The 2016 Rose Queen, who will preside over the upcoming Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game, will be chosen Thursday from among the seven teenage members of the Royal Court.
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 poise, speaking ability, academic achievement and community and school involvement. The queen will be chosen from among them.
The members of the court, all 17 years old, 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;
— Sarah Sumiko Shaklan, La Canada High School; and
— Erika Karen Winter, Flintridge Preparatory School.
The queen will be announced at an event at the Pasadena Convention Center.
The queen and her court will attend nearly 100 community and media functions in the weeks leading up to the 127th Rose Parade and 102nd Rose Bowl game. The theme of this year’s parade is “Find Your Adventure.”
—Staff and wire reports