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, the 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 2017 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 2017 Rose Festival Court Princesses.

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

  • Rose Festival Princess, A. Smiley
    Princess Anna Smiley

    Lincoln HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, E. Kariuki
    Princess Ermina Kariuki

    Jefferson HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, M. Beutler
    Princess Maggie Beutler

    Wilson HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, K. Vonderahe
    Princess Korah Vonderahe

    Roosevelt HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, T. Nguyen
    Princess Tiffany Nguyen

    David Douglas HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, M. Cervantes
    Princess Mayranni Cervantes

    Parkrose HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, M. Kavapalu
    Princess Mele Kavapalu

    Madison HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, K. Nguyen
    Princess Keely Nguyen

    Franklin HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, S. Means
    Princess Sade Means

    Grant HS

  • Princess Mahi Wondayehu

    Central Catholic HS

  • Princess Biftu Amin

    Cleveland HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, L. Sagoo
    Princess Lucy Sagoo

    St. Mary’s Academy

  • Rose Festival Princess, M. Canete
    Princess Michaela Canete

    Metro West – Century HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, M. Montgomery
    Princess Madisyn Montgomery

    Metro East – Oregon City HS

  • Rose Festival Princess, K. Hayes-Motley
    Princess Krishay Hayes-Motley

    Benson HS

Meet the 2017 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

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, S. Berglund
    Shannon Berglund

    Compliance Officer
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Jefferson HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, M. Lach
    Michelle Lachenmeier

    Branch Manager, Mall 205
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Wilson HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, K. Cooney
    Kat Cooney

    Corporate Project Manager
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Roosevelt HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, L. Williams
    Lori Williams

    Business Development Officer
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    David Douglas HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, K. Salman
    Karen Salman

    Operations Support Manager
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Parkrose HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, C. Sears
    Char Sears

    Branch Manager, Plaza
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Madison HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, S. Hess
    Sandi Hess

    Loss Prevention Officer
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Franklin HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, D. Guerra
    Debbie Guerra

    Dir, T&D Operations Support
    & Emergency Mgmt.
    Pacific Power

    Grant HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, Gayle Evans
    Gayle Evans

    Chief Human Resources Officer
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Central Catholic HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, J. Sherman
    Jenny Sherman

    Human Resources Manager
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Cleveland HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, L. Kresl
    Laurie Kresl

    VP, Marketing & Brand Development
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    St. Mary’s Academy 

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, H. Lane
    Heather Lane

    Member Services Senior Analyst
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Metro West – Century HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, L. Fink
    Lori Fink

    Marketing Manager
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Metro East – Oregon City HS

  • Rose Festival Court Mentor, R. Espeland
    Robin Espeland

    Mortgage Processor Coordinator
    Unitus Community
    Credit Union

    Benson 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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