 2:10 p.m. and feature an exciting match-up between two of the top collegiate football teams in the nation. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com.

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