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Cleveland and Franklin pick their Portland Rose Festival Princesses

by: David F. Ashton and Rose Festival, Cleveland High’s Princess, Marshawna Williams, at left; Franklin High’s Princess, Diamond Symone Zerework, at right.

The student bodies of Cleveland and Franklin High Schools chose their representatives for the 2008 Portland Rose Festival Court in March.

At Cleveland High School, Marshawna R. Williams was selected to represent her school.

Williams is the Co-President of Black Student Union, Student Body Vice President, and active member of National Honors Society, and she enjoys volleyball and being of service to the community. Her hobbies include 'singing, writing, poetry, and babysitting neighborhood kids'.

About her future, Williams said, 'I plan to attend University of Portland and earn a Bachelors degree in Engineering.'

Franklin High School's chosen representative was Diamond Symone Zerework.

For the past two years, Zerework has been part of Franklin High's Leadership Program and a S.T.A.R.S. teen Leader/counselor. She's been the President of the Black Student Union for three years. 'I have also been dedicated to the Mock Trial and Advanced Mock Trial program for the past two years. I will receive my Law course completion Certificate from Franklin High School this year.'

Looking ahead, Zerework added, 'I intend on receiving my B.A. in Psychology, then attending Law School before becoming a Corporate Attorney.'

The 2008 Portland Rose Festival Queen's Coronation takes place on June 7, just before the start of the Grand Floral Parade. For tickets, or more information, visit online: www.rosefestival.org, or call the toll-free hotline: 1-877/789-7673.