Hillsboro students named finalists for Rose Festival court
Judges with the Rose Festival have narrowed the list of potential Washington County princesses to four, three of which are from the Hillsboro School District.
Two Century High School seniors, Alussa Bui and Mikaela Grover, join Glencoe senor Claire Graves and Westview High School junior Maya Bedge to vie for the seat on the Rose Festival Court.
According to Rose Festival spokesman Rich Jarvis, judges made their decisions on Feb. 10, after two rounds of speeches and questions.
The Washington County princess will join 14 others on the Rose Festival Court, which draws students from across the Portland area. Students in Portland schools will vote to select a princess to represent their school. In Washington County, the winners will be selected by committee. If selected as a Rose Festival princess, students receive a $3,500 scholarship.
Traditionally a Portland-only event, the festival has allowed a Washington County representative since 2011.
Last year, Century High School senior Michaela Canete was crowned Rose Festival queen. Canete's coronation is the first time in its history the annual Portland festival has selected a Hillsboro teenager as its queen.
Canete participated in a large number of clubs and activities at Century, including Key Club International, the National Honor Society, the Mentorship Program and the school's cheer and dance teams. During her high school career Canete won the Scholar Athlete Award six times, the Key Club Secretary Award, the Health Services Department Award, the Dance Sportsmanship Award and the Cheerleading Leadership Award.
The Rose Festival Court will be announced next month, and the queen of the Rose Festival will be named in June as part of the Portland Rose Festival.