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Rose Festival Royalty

Meet the 2014 Rose Festival Court


The Rose Festival Court of 15 young women has been making several appearances around the city, and the last event will be 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St., after which judges will meet to decide the Queen of Rosaria.

BROOKSThe Queen’s Coronation will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, followed by the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. Let’s meet the 15 princesses from area high schools (full bios are at www.rosefestival.org):

Deja Brooks, Wilson

Born in Baltimore, she wants to be a pediatric surgeon. She enjoys the Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races. “I have friends that race in them and ... the spirit of the crowd and racers while everyone supports each other is amazing.”

Chazmyne Brown, Parkrose

BROWNBorn in St. George, Utah, she likes spending time with family and prides herself on perseverance in high school. “I was not only able to survive (hard times), but became an even better and stronger person.”

Taylor Debnam, Grant

DEBNAMPlans to attend Spelman College in Georgia to pursue being a lawyer or a journalist. She’s been on the Constitution Team, president of the Black Student Union, co-president of the Diversity Club and a student ambassador/mentor.

Marlo Eckert, Glencoe

ECKERTA softball player/umpire, she also was a member of Teens Against Bullying, and says, “I am most proud of the confidence and social skills I have gained in my high school career,” including speaking in front of large groups.

Theresa Galati, Central Catholic

GALATIBest memory from high school? “This year I was chosen to be rector on the junior-year retreat called Search. There, I led 80 juniors on a weekend filled with spiritual and character growth. I felt very fortunate and humbled.”

Annette Holgado, St. Mary’s Academy

HOLGADOBorn in Murrieta, Calif., she says of Portland: “I love how beautiful the river is and how unique Portland is with its many bridges. Walking along the pier, seeing the buildings in the background, playing in the water fountain ...”

Callie Krevanko, Cleveland

KREVANKOEnjoys playing piano, tumbling/gymnastics, baking pies, working in the Sellwood Community Center After-School Program, running, working at Portland Parks & Recreation youth summer camps, reading and re-reading the “Harry Potter” series.

Jasmin McKenzie, Benson

McKENZIEDaughter of longtime track/field coach Leon McKenzie, she enjoys physical fitness — and friends. “My favorite Rose Festival event is the carnival because it’s a great place to hang out with friends and ride the rides while making memories.”

Isabella Rigelman, Franklin

RIGELMENA junior, she works in the Voodoo Doughnut mobile van, which takes her downtown. “To me, it is home. It is always filled with life, and I love people. During the holidays, I look forward to going downtown with my family.”

Amelia Ryan-Bell, Jefferson

RYAN-BELLShe plans to attend Virginia State University, but cherishes her Portland roots, especially Peninsula Park. “It’s my childhood park; I grew up around that park. I even learned how to swing on the swing set at Peninsula Park.”

Kianna Serrano, Roosevelt

SERRANOA junior, she’s been vice president of the Black Student Union and cheerleading captain, and she enjoys Portland’s downtown scene. “You get to witness talents on the street, for example, people playing drums and break dancing.”

Jasnery Valenzuela, Lincoln

VALENZUELAA junior, she’s proud of her writing development. “I have always had excellent English teachers, and high school has been no exception. My dream of becoming a writer really has been fueled by what I’ve learned in my English classes.”

Emma Audrey Waibel, West Linn

WAIBELA junior, she enjoys lumberjack sports, indoor rock climbing, and Portland coffee. “Whether it’s a quiet place to study for a test, or a place to meet a friend, coffee shops are staples in Portland.”

Samantha Westmoreland, David Douglas

WESTMORELANDSays her favorite things to do are playing guitar, making music, spending time with family, doing church activities, and smiling at customers at her job in a frozen yogurt shop — and attending the Starlight Parade.

Amie Whipple, Madison

WHIPPLEA 2013 Starlight Run participant, she was voted the school’s most valuable female cross country runner four times. “I am most proud of breaking Madison’s (girls’ XC) 5,000-meter record last season — the first meet Madison ever hosted.”