PASADENA (TUSEN) – After a month-long search, the Pasadena Rose Tournament has named the new Queen of Roses.
This year, the tournament interviewed hundreds of students from 24 schools in the Pasadena area before ultimately choosing Nadia Chung as the 103rd Pink Queen.
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The Pink Queen is chosen from hundreds of applicants each year, based on criteria such as public speaking, academic achievement, youth leadership, and community and school participation.
Chung, a student at La Cañada High School, currently works for the Los Angeles Times in the High School Insider section, dances for the California Contemporary Youth Ballet, and is the chair of the LCHS Speech and Debate team, among others.
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At the coronation ceremony, Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Bob Miller presented a Mikimoto crown with more than 600 cultured pearls and six carats of diamonds.
Chung and the rest of the 2022 Royal Court will receive a $ 7,500 scholarship.
Members of the Royal Court and the Pink Queen serve as ambassadors for the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community and the greater Los Angeles area.
The six members other than the Chung are:
- Jeannine Brigs of John Marshall Basic Secondary School;
- Ava Feldman of South Pasadena High School;
- Abigail Griffith of Pasadena High School;
- Swetha Somasundaram from Arcadia High School;
- McKenzie Street in Flintridge Sacré-Cœur; and
- Jaeda Walden from La Cañada High School.
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All members of the Royal Court were finalists for the Rose Queen selection.