Ten Berge is one of 15 princesses to vie for the queens crown

A Lake Oswego High School senior will wear one of the most coveted tiaras in the Portland metro area.

Megan Ten Berge, 17, will be the Metro East princess in this year’s Portland Rose Festival court. Fourteen other high school students also will compete for the festival queen’s crown.

Ten Berge, a member of the National Honor Society, participates in choir, cross country, track and hiking club and she is a Laker Crew leader.

by: FILE PHOTO - Lake Oswego High School senior Megan Ten Berge is among this year's Portland Rose Festival princesses.She plans to attend the University of Alabama Honors College and study nursing. She enjoys painting, cooking, hiking, writing, teaching Sunday school and volunteering.

What she learned about herself in high school is that she needs to give back to the Lake Oswego and Portland communities that have helped shape her character and develop her academic skills.

“I have discovered that I have a responsibility to make these communities even better than they were when I came here, so they can keep shaping lives like they have mine,” Ten Berge said. “This has made service in my community an integral part of my life — it is the least I can do to pay them back.”

To select the final court, community members who are not affiliated with local high schools judge candidates who pass an academic eligibility test and make it through two rounds of interviews. The high school women are assessed based on leadership, scholastic achievements, school activities, civic involvement, volunteer projects, communication skills and overall impression.

Each selected princess receives a $3,500 scholarship, which The Randall Group has donated since 1997. The young women take on ambassadorial roles, attending community events. To choose a queen, judges assess the princesses on how they present themselves during those events and how they take to their training, which includes lessons on approaching the media. The Rose Festival queen will be crowned June 8 before the Grand Floral Parade, which begins at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The winner is kept top secret until the big reveal.

“It’s like an Academy Award that’s kept in a sealed envelope until the last possible moment,” said Rich Jarvis, public relations manager Portland Rose Festival Foundation.

Ten Berge loves the Starlight Parade, the first Rose Festival event she attended.

“My memories of watching the impressive floats with the feeling that summer is just around the corner in this beautiful city will always be close to my heart,” she said.

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