Ladies and Gents, Pasadena's 94th Rose Queen Named Today
She's the 94th young lady to wear the crown and bear the title of Rose Queen: Drew Helen Washington, 16, was named today to the highest position in the royal court, and she will preside over the pomp and circumstance (and controversial floats) of the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade and the 98th Rose Bowl Game.
Washington, selected out of the seven finalist princesses who advanced from an initial pool of about 1,000 young ladies from the Pasadena area, lives in Pasadena and attends Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.
Here's more about her:
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.
Of Washington and the six princesses, Tournament of Roses 2012 President Rick Jackson said: “They are talented, graceful and stellar role models who will inspire many young girls. We are delighted to have Queen Drew lead our court and reign over the 123rd Rose Parade and 98th Rose Bowl Game.”
The royal court receives a full wardrobe and styling from Macy's as well as special jewelry, and will get to spend the next year appearing at about 150 community events. Lest there be any uncertainty, the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game take place in Pasadena on Monday January 2, 2012 (yep, the day after New Year's Day).