With the 2014 Rose Parade Royal Court to be chosen in just a few weeks to serve as ambassadors for the Tournament of Roses and City of Pasadena, it’s time to take a look at the amazing young women who rode on the 2013 Queen’s float.
Your Tournament of Roses Examiner has been privileged to meet the girls who have been chosen over the past three years, and they are without exception bright, poised, excited about life, involved in their communities and schools, and mature. It’s not a beauty contest.
The young women who are selected to serve on the Royal Court receive a small educational scholarship, wardrobe for court appearances, which the can keep after their year is done, professional hairstyling and make-up application and instruction, transportation to and from court activities, and other benefits. As part of their duties, they participate in City of Pasadena and Tournament of Roses events and visit schools, retirement communities, and other venues.
The duties of the Royal Court extend beyond the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game throughout the year, and some of the women return to orient applicants at the various tryouts and participate in Tournament events.
Links to all the articles on the 2013 Rose Parade Royal Court
The 2013 Royal Court was one of the most diverse ethnically and scholastically, but in age and residence, the girls were similar. All were 17 when they rode down Colorado Blvd. on Jan. 1, 2013, and four of the seven live in Pasadena.
The 2013 Rose Queen is Vanessa Natalie Manjarrez, from Mayfield Senior School. Rose Princesses are Kate Alice Benuska, Maranatha High School; Tracy Italia Cresta, La Salle High School; Victoria Sophia McGregor, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Nicole Cherie Nelam, Pasadena High School; Sonia Marie Shenoi, San Marino High School; Madison Michelle Barili Teodo, La Canada High School.
The list attached to this article shows the young women riding the Macy’s “Presenting the Royal Court” float on Rose Parade day. Fiesta Parade Floats designed and built the float, which featured urns overflowing with bouquets of fresh red roses, a sculpted crown of decorated in white sweet rice with pearls of lunaria and accents of white beans, and 5,000 red Freedom roses and hot pink gerberas to complete the side gardens. White steps leading to the Queen’s throne were scattered with rose petals.
For links to articles on award-winning floats as they are posted, bookmark “2013 Rose Parade floats: Award-winners, articles, and photos”
The theme of the 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2014 is “Dreams Come True” The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter, Keep following your Tournament of Roses Examiner for the latest news and for upcoming announcements.
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2013 Rose Parade Queen & Court
The 2013 Royal Court wave to the millions of people watching the Rose Parade in person and on television. Queen Vanessa Manjarrez leads the Royal Court of Rose Princesses (clockwise from top right) Nicole Cherie Nelam, Pasadena High School; Sonia Marie Shenoi, San Marino High School; Madison Michelle Barili Teodo, La Canada High School; Victoria Sophia McGregor, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Tracy Italia Cresta, La Salle High School; Kate Alice Benuska, Maranatha High School.
Pasadena City College Herald Trumpets
The Tournament of Roses Royal Court float is introduced by the Pasadena City College Herald Trumpets and parade drummer. A long-standing Rose Parade tradition, the Herald Trumpets appear at many Royal Court events throughout the year, including the announcement of the choice of Court members and the announcement of the Queen.
‘Presenting the Royal Court’
Fiesta Parade Floats designed and built the Queen and Court float, which featured urns overflowing with bouquets of fresh red roses, a sculpted crown of decorated in white sweet rice with pearls of lunaria and accents of white beans, and 5,000 red Freedom roses and hot pink gerberas to complete the side gardens. White steps leading to the Queen’s throne were scattered with rose petals.
Queen Vanessa Natalie Manjarrez
“Life comes at you fast—so go with it,” Queen Vanessa told Examiner. Her favorite things to do in Pasadena are “hanging out with friends and enjoying the beautiful greenery.” She especially likes being in the Arroyo Seco. Queen Vanessa attended Mayfield Senior School and hoped to study business and science in college, focusing on stem cell research and. She was on the Diversity Committee and Advising Council at school and participates in the Dance Conservatory, National Charity League, Pasadena Humane Society and Villa Esperanza.
Princess Kate Benushka is in the lower right.
Princess Tracy Italia Cresta and Princess Victoria Sophia McGregor
Princess Tracy was the captain of the cross country and track and field teams at La Salle High School and has been a member of the National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Student Ambassadors and the Physical Activity Club. Her favorite thing to do in Pasadena is “running around Pasadena,” both in the La Salle are and at the Rose Bowl, a favorite place for local runners. “It’s a good way to take my mind off everything,” she said.
Princess Tracy told us she was “up for any challenge,” including being a Rose Princess. She planned on attending either San Diego State University or Loyola Marymount University to become a lawyer and later, a judge.
Princess Victoria, upon finding out she was on the Royal Court, told us, “Oh, my gosh, I am going to be so busy! I think it will be so rewarding, the people I meet, getting to know this group of girls.” She attended Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada Flintridge and enjoys going to Old Pasadena with friends.
Princess Victoria was president of the Science and Environment Club, a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation, and competed in tennis and swimming. She has been active in Girl Scouts and enjoys Greek folk dancing, art and community service.
Princess Madison Michelle Barili Teodo
As a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, Princess Madison was a banner carrier in the 2012 Rose Parade. Asked if she’s ready for the hectic schedule of the Royal Court, Princess Madison said, “Hopefully! I’m really excited to work with these girls. It will be exciting to see what the New Year brings.”
“I love my high school!” Princess Madison, who attended La Cañada High School, told us. “Football games, cheering on our boys, playing volleyball.” She served as captain of her school’s varsity volleyball team and president of the concert choir and is a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. She has volunteered at Verdugo Hills Hospital and would like to be an elementary school teacher with an emphasis on speech therapy.
Princess Sonia Marie Shenoi
A resident of San Marino, Princess Sonia enjoys riding her bicycle around the city and its beautiful Lacy Park. She told us she was ready for the whirlwind of the Royal Court. “Yes, most definitely. I am excited and looking forward to all the opportunities we will have.”
Princess Sonia recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award and is a senior Ambassador Girl Scout. She loves working with children and volunteers in the pediatrics department at Huntington Memorial Hospital, hoping to work in the pediatric field, and has been active in the Red Cross Club and ACTS Christian Club and enjoys playing the piano and saxophone.
Princess Nicole Cherie Nelam
“I’m so ready for this change,” Nicole Cherie Nelam she told us when her spot on the 2013 Tournament of Roses Royal Court was announced. “I’m glad I tried out. I just can’t wait for what the future has in store.”
Princess Nicole attended Pasadena High School and has participated in the Wiggle Waggle Walk benefiting the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA. Walking is one of her favorite things to do in Pasadena. As well as being good exercise, she said, “It gets the stress down. There’s nobody to bother you.”
She volunteers at her church and is interested in studying nursing and medicine. Princess Nicole planned on attending Pasadena City College and later transferring to University of California, Santa Barbara.
Princess Kathryne Alice Benuska
Princess Kate waved enthusiastically as she rode along the Rose Parade route. “I am so ready!” she told us when it was announced she would be on the Royal Court. “It’s going to be intense, I’m sure, with all the school I’m missing. It takes a good work ethic.”
The Maranatha High School student played on the varsity volleyball team and coached younger girls and has been to Guatemala on a mission trip. Princess Kate’s favorite thing to do in her home town of Altadena is hiking in the mountains above Altadena. “Eaton Canyon is the best,” she said. I’ve been going there since I was small with my dad and my dog.”
With plans to major in business and minor in international relations in college, she hopes to work in a field that will benefit those in need.