The 2016 Tournament of Roses royal court. Courtesy photo
The 2016 Tournament of Roses royal court. Courtesy photo

Temple City High School senior Victoria Cecilia Castellanos was named as the 2017 Rose Queen.

Castellanos was chosen from among the seven members of the Royal Court. The members of the court were selected earlier this month from a field of more than 1,000 applicants.

Castellanos has been a part of Brighterside Singers since her sophomore year and has been in five Temple City High School musicals. She volunteers with the Pasadena Humane Society and the American Legion in Eagle Rock.

Castellanos enjoys writing short stories, reading, painting, collecting antiques and thrift shopping with her mother. She plans to study English, musical theater and Japanese and would like to attend Amherst College or Smith College.

Castellanos and the six princesses will make nearly 100 community and media appearances, culminating with the 128th Rose Parade and the 103rd Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 2. The theme of the parade will be ”Echoes of Success.”   The game and parade will be held Jan. 2, because Jan. 1 falls on a Sunday.

The selection was announced at the Pasadena Convention Center.

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

The six princesses are:

  • Maya Khan, 18, Arcadia High School
  • Natalie Petrosian, 17, La Canada High School
  • Audrey Cameron, 17, Blair High School
  • Autumn Lundy, 17, Polytechnic School
  • Lauren Powers, 17, Arcadia High School
  • Shannon Larsuel, 17, Mayfield Senior School

—City News Service

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