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Prep students named to Rose Court

LCHS, FSHA,

Court members prepare for 150 appearances during count down to New Year's Day.

October 11, 2010|By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com
(Tim Berger/Staff…)

[Updated at 1 p.m.: Three high school seniors from La Cañada Flintridge were named Monday to the 93rd Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court, capping off a rigorous four-round interview process that attracted nearly 1,100 applicants.

They were: Evanne Friedmann of La Cañada High School, Kathryn Thomson of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and Jessica Montoya of Flintridge Preparatory School.

“I feel so overwhelmed,” Kathryn, 17, said. “As you keep getting closer it becomes more real, and now to be standing here — it is unbelievable and I am just so grateful.”

The other 2011 court members are Tatyane Berrios of Arcadia High School, Sarah Fredrickson of Maranatha High School, Tenaya Senzaki of Pasadena High School and Michelle Washington of Pasadena City College.

The Rose Queen, who will be announced on Oct. 19, will preside over the 122nd Rose Parade and the 97th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, along with the rest of the court.

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A band played, the crowd cheered and the finalists smiled ear-to-ear as Ed Afsharian, chairman of the Queen and Court Committee, and Jeffrey Throop, president of the Tournament of Roses, named the court members.

The strongest showing of support came from the Sacred Heart contingent, which included about 100 school girls and several administrators wearing scarlet blazers and waving signs with the names of each of the four finalists from their school.

Newly-named court member Evanne, also 17, said she spent much of the morning singing along to music and trying to keep her breathing steady.

“I can’t believe it, I am honored to even be considered,” Evanne said. “I was so excited just to hear my name. My jaw dropped. It was unbelievable.”

Her family was equally ecstatic. Gayle Friedmann said she reminded her daughter throughout the tryout process to enjoy the experience, and that her family loved her no matter the outcome.

“We are shocked. It is thrilling,” Friedmann said. “We never expected this.”

The seven court members face a rigorous schedule that includes nearly 150 appearances in the coming months, including visits to hospitals and schools, photos shoots and media interviews, all of which culminate on New Year’s Day with the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.

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