The Tournament of Roses has chosen Nadia Chung as the 2022 Rose Queen as Pasadena’s New Year’s Day traditions return after a pandemic-spurred yr on maintain.
The announcement was made throughout a ceremony hosted by Lynette Romero, anchor and reporter for the KTLA 5 Morning News, on the metropolis’s famed Tournament House on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Romero was joined by Tournament of Roses President Bob Miller, who was on hand to announce — and crown — the Tournament’s 103rd Rose Queen.
Chung’s princess friends gleefully chanted “Nadia! Nadia!” after the identify of the shocked winner was introduced by Miller throughout a ceremony livecast through social media.
“Nadia is definitely the queen,” stated Princess McKenzie Street, clearly delighted for her pal and Royal Court cohort. “I totally see the qualities like the leadership qualities in her and she’s just a great girl.”
Princess Ava Feldman joked the Royal Court refers to Chung as Speaker of the House however the 103rd Rose Queen downplayed her function as chief of the group throughout a photoshoot Tuesday.
Instead, Chung might be heard praising her fellow princesses — a scene that completely encapsulated why she was chosen as queen, the princesses stated whereas they posed alongside their newfound greatest mates in entrance of the Tournament House.
“I’d say that every single person on this court is a big dreamer. And I think that’s why we’re here,” Chung stated after the ceremony. “I do believe that if you dream big and you believe in yourself and the people around you then you can achieve anything you want to.”
The 2022 parade’s theme is “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” That idea wasn’t misplaced on the brand new queen who stated being on the Rose Court has been a lifelong dream as a result of she appreciates the poise, intelligence and dedication to service exhibited by all of the younger girls who’ve discovered themselves lucky sufficient to be chosen to the celebrated place, she stated.
“But being on the court this year was especially important to me,” Chung stated, “because I know that during COVID some people had to put their dreams on hold. So I wanted to make sure that everyone did believe in themselves, and that they could dream, and that they could achieve. And this year’s theme really resonated deeply with me.”
Chung, a senior at La Cañada High School who lives in La Cañada, presently works as a journalist. She additionally competes in speech and debate competitions and helps manage free debates workshops round city, based on her father, Sanah Chung, who was in attendance to introduce and escort his daughter to the stage.
“She’s a great representative as Rose Queen,” Sanah Chung stated, recalling the shock the 2 felt earlier this month throughout the Royal Court picks. “She’s a delightful person and a wonderful, wonderful being. It’s special being this young lady’s dad.”
When she’s not working, Chung enjoys performing classical ballet and climbing with mates. She stated she intends to review political science and journalism with the hopes of turning into a civil rights legal professional specializing in social justice.
Chung’s mom is Sonia Chang and she or he has a brother, Toby.
“I don’t think it has set in completely yet. But I think there is a feeling of reassurance when we’re all together because we know we’re going through this as a group,” Chung stated. “We’re not going through this alone.”
This week’s choice is the ultimate main ceremony earlier than the queen joins Grand Marshal LeVar Burton and the 2022 Royal Court to experience within the 133rd Rose Parade and attend the 108th Rose Bowl Game. Both shall be held in Pasadena on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
And Miller stated in an interview Tuesday Burton and Chung are the proper folks to steer this yr’s push to have a good time training.
“Our theme speaks to the dreamers of the world,” Miller stated from the rostrum Tuesday.
The annual procession down Colorado Boulevard was canceled in 2020 on account of coronavirus issues, marking solely the fourth cancellation within the occasion’s 132-year historical past.
The cancelation meant the Tournament of Roses was unable to select a Rose Queen and Royal Court last year, nonetheless, organizers this yr are hoping to place the previous behind them and have promised a profitable return.
Tournament of Roses leaders have already begun working with Pasadena Public Health Department officials to organize for the 1000’s of vacationers and guests from around the globe who will flock to Pasadena to catch a glimpse of the decorated floats and different New Year’s Day festivities.
When actor-director-literacy-booster Burton took the Tournament House podium earlier this month, his first order of enterprise as marshal was to introduce his spouse, Stephanie Cozart Burton, who labored as a Royal Court make-up artist in 1989.
Cozart Burton gained’t be portray the faces of this yr’s court docket however she is going to be part of the younger girls on a range of adventures.
“We want the whole enchilada of the Tournament of Roses experience,” Burton stated in an interview after the Grand Marshal ceremony.
Miller stated in an interview on the time Burton will get his want and extra as he prepares to experience within the 133rd march and be part of within the pre-game celebration of the 108th Rose Bowl Game.
The Royal Court members and the Rose Queen serve as ambassadors for the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena group and larger Los Angeles space, attending dozens of public occasions and engagements within the months main as much as the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.
Each member of the court docket receives a $7,500 academic scholarship as half of the Tournament of Roses’ legacy.
Members of the court docket are chosen from amongst tons of of candidates annually, primarily based on standards together with public talking, educational achievement, youth management and group and college involvement.
Meet the 2020 Royal Court
Queen Nadia Chung is a senior at La Cañada High School and lives in La Cañada.
Princess Jeannine Briggs is a senior at John Marshall basic High School and lives in Pasadena. As an lively participant in lots of golf equipment, Briggs enjoys advocating for ladies’s rights together with singing, appearing and linguistics. She plans to review Global Studies, worldwide relations and journalism and want to attend regulation college and change into a broadcast journalist.
Princess Ava Feldman is a senior at South Pasadena High School and lives in South Pasadena. Like her friends, she is concerned in lots of organizations however Feldman can be a fierce competitor in tennis and volunteers with youngsters when she’s not exploring the encompassing Los Angeles space together with her mates, household and canines. She plans to review little one improvement or psychology with the hopes of at some point turning into a baby psychologist.
Princess Abigail Griffith is a senior at Pasadena High School and lives in Pasadena the place she enjoys stitching, origami, graphic design and structure. Griffith additionally enjoys artwork as effectively as finding out the cultures of Latin America. Once in school, she intends to review structure to change into a licensed architect sooner or later.
Princess Swetha Somasundaram is a senior at Arcadia High School and lives in Temple City. Somasundaram works as a student trainer at Los Angeles Tamil School and possesses a deep information of Bharatanatyam dance. She additionally performs violin, writes poetry and paints when she’s not making ready for her future research in biomedical engineering in order that she will be able to at some point change into a most cancers researcher.
Princess McKenzie Street is a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and lives in Pasadena. She is presently a member of many organizations and based her college’s trend membership. When she’s not accessorizing, Street enjoys enjoying piano and advocating for environmental and social justice. Street plans to review communications and media however can be excited by pc science. One day she hopes to show the topic to underrepresented communities.
Princess Jaeda Walden is a senior at La Cañada High School and lives in La Cañada the place she participates in native golf equipment and performs on the varsity volleyball staff. She enjoys ceramics, reside music and thrifting and hopes to review psychology, enterprise or advertising and marketing sooner or later.