2017 Tournament of Roses Royal Court Announced in Pasadena

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Following a monthlong process that included nearly 1,000 young women, the rose queen finalists were named to the 2017 Tournament of Roses Royal Court during a ceremony at the Tournament House in Pasadena Tuesday.

The finalists are: Maya Kawaguchi Khan, of Arcadia High School;Victoria Cecilia Castellanos, of Temple City High School; Natalie Rose Petrosian, of La Cañada High School; Audrey Mariam Cameron, of Blair High School; Autumn Marie Lundy, of Polytechnic School; Lauren Emiko Powers, of Arcadia High School;and Shannon Tracy Larsuel, of Mayfield Senior School.

An announcement of the seven court members — who were chosen from a group of 34 finalists — took place at Tournament House about 9:30 a.m.

The committee makes it selection based on a number of  factors, including speaking ability, academic achievement, and community and school involvement, according to the Tournament of Roses website.

They will to be part of the Royal Court that will reign over the 128th Rose Parade, themed “Echoes of Success,” and will attend the 103rd Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 2, 2017.

The court will also make close to 100 other media and community appearances throughout the year.

The Rose Queen will be announced on the evening of Oct. 20 during a coronation ceremony at the Pasadena Playhouse.