Before the final round of interviews, the 28 finalists for the 2023 Royal Court presented by Citizens Business Bank took a group photo on the front steps of Tournament House. Applicants from 33 Pasadena area schools participated in the interview process and seven of the finalists will be named to the 2023 Royal Court on October 3, 2022. The announcement will be live-streamed on the Tournament of Roses YouTube channel beginning at 9 a.m. PST.
Of the 28 finalists, two are from South Pasadena High School.
Members of the 2023 Royal Court will each receive a $7,500 educational scholarship and serve as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses®, the Pasadena community and the greater Los Angeles area.
Royal Court members experience countless benefits; becoming part of an organization dedicated to hands-on volunteerism, discovering opportunities to connect with and give back to the local community, developing public speaking skills and growing self-confidence.
Volunteer Members of the Tournament of Roses’ Queen and Court Committee made its selections based on a number of criteria including academic achievement, community and school involvement, public speaking ability and youth leadership.
The 2023 Royal Court will ride down Colorado Blvd. on the Royal Court float in the 134th Rose Parade® presented by Honda and attend the 109th Rose Bowl Game®, both on Monday, January 2, 2023.
The 28 Royal Court Finalists, photographed in numeric order:
First row, from left:
(#6) Eva Domenghini, Alverno Heights Academy; (#12) Michelle Cortez-Peralta, Pasadena High School; (#14) Kaitlyn Huang, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; (#19) Uma Wittenberg, La Canada High School; (#24) Navya Kannan, Arcadia High School; (#37) Sydney Yee, Arcadia High School; (#41) Alexis Kim, Polytechnic School; (#56) Rachel Towner, Mayfield Senior School; (#57) Sahanna Rajinikanthan, Arcadia High School; (#67) Zoe Denoncourt, John Marshall Fundamental High School; (#76) Lucia Colwell, Polytechnic School; (#90) Faith Perez, Temple City High School.
Second row, from left:
(#99) Isabelle Whetsel, South Pasadena High School; (#100) Clementine Anzalone, Polytechnic School; (#109) Noel Johnson-Montoya, John Muir High School; (#125) Lyric Woo, Westridge School; (#132) Marisa Sanders, Maranatha High School; (#134) Bella Ballard, Other: The Ogburn Online School; (#255) Gianna Repetti, Other: George Washington University Online High School; (#258) Arianne Rising, Mayfield Senior School; (#276) Kianna Le, Temple City High School.
Top row, from left:
(#289) Molly Kirschenbaum, Westridge School; (#292) Katherine Shaw, La Canada High School; (#299) Rachel Noonan, South Pasadena High School; (#300) Grace Nelson, Westridge School; (#320) Natalie Vandergriff, Pasadena City College; (#332) Adrian Crick, Sequoyah High School; (#351) Salia Baligh, Alverno Heights Academy.