Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Flintridge Preparatory School senior Erika Karen Winter was named Thursday as the 2016 Rose Queen.

Winter was chosen from among the seven members of the Royal Court, who are all 17 years old. The members of the court were selected earlier this month from a field of more than 900 applicants.

Winter is a member of her school’s cheer and dance team and Student Senate, and president of the Hip Hop Club and Craft Club.

Winter is a peer counselor, a volunteer instructor for dance classes for autistic youths and had the lead role in her school’s spring musical. She enjoys singing, acting, spin cycling and watching hockey.

Winter said she would like to study marketing and psychology in the college and hopes to work in marketing and communications within the fashion industry.

Winter and the six princesses will make as many as 100 community and media appearances, culminating with the 127th Rose Parade and the 102nd Rose Bowl Game. The parade theme is “Find Your Adventure.”

The selection was announced at the Pasadena Convention Center.

The members of the Tournament of Roses Royal Court were chosen earlier this month after surviving a rigorous selection process that winnowed down a list of more than 900 applicants.

Members of the court are chosen based on criteria including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement and community involvement.

The six princesses are:

  • Bryce Marie Bakewell, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy;
  • Donaly Elizabeth Marquez, Blair High School;
  • Natalie Breanne Hernandez-Barber, Alverno High School;
  • Rachelle Chacal Renee Liu, San Marino High School;
  • Regina Marche Pullens, Maranatha High School; and
  • Sarah Sumiko Shaklan, La Canada High School.

City News Service

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