by: SUBMITTED PHOTO / PORTLAND ROSE FEsTIVAL LOHS junior Mehek Sethi is the first Lake Oswegan to be named to the Rose Festival court. She represents the Metro East metro area.

Lake Oswego High School junior Mehek Sethi, 17, was crowned a Rose Festival princess, representing the Metro East area.

'I am the first princess ever from Lake Oswego!' she wrote in an email. 'I am very excited and honored to be a rose princess and can't wait for this wonderful experience to begin!'

Sethi has a long list of merits qualifying her for the honor, including being a member of the varsity tennis team, Model United Nations, Junior Statesmen of America, Key Club, Spanish Club, CHAP Club, Laker Crew, National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She has earned the bronze, silver and gold awards for Girl Scouting, received the principal's award and was selected as student of the year.

She finds time to participate in the peer mentoring program with special education students and volunteers with community events. In her spare time she enjoys baby-sitting, pet-sitting, baking, shopping and spending time with friends and family.

The person she most admires is her mother, Deepika Sethi.

'She has always taught me that if I am going to do something I should do it to the best of my abilities,' Sethi said. 'Her creativity and drive for perfection in everything she does is inspiring. I admire how she puts so much concern into all the little things in life. She is someone who I can talk to about anything and always rely on her helpful advice. I am sure that I have the best mom in the world and I wouldn't be who I am today without her.'

When asked what she had discovered about herself during high school, she answered, 'I have learned that nothing is impossible, and once I set my mind on something, nothing can stop me from getting there.'

She listed the Grand Floral Parade as her favorite Rose Festival event.

'Watching the parade has always been a tradition in my family. All the different groups and schools that participate inspire me to be a part of the Rose Festival. I love to admire the breathtaking floats up close afterwards; the amount of time and effort that goes into making such extravagant floats is outstanding.'

Each selected princess will be awarded a $3,500 scholarship courtesy of The Randall Group, which has donated to the Rose Festival court scholarship program since 1997. The Rose Festival court is presented by Pacific Power, which provides a mentoring program of female executives matched with the court members, as well as sponsoring the queen's coronation.

The 2012 Portland Rose Festival Queen will be crowned June 9 at 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Coliseum. For tickets, visit or call 503-227-2681.

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