PASADENA -- The coronation of The 2009 Tournament of Roses Queen was held Thursday signifying her reign over activities leading up to the annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game.
The ceremony took place on the Tournament House grounds in Pasadena.
The queen was chosen from among seven Tournament of Roses princesses picked from a pool of more than 1,100 young Pasadena-area women who tried out for a spot on the Royal Court.
The courts six remaining princesses are:
-- Mary Elizabeth Gaule, a 17-year-old Altadena resident and senior at
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy;
-- Jasmine Janae Jenkins, a 17-year-old La Salle High School senior who
lives in Pasadena;
-- Bridget Kathleen McDonald, an 18-year-old freshman at Pasadena City
College who plans to transfer to USC in the fall of 2009; she is a Pasadena
-- Mary "Molly" Patricia Novell, 18, of Sierra Madre, who is a senior
at La Salle High School;
-- Lauren Nicole Valenzuela, a 17-year-old Temple City resident who is a
senior at Arcadia High School;
-- Quinn Olivia Young, a 16-year-old La Canada High School senior.
The princesses were selected based on a range of qualities, including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement, community involvement and personality, according to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.
As ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the queen and members of the Royal Court will attend more than 150 community and media functions leading up to the 120th Rose Parade and 95th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1.