Tournament of Roses Down to Top 250 Contestants

Girls from all over the Pasadena area and its local area all compete to be part of the Rose Court and participate in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.

Written by ASHLEY CHANG / Published October 1, 2010

More than 1000 young women tried out for the Tournament of Roses Royal Court on the 18th and 20th of September with hopes of being selected to be in the 2011 Rose Queen and Court.

Amongst the 250 young women selected from the first round, 17 were from Temple City and will continue to compete against each other for the seven coveted spots of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court.

The first test was for each contestant to describe herself in 15 seconds. The contestants had to make sure that they could overcome their nerves and spark an interest in the judges.

“Although 15 seconds isn’t nearly enough time to fully know a person,” High School Senior Julia Zhu said, “I feel that the tryouts are organized in the most efficient and fairest manner possible.”

The tryouts are a month long process composed of interviews and other meetings. Besides attending the Rose Parade, the Rose Queen and her Royal Court will also publicize the city of Pasadena through numerous public and media events. The eleven judges look for poise, appearance, academic achievements, and other unique qualities in each individual and will eventually cut the number of participants to 25 in the final round.

Participants are promised to have an extraordinary experience through the process of trying out and will also gain long lasting memories. Together they will continue “Building dreams, friendships, and memories,” as is the motto of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, which proves to be true.


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