South Pasadena’s Cole Fox Selected for 2020 Tournament of Roses Royal Court

Rose Queen Down to 7 Finalists. Fox & finalists will each receive a $7,500 educational scholarship and serve as one of seven ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community, and the greater Los Angeles area.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Cole Fox, SPHS student and South Pasadena Resident, has been selected as one of the final seven in the Tournament of Roses Royal Court

“Surreal,” was the way Cole Fox described the feeling Monday morning after she was selected to serve on the Tournament Royal Court, joining six other young women who will represent the prestigious organization over the next several months leading up to the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s day.

“I didn’t think it was going to happen,” said Fox, moments after the announcement at the Tournament House in Pasadena. “It feels really good.”

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Cole Fox, SPHS student and South Pasadena Resident, has been selected as one of the final seven in the Tournament of Roses Royal Court

Her sister, Harper, was a senior two years ago and tried out for the Royal Court “and had a real fun time,” Fox continued, responding why she pursued becoming a member of the Royal Court. “I’ve grown up here and have always known about it and was excited about it; never did I think I would be here.”

Fox knows that her sister will be “super excited for me along with my grandparents,” she said.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | 2020 Tournament of Roses President and South Pasadena resident, Laura Farber

Looking down the road, Fox, unsure of where she will be attending college next year, wants to study biology and later become a dermatologist “and (is) figuring out life as it goes.”

Fox was amongst three South Pasadena students who were finalists, the others being Mia Dawson, also from SPHS, and Eleanor Washburn of Westridge School.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | The 25 preliminary 2020 Royal Court Finalists

On January 1, Fox will join other Royal Court members in riding down Colorado Boulevard in the 131st Rose Parade and at the 106 Rose Bowl Game

Joining Fox on the Royal Court will be Camille Kennedy, La Salle High School; Emille Risha, Flintridge Sacred Heart; Rakan Saif, Arcadia High School; Reese Rosental Saporito, Marshall Fundamental School in Altadena; Mia Thorsen, Marshall Fundamental School in Altadena and Michael Wilkins, Maranatha in Pasadena.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | The final 7 members of the Tournament of Roses Royal Court ( L-R: Rukan Saif, Arcadia High School; Mia Thorsen, John Marshall Fundamental High School; Emille Risha, Flintridge Sacred Heart; Reese Rosental Saporito, John Marshall Fundamental School; Michael Wilkins, Marantha High School; Camille Kennedy, La Selle High School; Cole Fox, South Pasadena High School )

Fox serves as the Associated Student Body Senior Class Vice President at South Pasadena High, is head of design for the school’s yearbook – Copa de Oro, serves as the School Site Council secretary, is a Girl Scout member, POSSE Foundation Scholarship semi-finalist and the leading role in the school play “Metamorphoses.”

She enjoys vegan cooking, Sudoku puzzles, creative writing, painting, dancing and hairstyling are among her many interests.

Cole is the daughter of Robert and Rachel Fox and has two siblings, Harper and Sawyer.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | The final 7 members of the Tournament of Roses Royal Court with Tournament of Roses president, Laura Farber (Center) ( L-R: Rukan Saif, Arcadia High School; Mia Thorsen, John Marshall Fundamental High School; Emille Risha, Flintridge Sacred Heart; Reese Rosental Saporito, John Marshall Fundamental School; Michael Wilkins, Marantha High School; Camille Kennedy, La Selle High School; Cole Fox, South Pasadena High School )

This year’s theme for the Rose Parade is the “Power of Hope,” and the president of the 2020 Tournament of Roses, Laura Farber, who makes her home in South Pasadena, said, “Hope is the belief that is wanted can be obtained, from the struggles of those who came before us, to dreams yet fulfilled, hope is more than the possibility of fulfillment. Hope is dignity and respect, joy and happiness, aspiration and achievement. And with hope, we can aspire to do better and inspire others to reach higher. With hope everything is possible. Hope never quits. No one can ever take hope away from you. Currently, in this country and this world we are so divided and hope can bring everyone together, everyone on America’s New Year’s celebration. And, we look at these finalists and we have hope for our future.”

On Tuesday, October 22, the announcement of the 102nd Rose Queen and the official Royal Court Coronation will be held at the Pasadena Playhouse.