TOURNAMENT OF ROSES® 2020 ROYAL COURT ANNOUNCED

From left to right: Rukan Saif, Mia Thorsen, Emilie Risha, Reese Rosental Saporito, Michael Wilkins, Camille Kennedy, and Cole Fox.

PASADENA, Calif. (September 30, 2019) – Today the Tournament of Roses announced the seven members of the 2020 Royal Court. Members of the 2020 Royal Court will serve as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses®, the Pasadena community, and the greater Los Angeles area and will each receive a $7,500 educational scholarship.

Applicants from 45 Pasadena area schools participated in the interview process and volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses’ Queen and Court Committee selected the Royal Court based on a number of criteria including public speaking ability, academic achievement, youth leadership, and community and school involvement.

The grand finale for the 2020 Royal Court will be riding on a float in the 131st Rose Parade® presented by Honda and attending the 106th Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual, both on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

The seven members of the 2020 Royal Court are (in alphabetical order):

Cole Fox is a senior at South Pasadena High School and lives in South Pasadena. She is currently Associated Student Body senior class vice president, Copa De Oro (Yearbook) Head of Design, Student Site Council Secretary, a Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient, POSSE Foundation Scholarship Semi-Finalist and is active in musical theater. Cole enjoys vegan cooking, Sudoku puzzles, creative writing, painting, hair styling and dancing. She plans to study biology and attend medical school. Ultimately, she aspires to become a dermatologist and is interested in attending Northwestern, New York University or University of California, Los Angeles. Cole is the daughter of Robert and Rachel Fox; she has two siblings, Harper and Sawyer.

Camille Kennedy is a senior at La Salle College Preparatory and lives in Pasadena. She is a member of her school’s drama/musical theater troupe and has performed in three productions, including a lead role in the spring 2019 musical, “City of Angels.” Camille sand for three years with FAVA community choir and now sings with the LSCP choral group. She is a proud member of the Support Our Troops Club. Camille enjoys music, performing with her friends, cooking, and hitting the gym with her dad. Camille speaks Japanese, which she studied at PCC before spending her sophomore year on foreign exchange in Japan. She is interested in pursuing a liberal arts degree in Japanese linguistics, social sciences, or culture and media studies. Camille plans to attend college in Japan, with Waseda University in Tokyo and Asia Pacific University in Kyushu as her top choices. Camille is the daughter of Tim and Jennifer Kennedy; she has two younger sisters, Ava and Esmé.

Emilie Risha is a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and lives in La Cañada. Emilie is involved in her La Cañada Flintridge Community as a Girl Scout, summer camp counselor, and player in Saint Francis High School Theatre. She is active at her school, serving as a school admissions Ambassador, Treasurer of the Young Writers’ Society, a board member for the Cooking and Gardening Club and Library Advisory Board, and a player for ComedySportz. Emilie enjoys interacting with children, listening to Joni Mitchell, and expressing herself through writing and dance. Emilie is interested in attending University of California, Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University, University of California, Davis, or Chapman University to study Linguistic Anthropology. Emilie is the daughter of Elizabeth and Janah Risha; she has three sisters, Lauren, Allison and Isabelle.

Rukan Saif is a senior at Arcadia High School and lives in Temple City. She is currently an online teacher with the JAAGO Foundation, president of the My Friend and I Club, National Honor Society vice president, a captain of the Speech and Debate Team, Senior Men and Women secretary, a member of the Constitution Team, and her school representative at the Girls’ State Conference. Rukan enjoys spending time with loved ones, playing the marimba, writing poetry, and hiking. She plans to study American studies and history in hopes of later working towards a graduate degree. Rukan is interested in attending Georgetown University or the University of California, Los Angeles. Rukan is the daughter of Saif Haroon and Rumana Rashid.

Reese Rosental Saporito is a senior at Marshall Fundamental School and lives in Altadena. She is currently a member of the varsity soccer team, International Thespian Society, National Honor Society, Unidos, Mock Trial, the Drama Council clerk, a Posse Scholar and AYSO Soccer captain. Reese enjoys musical theater, soccer, and participating in Moorpark Teaching Zoo Junior Safari program. She plans to become a lawyer with a science background, while staying involved in community theater. Reese is interested in attending Northwestern University or Georgetown University. Reese is the daughter of Chris and Dori Rosental Saporito; she has one sister, Maya.

Mia Thorsen is a senior at Marshall Fundamental School and lives in Altadena. She is currently president of the Girls Soccer Club, vice president of the Storytellers Club, manager of varsity Girls Soccer, a member of the Asian Club, Black Student Union, National Honors Society, Unidos, PolySummer, Prom Committee and the UCLA Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP). Mia enjoys oil painting, creative writing, sketching, sociology, politics, psychology, reading, soccer, tennis, and human geography. She plans to study international law to become a United Nations ambassador. Mia is interested in attending Brown, Barnard, Tufts, UCSB. Mia is the daughter of Remus and Dina Thorsen; she has one brother, Thor.

Michael Wilkins is senior at Maranatha High School and lives in Pasadena. She is currently captain of varsity tennis, President of the Helping Hands Club, and a member of the Ambassador Club, and Advanced Speech and Debate. Michael enjoys tennis, public speaking, golf, swimming, babysitting, spending time with family, traveling, and getting her nails done with her mom. She plans to study medicine with the goal to become pediatrician. Michael is interested in attending the University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, Howard University, University of California, San Diego, University of Oregon, or Loyola Marymount University. Michael is the daughter of Overton Wilkins and Jane Reese-Wilkins.

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The Announcement and Coronation of the 102nd Rose Queen® and Presentation of the 2020 Royal Court is on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the Pasadena Playhouse; the event is sponsored by Citizens Business Bank. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase from Sharp Seating Company.