Tournament of Roses Queen Crowned

High school student Madison Elaine Triplett honored at the annual Pasadena event

Madison Elaine Triplett was crowned the 2015 Rose Queen on Tuesday night.

Seven teens competed for the honor at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Plaza. In the end, it was the 17-year-old John Marshall Fundamental High School student who was crowned.

The 17-year-old Triplett lives in Altadena. She is active with the Pasadena City Youth Council, Black Student Union, with her school's student government and is an opposite hitter on the girls' volleyball team.

Triplett said she plans to attend Tulane University to study economics with a minor in French and aspires to develop a nonprofit organization that educates minorities on financial literacy.

Triplett was chosen from among the seven members of the Royal Court who were named earlier this month. The members of the court were selected from a pool of more than 700 Pasadena-area girls and young women who participated in the Royal Court tryouts.

The 97th Rose Queen and her Royal Court will attend a series of up to 100 community events leading up to the 126th Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game on New Year's Day.

The Royal Court members are: Mackenzie Joy Byers, 18, of Pasadena City College; Gabrielle Ann Current, 18, of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Veronica Sara Mejia, 19, of Pasadena City College; Bergen Louise Onufer, 17, of Mayfield Senior School; Simona K. Shao, 17, of Westridge School; and Emily Alicia Olivas Stoker, 17, of Temple City High School.

Mark Leavens, chair of the Tournament of Roses Queen and Court Committee, said: "We are confident that the seven young women selected for the 2015 Royal Court will be outstanding ambassadors."

City News Service contributed to this report.

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