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 14 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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Rose Festival Court group photo holding blankets made for patients of Doernbecher Children's Hospital   Rose Festival Court group shot in front of Unitus Plaza

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 2018 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 14 outstanding young women exemplify academic achievement, community service, and leadership. Say hello to the 2018 Rose Festival Court Princesses.

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

  • Rose Festival Princess, Lux Preciado-Solis
    Princess Lux Preciado-Solis

    Lincoln HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, Kash'Imani Thomas
    Princess Kash'Imani Thomas

    Jefferson HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, Melissa Torres-Duran
    Princess Melissa Torres-Duran

    Grant HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, Jennifer White
    Princess Jennifer White

    St. Mary’s Academy

  • Rose Festival Princess, Alanesia Vang
    Princess Alanesia Vang

    David Douglas HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, Madison Nieuwendorp
    Princess Madison Nieuwendorp

    Roosevelt HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, Stephanie Vo-Nguyen
    Princess Stephanie Vo-Nguyen

    Madison HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, Amaya Gustave
    Princess Amaya Gustave

    Franklin HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, Anna Kien
    Princess Anna Kien

    Wilson HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, Sydney Toops
    Princess Sydney Toops

    Cleveland HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, Mariamou Abdoulaye
    Princess Mariamou Abdoulaye

    Benson HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, Maya Bedge
    Princess Maya Bedge

    Metro West – Westview HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, Caitlin McCabe
    Princess Caitlin McCabe

    Metro East – West Linn HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, Kiara Johnson
    Princess Kiara Johnson

    Parkrose HS

Meet the 2018 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.

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, K. Joslin
    Kathryn Joslin

    Senior Accountant
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Lincoln HS

  • Victoria Schwoeffermann

    Associate Director of Development
    Self Enhancement, Inc.

    Jefferson HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, J. Sherman
    Jenny Sherman

    Human Resources Manager
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Grant HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, L. Kresl
    Laurie Kresl

    VP/Chief Marketing Officer, Marketing & Brand Development
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    St. Mary’s Academy 

  • Lori Williams

    Business Development Officer
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    David Douglas HS

  • Jan Darden

    Senior Computer Operator
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Roosevelt HS

  • Rose Halford

    Strategic Implementation Manager
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Madison HS

  • Rashinda Hearlson

    Intermediate Accountant
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Franklin HS

  • Michelle Lachenmeier

    Consumer Lending Manager
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Wilson HS

  • Betsy Thomas

    Assistant Branch Manager, Beaverton Branch
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Celeveland HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, S. Berglund
    Shannon Berglund

    Compliance Officer
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Benson HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, C. Sears
    Char Sears

    Contact Center Manager
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Metro East – West Linn HS

  • Megan Snyder

    Loan Operations Manager
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Metro West – Westview HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, K. Salman
    Karen Salman

    AVP, Operations Support
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Parkrose HS

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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