PASADENA – The seven members of the 2012 Tournament of Roses Royal Court were announced today at Tournament House from a group of 34 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 123rd Rose Parade® presented by Honda and 98th Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO on Monday, January 2, 2012.
The seven Rose Princesses are: Morgan Eliza Devaud (#350), 18, La Canada High School; Stephanie Grace Hynes (#330), 18, Maranatha High School; Cynthia Megan Louie (#858), 17, La Salle High School; Kimberly Victoria Ostiller (#8), 17, Flintridge Preparatory School; Drew Helen Washington (#265), 16, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Hanan Bulto Worku (#458), 17, Pasadena High School and Sarah Nicole Zuno (#455), 17, Benjamin Franklin High School.
The announcement follows a month-long process in which approximately 1,000 Pasadena-area young women participated. Selections were based on a range of qualities including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement, community involvement and personality.
“We could not be more proud of the seven young ladies that will be representing the Tournament of Roses as the 2012 Royal Court,” said Amy Wainscott, Chair of the Queen and Court Committee. “They were selected from a pool of the most talented and poised in the Pasadena area. They are outstanding role models and will be wonderful ambassadors for the Tournament of Roses.”
Rose Princess Morgan Eliza Devaud, 18, is a La Canada resident and attends La Canada High School. She is a member of the Les Fleurettes Debutante program and her school’s Dance Club, which she founded and previously served as president. She also served as a princess with the city of La Canada Flintridge and as ASB prom commissioner. Morgan has also studied abroad in Switzerland in a French emersion program and plans to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, music, cooking, movies and arranging flowers. Her parents are Vincent and Vickie Devaud.
Rose Princess Stephanie Grace Hynes, 18, attends Maranatha High School and lives in Pasadena. She is a horseback rider both with her school’s equestrian team and the Interscholastic Equestrian League. She was a part of Blue Shadows, an equestrian drill team, for eight years. She is involved with her school’s varsity cheer squad and the varsity dance team. She also sings in her church’s worship team and is active in the youth group. This summer Morgan travelled to New Orleans with the St. Bernard Project where she rebuilt houses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Her parents are Jeffrey and Linda Hynes. She has two younger brothers, Benjamin, 16, and Joseph, 13.
Rose Princess Cynthia Megan Louie, 17, attends La Salle High School and resides in La Canada Flintridge. She is a member of the Student Life rally team at her school, and gives tours as a “700 Volunteer.” Cynthia helps to represent her school as a Student Ambassador and also serves on the Nordstrom BP Fashion Board. She has a passion for the arts and enjoys creating costumes and designing backpacks, theatre acting and ballroom dancing. She also plays tennis and loves to bake during her free time. After college she plans to continue her studies by attending law school or graduate school for marine biology. Her parents are Tom and Shirlene Louie and she has one older brother, Nic, 25.
Rose Princess Kimberly Victoria Ostiller, 17, attends Flintridge Preparatory School and lives in Altadena. She is very active in her school as student body president, a member of the LEO club, a peer counselor and a varsity cheerleader. Outside of school she is involved in the Pasadena Chapter of National Charity League. She plans to study health sciences or pre-dentistry and minor in Spanish and then pursue a career as an orthodontist. Over the summer, she participated in a three-week, international leadership and community service program in Tanzania, Africa. In her free time Kimberly enjoys traveling, trying out new restaurants and going to the movies. Her parents are Steve and Patricia Ostiller and she has one brother, Nick, 19.
Rose Princess Drew Helen Washington, 16, lives in Pasadena and attends Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. She is captain of her school’s varsity volleyball and varsity track and field teams. She is active in the Student Ambassador Club, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), the Multi-cultural Club and the Latin Club. Drew is a member of her school’s National Honor Society, the California Scholarship Federation and Mu Alpha Theta, the honors math club. Over the summer she served as a camp volleyball coach. She plans to pursue a career in marketing or public relations. In her free time, she enjoys going to the movies, running, playing volleyball and spending time with her friends. Her parents are Craig and Lorie Washington.
Rose Princess Hanan Bulto Worku,17, is from Pasadena and attends Pasadena High School. She is the co-captain of her school’s varsity tennis team and previously played on the girls softball team. She is active in ASB, the school newspaper, science club and in the musical production. She is a Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipient and a National Honor Society Member. Hanan is also active as a Girl Scout and a hospital volunteer. She plans to attend the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) next fall and then pursue a career as a pediatrician. She loves to read and write. Her parents are Worku Bulto and Merima Geresu. She has one sister, Jiharah, 13.
Rose Princess Sarah Nicole Zuno, 17, lives in Los Angeles and attends Benjamin Franklin High School. She plays on her school’s varsity basketball team and the softball team. She is a fluent Spanish speaker. Sarah is a student mentor and the school’s Glee Club co-president. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, singing, playing the piano and reading. She plans to study communications, journalism or English literature in college and possibly pursue a career in corporate law. Her parents are Alex and Bertha Zuno and she has three siblings, Alex Jr., 30, Amanda, 15 and Jennifer, 11.
The 2012 Rose Queen® will be announced at Tournament House on Tuesday, October 18 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 2012.
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