Tournament of Roses Selects 96th Rose Queen – Ana Marie Acosta

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Ana Marie Acosta, 17, was named the 2014 Rose Queen during a coronation ceremony in Pasadena on Oct. 24. (Credit: KTLA News)

Ana Marie Acosta was named the 2014 Rose Queen at a coronation ceremony in Pasadena.

The 17-year-old from Altadena was chosen from the seven members of the Royal Court, who were named Oct. 7.

“It was such a great feeling because there’s so many great girls up on this court and I’m so glad to be a part of them,” Rose Queen Ana Maria Acosta said. “So when I heard my name it was amazing.”

Acosta is a student at Polytechnic School and is an aspiring neurologist.

Her proud father was on hand for the special moment.

“It was just incredible,” father Dr. John H. Acosta said. “I can’t express it fully, I was just elated. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.”

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The seven women named to the 2014 Tournament of Roses Royal Court, from left, are Jamie Kwong, 17; Sarah Hansen, 19; Ana Marie Acosta, 17; Katherine Lipp, 17; Elyssia Widjaja, 17; Elizabeth Woolf, 17, and Kayla Johnson-Granberry, 17. (Credit: Dennis Hammond/Pasadena Tournament of Roses)

The coronation event marks the naming of the 96th Rose Queen from a group of young women who began competing from nearly 1,000 entrants in September.

The court members were, in alphabetical order: Ana Marie Acosta, 17, of Polytechnic School; Sarah Elizabeth Hansen, 19, of Pasadena City College; Kayla Diyana Johnson-Granberry, 17, of Pasadena High School; Jamie Ann Kwong, 17, of La Salle High School; Katherine Diane Lipp, 17, of La Cañada High School; Elyssia Hadi Widjaja, 17, of San Marino High School; and Elizabeth Katie Woolf, 17, of La Cañada High School.

Before participating in the 125th Rose Parade on Jan. 1, the Rose Queen and the Royal Court attend more than 100 events in the community organized by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.