Meet the Royal Court of Rose Parade 2023 – Pasadena Now
There is a new Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
The Tournament announced the seven members of the Rose Parade Royal Court 2023 during a ceremony at Tournament House on Monday morning.
The 28 finalists were joined by friends, family and Tournament of Roses members. The centuries-old tradition brought together nearly 200 people to celebrate this iconic event, along with the Pasadena City College Lancer Band.
Appointed to the 2023 Royal Court were:
- Salia Baligh, Alverno Heights Academy
- Sahanna Rajinikanthan, Arcadia High School
- Bella Ballard, The Ogburn Online School
- Zoë Denoncourt, John Marshall Fundamental High School
- Michelle Cortez-Peralta, Pasadena High School
- Uma Wittenberg, La Canada High School
- Adrian Crick, Sequoyah High School
Salia Baligh is a senior at Alverno Heights Academy and lives in Pasadena. She is currently captain of the school basketball team, secretary and treasurer of the senior class, president of the ASL club, ambassador of Alverno, vice president of the Fashion Club, member of the Social Justice Club, member of the Science Club , member of Bake a Change Charity and a track and field athlete. Salia loves photography, volunteering, sports and painting. Growing up with hearing loss and formerly living at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Salia plans to study medicine with a focus on sports or ear, nose and throat and wants to attend UCLA, USC , Stanford, UC Berkley, Cal Lutheran or a State of California. University. Salia is the daughter of Samer Baligh and Dalia Abougharbia and has one brother, Samer, and two sisters, Sahara and Sabrina.
Sahanna Rajinikanthan is a senior at Arcadia High School and lives in Arcadia. She is currently president of the Chemistry Club, lead programmer and builder of the Vex Robotics team, information office manager at USC Hospital, volunteer at Women’s Shelter Los Angeles, library volunteer, tutor at Pasadena Boys and Girls Club, assistant singing teacher. to the non-profit organization Araneri and involved in swimming. Sahanna enjoys reading, dancing, singing and playing the piano. She plans to study electrical engineering and wants to attend Cal Tech, University of California, or California State University. Sahanna is the daughter of Rajinikanthan Seshadri and Geetha Rajinikanthan and has a younger brother, Rishab Raaj.
Bella Ballard is a senior at Ogburn School, a distance learning school, and lives in Altadena. She currently volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House Charities, volunteer soccer coach with Chelsea Football Club, soccer player with Santa Clara Blue Heat Football Club, West Coast Football Club, Venice Beach Football Club, plays street soccer and plays tennis at Arroyo Seco and Flint Canyon Tennis Clubs. Bella enjoys reading, calligraphy, collecting vinyl, playing chess, and learning about astronomy and astrophysics. She will be attending Yale in the fall and is interested in studying economics, law, and astrophysics. Bella is the daughter of Joseph and Angela Ballard and has one sister, Samantha.
Zoe Denoncourt is a senior at Marshall Fundamental and lives in Pasadena. She is currently president of the French Club, vice-president of the Yoga Club, secretary of the Orienteering Club, treasurer of its softball team, and plays powder and softball. Zoë enjoys running, drawing, playing sports and volunteering. She plans to study business, law or international studies and is deciding which college or university to attend. Zoë is the daughter of Daniel and Gwenn-Aël Denoncourt and has a sister, Uma.
Michelle Cortez-Peralta is a senior at Pasadena High School and lives in Pasadena. She is currently president and founder of the Girls Learning Internal (GLI) Club, student council representative, member of the California Scholarship Federation, TRIO Upward Bound at Cal State Los Angeles, co-captain of the women’s varsity tennis team, and a member of her high school’s baking club, tutoring club, and Creative Arts Media and Design Academy. Michelle enjoys hand embroidery, reading, graphic design, volunteering, advocating for women’s rights, and spending time with family and friends. She plans to study civil or environmental engineering and wants to attend USC, UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal State San Luis Obispo or Stanford. Michelle is the daughter of Antonio Cortez and Bertha Peralta and has one brother, Daniel.
Uma Wittenberg is a senior at La Cañada High School and lives in La Cañada. She is currently Princess of Miss La Cañada Flintridge Royal Court 2022, Member of the Les Fleurettes Debutante Program, Treasurer of the Senior Class, Member of the Teens Advancement for Children’s Hospital (TACH) Club, Member of the Drama Program, Member of the California Scholarship Federation and Nation Honors Society and takes weekly tennis lessons at La Cañada Country Club. Uma enjoys playing tennis, photography and cooking. She plans to study business, marketing, economics or finance and wants to attend New York University, Columbia University, Barnard College, Boston University, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara or UCLA. Uma is the daughter of Mark and Vanesa Wittenberg and has one sister, Mila.
Adrian Crick is a senior at Sequoyah School and lives in Altadena. She is currently president of Sequoyah High School STEM Institute, teen volunteer at the Altadena Library, teen member of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., conductor, drummer and pianist of the Sequoyah High School Gryphon Ensemble, admissions ambassador Lean students and class representative and member of her school’s governing committee. Adrian enjoys gardening, cooking, baking, learning new instruments, nature and urban photography, hiking, sewing and training his dog. She plans to study financial management, film and television production and direction, artist management, or real estate investing and wants to attend Yale, MIT, Northwestern University, Howard University, Spelman College, Stanford University, Cornell University, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Wesleyan, Brown University, Colgate or UCLA. Adrian is the daughter of Ian and Windy Crick and has a sister, Ava.
Contestants from 33 area schools were judged on a combination of qualities, including public speaking ability, youth leadership, academic achievement, and community and school involvement, the Tournament of Roses association said. in a press release.
Members of the 2023 Royal Court will each receive a $7,500 scholarship and serve as ambassadors for the Tournament of Roses, in the Pasadena community and the greater Los Angeles area.
The 134th Rose Parade in 2023 will take place on Monday, January 2, in keeping with the Parade’s centuries-old tradition of never taking place on a Sunday.
The 2023 Royal Court will run down Colorado Blvd. on the Royal Court Float and watch the 109th Rose Bowl Game.
“The Rose Queen and Royal Court are iconic traditions, steeped in the history of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and we are thrilled to continue the treasured legacy with the Royal Court 2023,” the Tournament of Roses said in an earlier statement. .
The 2023 Rose Queen will be announced and crowned on October 25 at the Tournament House.