Rose Festival Court Mentor Program

Unitus is proud to take part in one of Portland’s most beloved traditions as the presenting sponsor of the Rose Festival Court. One of the unique opportunities associated with our sponsorship is a mentor program where we pair strong business women in the Portland area with each Princess.

Representing Portland Metro-area high schools, this year’s Rose Festival Court is comprised of 15 outstanding young women elected by members of the community and their school peers who exemplify an impressive range of involvement from school leadership positions, academic achievement, community service and more.

Mentors volunteer their time meeting with the Princesses during their time on Court, sharing life experiences, career advice, guidance, and leadership. This relationship often lasts far beyond the bounds of the three month mentorship program, developing into lifetime advisors and friendships.

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Highlights of the Mentor Program include:

Community service activity at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Job shadow opportunity in the Princesses field of interest.

Financial Workshop with topics on money management and financial responsibility to help prep the Princesses for life beyond college.

Meet the 2019 Rose Festival Court

Beginning in 1930 the Rose Festival began choosing its court from local high schools in the Portland area, a practice that continues today. These 15 outstanding young women exemplify academic achievement, community service, and leadership. Say hello to the 2019 Rose Festival Court Princesses.

Visit the official Rose Festival Court Princesses page for bios and speeches for each Princess.

 

  • Princess Sophia Zhang

    Lincoln HS

  • Princess Daria Stalions

    Jefferson HS

  • Princess Stella Monteverde-Cakebread

    Grant HS

  • Princess Mya Brazile

    St. Mary’s Academy

  • Princess Aleena Thammavong

    David Douglas HS

  • Princess Makenzie Espinoza

    Roosevelt HS

  • Princess Gabby Ferroggiaro

    Madison HS

  • Princess Christina Liu

    Franklin HS

  • Princess Chloe Unflat

    Wilson HS

  • Princess Lindsey Hausafus

    Cleveland HS

  • Princess Melissa Davila

    Benson HS

  • Princess Tori Lopez

    Metro West – Tigard HS

  • Princess Olivia Keepes

    Metro East – La Salle Catholic College Prep

  • Princess Amy Bonilla

    Parkrose HS

  • Princess Ellie Hylland

    Central Catholic HS

Meet the 2019 Rose Festival Court Mentors

Mentors will congratulate the Princesses at their school announcements, provide one-on-one mentoring, and volunteer their time sharing life experiences, career advice, guidance, and leadership. Together they will participate in volunteer activities in the community.

  • Victoria Schwoeffermann

    Director of Development
    Self Enhancement, Inc.
    Princess: Jefferson High School

  • Kat Popovich

    Assistant Manager, Project Management
    Unitus Community Credit Union
    Princess: Roosevelt High School

  • Gayle Evans

    SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer
    Unitus Community Credit Union
    Princess: Lincoln High School

  • Lori Williams

    Financial Literacy Specialist
    Unitus Community Credit Union
    Princess: David Douglas High School

  • Lori Fink

    Marketing Manager
    Unitus Community Credit Union
    Princess: Central Catholic High School

  • Rose Halford

    Training & Strategic Implementation Manager
    Unitus Community Credit Union
    Princess: St. Mary’s Academy

  • Rashinda Hearlson

    Intermediate Accountant
    Unitus Community Credit Union
    Princess: Franklin High School

  • Michelle Lachenmeier

    Consumer Lending Manager
    Unitus Community Credit Union
    Princess: Wilson High School

  • Jessica Brown

    Human Resources Manager
    Unitus Community Credit Union
    Princess: Cleveland High School

  • Shannon Knight

    Compliance Officer
    Unitus Community Credit Union
    Princess: Benson High School

  • Char Sears

    AVP, Remote Experience Manager
    Unitus Community Credit Union
    Princess: La Salle Catholic College Prep – Metro East

  • Megan Snyder

    Loan Operations Manager
    Unitus Community Credit Union
    Princess: Madison High School

  • Karen Salman

    AVP, Operations Support
    Unitus Community Credit Union
    Princess: Parkrose High School

  • Corlinda Wooden

    VP/Chief Retail Officer
    Unitus Community Credit Union
    Princess: Tigard High School – Metro West

  • Robin Espeland

    Mortgage Processor Coordinator
    Unitus Community Credit Union
    Princess: Grant High School

The Crown of Rosaria

The crown jewel of all flowers is the rose. In Portland, the reigning monarch represents that rose and the mystical realm created in its honor, Rosaria, and she wears a beautiful crown designed to symbolize both.

The Crown’s Beginnings

Since 1922, the Queen of Rosaria has worn this distinctive crown made of 14-carat gold filigree, featuring a blue zircon at its tip, six hundred white sapphires and seven rare pigeon-blood rubies. The crown was commissioned by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Portland at a cost of $1,200, which in today’s dollars is close to $15,000. The club financed the crown by selling paper rosebuds at twenty-five cents apiece.

 

 

Rose festival crown

Notable Women to Wear the Crown

Over the years, the Crown of Rosaria has graced the heads of more than eighty young women, among them businesswomen, students and even a place-kicker for her school’s football team. In 1924, Edith Daily, a 29-year-old Women’s Club member, was selected by the Rose Festival board to serve as queen, in part to thank the club for its donation of the crown. Edith was the manager of a downtown office building, and her identity was kept secret and only hinted at in photographs where her face was obscured by a veil or behind a hedge, until Coronation day at Laurelhurst Park when she was revealed to the cheers of 35,000 spectators.

In 1931, Rachel Atkinson Hancock officially opened the new St. John’s Bridge by leading a special parade of Rose Festival floats across the beautiful, green structure. Fifty years later Rachel was quoted as saying, “My scrapbook is yellow with age, the ribbon faded, the pressed roses long gone, but each Rose Festival I recall those exciting days when, so many years ago, I shared the special affection and pride the people of Portland extend to each new court.”

Court Selection from Local High Schools

The Rose Festival began choosing its court from local high schools in 1930, a practice still in place today. Regardless of their backgrounds, these women have represented the cream of Portland’s rose crop, and they have reigned over a festival renowned around the world for its spectacular events and its enthusiastic reflection of civic pride.

Provided by: Marilyn Clint, COO Portland Rose Festival

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