2018 Tournament of Roses

2018 Tournament of Roses Theme poster. Courtesy Pasadena TOR.

 

“MAKING A DIFFERENCE”

The 129th Tournament of Roses in photos and stories

The Tournament of Roses in Pasadena is more than the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2018. It is the week-long “America’s New Year Celebration,” chock full of floats, bands, equestrians, and family-friendly activities. Visitors can attend Bandfest, Equestfest, Decorating Places, Showcase of Floats, and Live on Green.

The 129th Rose Parade features bands from all over the world, equestrian groups, and around 45 flower-covered floats presenting the theme “Making a Difference.” The 104th Rose Bowl Game pits the top teams in “The Granddaddy of Them All,” the oldest post-season collegiate bowl game.

Read all about it by clicking on the links below, which contain information about the events and people involved as well as tips on attending the events and getting around.  The list will be updated as articles are posted.  Be sure to bookmark this page and return to it frequently!

 

General Information

INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE 2018 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES

2018 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES CALENDAR

There is no such thing as the Rose BOWL Parade!

Will it rain on my Rose Parade? The rules: No Sundays, water themes, or Supreme Court Justices equals no rain

What’s in a nickname? How Pasadena California is known to locals and the world

Tournament of Roses News & Events

Make a real difference with Real Change meters

Rose Parade 

Information, floats, marching bands, and equestrians

The 2018 Royal Court

Articles & albums about the Tournament of Roses Royal Court

Rose Bowl Game

Information, events, people

Special Events

Bandfest show schedule for 2018 Rose Parade marching units

Bandfest, Equestfest, Decorating Places, Showcase of Floats for 129th Tournament of Roses

Tournament of Roses Foundation presents $200,000 in grants to SGV non-profits

Phoenix Decorating Company chosen to design gateway arch to Arroyo Seco Weekend

Even after 100 years, a Rose Queen is forever at Pasadena Museum of History

Celebrities & Sponsors

Tournament of Roses Pres. Lance Tibbet is aiming on ‘Making a Difference’ in 2018 

David Eads of LA Chamber announced as new Executive Director/CEO of  Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Guessing game: Who will the 2018 Rose Parade Grand Marshal be?

Helpful Links

Tournament of Roses

Tournament of Roses Parade Day Guide

Visit Pasadena Rose Parade spectator guide

Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau

Rose Bowl Stadium

Visit Pasadena Rose Bowl Game spectator guide

Rose Parade official tours at PrimeSport

Rose Bowl Game official tours at PrimeSport

Queen Victoria and her Royal Court in the 2017 Rose Parade: Photos

Rose Queen Victoria Castellanos presides over her Royal Court, clockwise from Victoria’s left, Princesses Autumn Lundy, Audrey Cameron, Emi Powers, Shannon Larsuel, Natalie Petrosian, Maya Kawaguchi Khan at the 128th Rose Parade on Jan. 2, 2017. c2017 RLM

 

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Seven 17-year-old girls were chosen for the Tournament of Roses Royal Court on Oct. 4, 2016. Three months later, they glided along the Rose Parade route on seven black chairs that are better than thrones. They represented the Tournament, the City of Pasadena, and in a sense all the girls who dream of riding on the Queen and Court float one day. While the Rose Parade is the crowning event for the young women, that’s not all there is to being a princess.

The young women made some 100 appearances in that brief quarter of a year, and they gave up some of the things that  make the senior year of high school so memorable. They learned to get along with each other—indeed, part of the selection process is choosing seven girls whose individual personalities will mesh—and they learned how to walk and speak and eat with the correct utensils. One young woman was Continue reading “Queen Victoria and her Royal Court in the 2017 Rose Parade: Photos”

Photos: Royal Court cuts ribbon for 2017 Tournament of Roses hotline

by Laura Berthold Monteros

“Yes, I’m Queen Victoria!” When Tori Castellanos picked up the phone at the Visitor Hotline at the Pasadena Convention Center on Thursday, she had to assure the caller that indeed they were talking to the 99th Rose Queen. The hotline, +1 (877) 793-9911, is open from 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30 and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It’s staffed by volunteers, and lucky callers might even talk to a princess.

The hotline room was packed with photographers eager to get shots of the 2017 Royal Court at the annual Visitor Hotline ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. The girls were a bit late (ever try to get seven teenagers ready on time?), but happy to be there to open the phones. The Visitor Hotline, run by the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau, is best way to get on-the-spot information on events, including the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, places to eat, hotels, parking, and activities in the Crown City.

More information is on the “GoPasadena” app, which can be downloaded to mobile devices, and on the Visit Pasadena Facebook page, and don’t forget to check out the detailed info on The Rose Examiner at The Insider’s Guide and Tournament of Roses Calendar.

Dole Packaged Foods gives employees a taste of Hawaii and the Rose Parade

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Every year, Dole Packaged Foods gathers its employees in the Fiesta Parade Floats barn right next to their float, and gives them a party that spans the holiday season. The event was held on Dec. 11, and was attended by both Santa Claus and the Tournament of Roses Royal Court. We dropped in for some photos, conversation, and a delicious luau, including haupia, a Hawaiian dessert. Check out the photo gallery below for snapshots of the fun.

The 2017 Dole float, “Spirit of Hawaii,” features three important and very different figures: King Kamehameha I, founder of the Kingdom of Hawaii; Pele, goddess of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes; and Sebastian, the parrot who rode with the late Raul Rodriguez on floats he designed. In the six years Dole Packaged Foods has entered the Rose Parade, the floats have won five Sweepstakes and one Director’s Trophy. The 2017 entry is designed by Stanley Meyer. It has a working volcano and four real waterfalls flowing down the side of the mountain and cascading from a floral bridge. Dancers, including a fire dancer, and drummers will accompany the float as outwalkers and on the bridge.

We spoke about the float with Monica Spiro, Associate Manager of Events for Dole, and Dave Spare, Vice President, Marketing, about the community involvement of the company. It’s a tradition for some of the riders to be the children of Dole associates, and this year, Spiro’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna will be aboard. Spiro said the company tries to match the parade theme in the float design. The 128th Rose Parade theme is “Echoes of Success.”

“‘Spirit of Hawaii’ makes sense, since the company started in Hawaii,” she said. She brings the float theme into the party with elements that will be fun for the families, which can be seen in the photo gallery. It’s a way of sharing the Dole vision and heritage with the associates and their families. All associates are invited, and about 250 came to the luau.

“It’s really nice, because it’s a way for associates who can’t go to the parade to experience the float,” Spiro said. Another way is for associates to participate in decorating the float. Fiesta Parade Floats brings the giant plumeria, that will encircle the float like a lei, to the company headquarters in Westlake Village for associates to decorate with rice, and about 15-20 people will come to the Irwindale barn to decorate. Part of the entryway is dedicated to the float, with animal sculptures from previous floats and photos of the floats.

“It’s a way to touch, see, and feel the float,” she said. “We try to look at all the different ways people can experience this.”

Dole is also part of Live on Green, a pre-parade event with activities, displays, food, and entertainment. The company sponsors a food booth where Dole Whips can be purchased, the special treat usually available only at Disneyland. Dole has sponsored the Tiki Room for 40 years, and even reserved the room for a national meeting, where dessert was served.

“We want everyone to have a good time and have fun,” Spiro said. “There’s something for everyone.” And, she added, “Sebastian is still in front” on the float.

Dave Spare shared Dole Packaged Foods’ commitment to aiding non-profits that help people in need. The president and CEO of one of those organizations will ride on the float on Jan. 2. Food Share, the largest food bank in Ventura County, receives millions of pounds of healthy food from Dole every year, Spare said. The food is still within its expiration date and includes frozen, canned, and prepared items and 99 percent of Dole products are non-GMO.

“We were way ahead of the GMO movement,” Spare said. “On the float, all the fruit is non-GMO. It’s more expensive, but [consumers] are getting purer fruit.”

In addition to products and cash, Dole employees volunteer thousands of hours each year to charity work, including Food Share, Spare said. He volunteers at Ventura County Rescue Mission. Employees can take time off work for volunteering, so they don’t have to use vacation days.

If the company works to create  community spirit among its US employees, it helps to create a community overseas. Spare said the Dole Packaged Foods operation in the Philippines is the largest in the world, but there’s a lot of poverty in that country. Dole has built roads, schools and hospitals, and offers free medical care and free schooling. With an increase in hiring, there is a shortage of housing, so the company built 74 homes this year and plans to build 72 next year.

“The employees help to build them,” he said. “It’s like Habitat for Humanity.” Spare has worked for Dole Packaged Foods for 20 years, and he said the other vice presidents have worked 15 to 30 years. “It’s just a great company,” he said.

Rose Parade Royal Court dazzles at Macy’s fashion show

Rose Queen Victoria sings with the girls from Temple City High School Brighter Side Singers. When she has time, director Matt Byers told us, Tori performs with the group. She has a lovely voice!  All photos copyright 2016 Laura B Monteros

 

by Laura Berthold Monteros

qc-lbm-fashionIn fashions from casual winter wear to evening dresses, the seven members of the 2017 Tournament of Roses Royal Court dazzled the crowd at Macy’s Pasadena on Dec. 7. Each outfit was chosen to complement the girl’s style and personality, as well as to push the latest line from the department store. Celebrity stylist Daniel Musto was the emcee.

The members of the Royal Court are Rose Queen Victoria Castellanos and Rose Princesses Audrey Cameron, Maya Kawaguchi Khan, Shannon Larsuel, Autumn Lundy, Natalie Petrosian, and Emi Powers. For profiles of each young woman, “Meet the 7 young women on the 2017 Rose Parade Royal Court.” Each girl modeled three outfits. Read the captions in the album below to see which ones were their favorites! We got the opportunity to talk to parents Fred Powers (Princess Emi) and Dori Larsuel (Princess Shannon) after the show. They both were impressed with the personal growth of their daughters in the past two months.

“I’m amazed at how she’s handling this,” Powers said, noting the time commitment of school college applications (Emi would like to go to Syracuse for broadcasting), and the duties of the Court.

“Shannon has wanted to be on the Court since she was 5,” Larsuel said. She shared the suspense of Shannon’s being the last girl to be called at the announcement of the Royal Court. The girls are announced according to height so the balance will be right for photos, and Shannon is tall. Since then, she said, “it’s been an exciting, joyful experience.” Larsuel added that Shannon is trying to balance school, Court activities, and college apps.

“The Tournament is so wonderful,” she said. “They truly treat them like princesses. The training they receive is over and above what the average person would get.” Later, Princess Natalie affirmed Princess Maya’s opinion that the Queen & Court Committee members “are our aunts and uncles.”

Photo: Queen & Court chair Richard De Jesu with Q&C member Carole Swemline. Swemline said there are annual reunions for the Royal Courts.

 

A joyful coronation of the 99th Tournament of Roses Queen Victoria Castellanos

The 2017 Tournament of Roses Royal Court: Princesses Shannon, Natalie, and Maya; Queen Victoria; Princesses Audrey, Autumn, and Emi. c.2016 LB Monteros
The 2017 Tournament of Roses Royal Court: Princesses Shannon, Natalie, and Maya; Queen Victoria; Princesses Audrey, Autumn, and Emi. c.2016 LB Monteros

by Laura Berthold Monteros

There could hardly be a Rose Queen with a more expressive face than Tori Castellanos. The shock and tears when her name was read as 99th Tournament of Roses Queen on Thursday evening, the huge smile when the she received the crown and roses, the seriousness displayed as she repeated the Queen’s Oath were spontaneous and heartfelt. That ability to quickly switch between joy and seriousness, to show her emotions on her face, is quite charming. With family, friends, schoolmates and teachers on hand to cheer, the celebration was truly a joyous event. Here’s how it happened.

Back to the beginning

An air of excitement and anticipation rippled over the patio on Oct. 20 as people waited for the doors of the historic Pasadena Playhouse to open for the announcement and coronation of the young woman who will reign over the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 2, 2017. The seven members of the Royal Court were escorted down the red carpet into the auditorium by white-suited members of the Queen & Court Committee. And then, the doors swung open. Let’s enter that door as if we didn’t know yet that Victoria “Tori” Cecilia Castellanos received the Mikimoto pearl crown.

Be sure to check out the photo gallery at the end of this article. It tells a lot of the story, and at the end, just for fun, there are a few shots of Tori in performances with Temple City High School.

Continue reading “A joyful coronation of the 99th Tournament of Roses Queen Victoria Castellanos”

Victoria “Tori” Castellanos from Temple City HS is the 99th Rose Queen

Rose Queen Victoria is crowned by Pres. Brad Ratliff.
Rose Queen Victoria is crowned by Pres. Brad Ratliff.

by Laura Berthold Monteros

This is a moment that Tournament of Roses fans anticipate from the first Tournament of Roses Royal Court tryouts in September to the evening in October when the Rose Queen is announced and crowned in the splendor of Mikimoto pearls. Victoria “Tori” Cecilia Castellanos was chosen by the Queen and Court committee for an honor that only 98 women have held before. Possessing the poise of a Rose Queen, when her name was announced, she almost cried, but not quite.

Tonight’s coronation was a celebration of the 2017 theme “Echoes of Success” as well as the 2017 Royal Court, who will ride down Colorado Blvd. on Jan. 2, 2017. Queen Victoria is one of 771 people who tried out for the 2017 Royal Court, and one of seven young ladies who made it. She attends Temple City High School and is active in Brighterside Singers and musical theater. It was an exciting evening, and we will write more details tomorrow, along with my brief interview with Tori and a photo gallery of the people and event, For tonight, though, we’ll put it to be with a hearty congratulations to the 99th Rose Queen.

 

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Courtesy of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Courtesy Pasadena Tournament of Roses

“ECHOES OF SUCCESS”

The 128th Tournament of Roses in photos

With more than a week of activity surrounding the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena is filled with pageantry, sport, family-friendly activities and memory-making events.  On Jan, 2, 2017, a volunteer organization of 935 members puts on “America’s New Year Celebration.”

The 128th Rose Parade features 21 bands from all over the world, 20 equestrian groups, and around 45 flower-covered floats echoing the theme “Echoes of Success.” The 103rd Rose Bowl Game pits the top teams from the Big Ten and the Pac-12 in the traditional rivalry of the oldest post-season collegiate bowl game.  In addition, visitors can attend Bandfest, Equestfest, Decorating Places, and Showcase of Floats.

Read all about it by clicking on the links below, which contain information about the events and people involved as well as tips on attending the events and getting around.  The list will be updated as articles are posted.  Be sure to bookmark this page and return to it frequently!

 

 

General Information

INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE ROSE PARADE AND EVENTS

128th TOURNAMENT OF ROSES CALENDAR LISTING

2017 Tournament of Roses Visitor Hotline

Never on Sunday for the Tournament of Roses

There is no such thing as the Rose BOWL Parade!

Will it rain on my Rose Parade? The rules: No Sundays, water themes, or Supreme Court Justices equals no rain

What’s in a nickname? How Pasadena California is known to locals and the world

Tournament of Roses News & Events

Make a real difference with Real Change meters

Rose Parade: Information, floats, marching bands, and equestrians

The 2017 Royal Court: Articles & albums about the Tournament of Roses Royal Court

Rose Bowl Game: Information, events, people

Special Events

Rose Parade event tickets for Bandfest, Equestfest, Decorating Places, Showcase of Floats

Live on Green is back! with the USAF, LA Rams, fun, and entertainment

Live on Green celebrated USAF and the Rose Parade (photos)

Celebrities & Sponsors

Brad Ratliff, Tournament of Roses 2017 president, shares the echoes of his success

Pres. Brad Ratliff will ride with the Borax 20 Mule Team

Twenty Mule Team brings back Death Valley Days

Greg Louganis, Janet Evans, Allyson Felix  are 2017 Rose Parade Grand Marshals

Grand Marshals Evans, Louganis, and Felix try out their Rose Parade rides
Los Angeles and Grand Marshals make a rosy bid for the 2024 Olympics at the Rose Parade (photos)

Tournament of Roses celebrities and Salvation Army Band in 2017 Rose Parade

Giti sweepstakes (on Facebook)

David Eads of LA Chamber announced as new Executive Director/CEO of  Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Helpful Links

Tournament of Roses

Tournament of Roses Parade Day Guide

Visit Pasadena Rose Parade spectator guide

Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau

Rose Bowl Stadium

Visit Pasadena Rose Bowl Game spectator guide

Rose Parade official tours at PrimeSport

Rose Bowl Game official tours at PrimeSport

 

 

Meet the 7 young women on the 2017 Rose Parade Royal Court

Maya Kawaguchi Khan, Arcadia HS; Natalie Rose Petrosian, La Cañada HS; Autumn Marie Lundy, Polytechnic HS; Shannon Tracy Larsuel, Mayfield Senior School; Lauren Emiko Powers, Arcadia HS; Audrey Mariam Cameron, Blair HS; Victoria Cecilia Castellanos, Temple City HS. c.2016 LBMonteros
Maya Kawaguchi Khan, Arcadia HS; Natalie Rose Petrosian, La Cañada HS; Autumn Marie Lundy, Polytechnic HS; Shannon Tracy Larsuel, Mayfield Senior School; Lauren Emiko Powers, Arcadia HS; Audrey Mariam Cameron, Blair HS; Victoria Cecilia Castellanos, Temple City HS. c.2016 LBMonteros

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Tuesday morning at Tournament House, 34 young women, each one qualified to represent the Tournament of Roses on the 2017 Royal Court, stood on the south porch of the Wrigley Mansion, each one hoping to hear her school, number, and name called to be on the Royal Court. That happened for seven ladies who will have the adventure of their lives over the next year. Rose Princesses Bryce Bakewell, Natalie Hernandez-Barber, and Donaly Marquez ended their 2016 service by handing rose bouquets to the girls.

This is a pretty impressive gaggle of girls. Four are planning on going into careers related to the medical field, one wants to study computer science at Caltech, another will study broadcast journalism, and one has already performed in five musicals. “Lucky” is not the word to describe these young ladies. “Mature,” “grounded,” and “extraordinary” are better terms. Readers will be amazed at the variety of volunteer experience and interests each one has.

The members of the Royal Court will be whisked off to Newport Beach this weekend and over the next two weeks will get to know each other, bond as a Court, and be observed by members of the Queen & Court Committee. The Rose Queen will be chosen from these seven girls and announced at the Coronation on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at the Pasadena Playhouse. Tickets are available for purchase from Sharp Seating Company.

Audrey Cameron, c2016LBM
Audrey Cameron, c2016LBM

Rose Princess Audrey Mariam Cameron, 17, is a senior at Blair High School and lives in Pasadena. She said it’s a tradition to try out for the Rose Court, as Blair student and Rose Princess Donaly Marquez did last year. “I’m so excited to follow in her footsteps,” she told us. “So excited to represent our school.”

Audrey is part of the National Honors Society, PTSA, ASB, the varsity cross country team, and varsity track and field team. She volunteers as a mentor through SWAMP (Students with a Mentor Program) and the IB (International Baccalaureate) Mentor Program. She is musical as well as athletic, playing the violin and piano. She also enjoys reading, baking, and snowboarding. Audrey hopes to study pre-med and English literature at UCLA. Her parents are Margaret Cameron and the late Scott Cameron and she has three siblings, Madeleine, Liam and Luke.

Tori Castellanos, c2016LBM
Tori Castellanos, c2016LBM

Rose Princess Victoria “Tori” Cecilia Castellanos,17, is a senior at Temple City High School and lives in Temple City. She sings with Brighterside Singers at TCHS and has performed in five of the school’s musicals. We saw her in The Music Man as one of the “Pick-A-Littles” earlier this year. She said that the next musical will be My Fair Lady, and she put in a pitch for the annual Fall Festival on Oct. 15 that helps raise money for the vocal arts program.

Tori volunteers with the Pasadena Humane Society, Zooh Corner at Petco and the American Legion in Eagle Rock. She enjoys writing short stories, reading, painting, collecting antiques and thrift shopping with her mom. Tori plans to study English, Musical Theater, and Japanese and would like to attend Amherst College or Smith College. She is the daughter of Jesse Castellanos and Rachel Lasota and has three siblings, John, Erika and Margarita.

Maya Khan, c2016LBM
Maya Khan, c2016LBM

Rose Princess Maya Kawaguchi Khan, 18, is a senior at Arcadia High School and lives in South Pasadena. She told us the interview process was a bit stressful, but she prayed before each interview. We spoke with her mother, Yoko Kawaguchi, who said she herself hasn’t been too involved in the Tournament of Rose until the day of the announcement. Is it all new to you, we asked? “Yes, it is!” she replied.

Maya plans on studying nursing and would like to attend Cal State Fullerton. She is a student producer on Arcadia High School’s Apache News, an online news channel and volunteers with Union Station Homeless Shelter serving food to homeless people, Arcadia Recreation and Community Services coaching youth basketball, and as a Bible study teacher for elementary to middle school students. Maya enjoys going to the gym, trying new foods, watching movies, and exploring the city. She is the daughter of Yoko Kawaguchi and has one brother, Alex.

Shannon Larsuel, c2016LBM
Shannon Larsuel, c2016LBM

Rose Princess Shannon Tracy Larsuel, 17, is a senior at Mayfield Senior School and lives in Altadena. Her Number One college of choice to study human biology with a focus in pre-med is Yale. We asked what her backup schools are. Georgetown or U Penn, she said, “Anywhere on the East Coast.” She has wanted to be a Rose Princess ever since the Royal Court visited her Girl Scout troop.

Shannon has been a National Honor Society member since 2014 and served this past summer as an intern at The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Research. She serves teen vice president with Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Pasadena Chapter Group V. and enjoys reading, traveling and exploring, and spending time with family and friends. Shannon’s parents are Dori Larsuel and the late Roy Larsuel; she has one sister, Chelsea.

Autumn Lundy, c2016LBM
Autumn Lundy, c2016LBM

Rose Princess Autumn Marie Lundy, 17, is a senior at Polytechnic School and lives in Altadena. Born and raised in Pasadena, she told us she grew up with the Rose Parade. “I’ve been waiting for the tryouts! I’ve dreamt about it since I was a little girl.”

Autumn belongs to the Girls Service League, Crescenta Valley Soccer Club and girls’ varsity soccer team. She is currently co-president of the Black Student Union and has served as a student ambassador in the organization for the past three years. She volunteers with the Kidspace Halloween Festival, Reading Partners, Soccer without Borders, and Villa Parke Community Center. Autumn enjoys acting, drawing and painting portraits. She would like to attend Baylor University and plans on majoring in human biology and minoring in human physiology. Autumn is the daughter of Jon Lundy and Kim Lundy and has one sister.

Natalie Petrosian, c2016LBM
Natalie Petrosian, c2016LBM

Rose Princess Natalie Rose Petrosian, 17, is a senior at La Cañada High School and lives in La Cañada Flintridge. 2016 Rose Princess Natalie Hernandez-Barber handed her the bouquet of roses when her name was called to take her place on the Royal Court. She told us that she wasn’t sure she would try out, but her mother urged her on. “Mother knows best with girls,” she laughed. She enjoyed getting to know the other girls as they waited to be interviewed by the Queen & Court Committee.

Natalie is part of the girls’ varsity tennis team, Link Crew, JPL Space Academy, Future Problem Solvers Club, the 20% Time Project, and the California Athletic Trainer’s Association (CATA) Sports Medicine Competition. She volunteers with Rescue Train and enjoys listening to music, dancing, watching sporting events and writing software programs.  She would like to attend the California Institute of Technology and plans on majoring in computer science with a minor in political science. Natalie is the daughter of Shahen Petrosian and Rebecca Loera Nash.

Emi Powers, c2016LBM
Emi Powers, c2016LBM

Rose Princess Lauren “Emi” Emiko Powers, 17, is a senior at Arcadia High School and lives in Arcadia. “I’m so excited. I can’t believe it’s happening,” she said. She is looking forward to the many events the Royal Court participates in, especially going to the hospital to meet the kids.

Emi is part of Arcadia High School’s Apache News, and Speech and Debate. Her volunteer work includes Arcadia Assisteens, Girl Scouts, Methodist Hospital’s ICU and her church youth group. She enjoys Taiko drums, bike riding, traveling, baking, and making those around her laugh. Emi would like to attend Syracuse University and plans on majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in public relations. Emi is the daughter of Fred and Candice Powers and she has two brothers, Jonathan and Michael.

 

 

Photo Gallery of the Announcement of the 2017 Royal Court