Seven young women were named to the 2014 Tournament of Roses Royal Court on Monday and will now embark on months of public appearances as they promote the upcoming Rose Parade in Pasadena.
The women were chosen from a group of 30 finalists who were culled from nearly 1,000 applicants for the coveted spots. A selection committee began wading through the applications and interviews more than a month ago, Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins said.
"They made our decisions this year extremely challenging," he said. All of the applicants were from schools in the greater Pasadena area.
The seven members of the 2014 Royal Court are:
Ana Marie Acosta, a 17-year-old captain of the varsity equestrian team at Polytechnic School; Sarah Hansen, a 19-year-old Pasadena City College student who teaches preschool; Kayla Johnson-Granberry, a 17-year-old Pasadena High student who was an intern at the L.A. city attorney’s office; Jamie Kwong, 17, a senior who is president of the National Honors Society at La Salle High School; Katherine Lipp, a 17-year-old La Cañada High student who helped deliver meals to poor residents in downtown L.A.; Elyssia Widjaja, 17, captain of the speech and debate team at San Marino High; and Elizabeth Woolf, 17, a La Cañada High student who is a teacher’s assistant and editor of the school's yearbook.
Together, the women will attend more than 100 public events, but they'll get an assist. The Royal Court will be provided with wardrobe and accessories as well as hair and makeup stylists, according to the tournament association.
As the names were announced at the Tournament of Roses house in Pasadena, a crowd of friends and family cheered as the women stepped down to the stage to accept large bouquets of roses.
The Rose Queen will be announced Oct. 24.
Famed Dodgers play-by-play broadcaster Vin Scully will be leading the 125th Rose Parade through Pasadena on Jan. 1 as grand marshal.