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Centennial's Grace Ramstad named Rose princess

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL - Grace Ramstad is the first Rose Festival Princess ever from Centennial High School. Grace Ramstad, a senior at Centennial High School, was named a princess of the Rose Festival Court representing the Metro East area, the first ever Princess for Centennial.

The 18-year-old boasts a long list of accomplishments. She is the student representative on the Centennial School Board, has earned a Gresham Great Young Citizen Award and Multnomah County Citizen Involvement Award.

Ramstad plans to attend college and pursue a policy, business or computer science education. She plans to work in the nonprofit or public sector, focusing on education and educational policy, her official court biography said.

When asked what she is most proud of in her high school career, she told Rose Festival officials that she is “most proud of my community and the support they’ve provided as I and other students started a nonprofit organization, Food for Families (food4families.net), which operates a mobile food pantry around the Centennial School District.”

She said, with Food for Families “community members are able to ‘shop’ for the foods they need at no cost. We served 600 families in the first six months. This would not have been possible without the support of our community.”

Members of the Rose Festival Court start the first week of May to represent the Rose Festival at community events, at hospitals, senior centers and other venues. Court members receive $3,500 scholarships, a wardrobe and mentoring by a female executive.

The Queen of Rosaria will be crowned on June 11 before the Grand Floral Parade, as they have been since 1907. The queen, selected from among the princesses, represents the Rose Festival for a year with appearances across the country and abroad. The selection of the queen is based on her leadership, academic achievement, school and civic activities, communication skills and overall impression.

The Grand Floral Parade is Princess Ramstad’s favorite Rose Festival event.