Royal Courtney: Arcadia HS Student Crowned Rose Queen

PASADENA, Calif. -- A 17-year-old Arcadia High School student was crowned the 2009 Tournament of Roses queen.

Courtney Chou Lee, of Pasadena, was introduced Tuesday. She began her reign over activities leading up to the annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game.

The queen was selected from the seven Tournament of Roses princesses picked last week from a pool of more than 1,100 young Pasadena-area women who tried out for a spot on the Royal Court.

Lee is the captain of the Arcadia High varsity volleyball team and president of the Arcadia High Senior Men and Women service group. She serves as a vice chair of the Arcadia Assiteens Auxiliary and is a committee member of the Methodist Hospital Foundation. Lee also founded the youth philanthropy group Teens Promoting Stroke Awareness. She hopes to study business at USC.

The six members of the court are: 

  • Mary Elizabeth Gaule, a 17-year-old Altadena resident and senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
  • Jasmine Janae Jenkins, a 17-year-old La Salle High School senior who lives in Pasadena
  • Bridget Kathleen McDonald, an 18-year-old freshman at Pasadena City College who plans to transfer to USC in the fall of 2009; she is a Pasadena resident
  • Mary "Molly" Patricia Novell, 18, of Sierra Madre, who is a senior at La Salle High School
  • Lauren Nicole Valenzuela, a 17-year-old Temple City resident who is a senior at Arcadia High School
  • Quinn Olivia Young, a 16-year-old La Canada High School senior  

    The princesses were selected based on a range of qualities, including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement, community involvement and personality, according to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

    As ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the queen and members of the Royal Court will attend more than 150 community and media functions leading up to the 120th Rose Parade and 95th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1

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