Eight local girls among 26 rose court finalists

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Some of the 26 Rose Court finalists, from left, include La Cañada High School's Michelle Burrows, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's Natalie Innocenzi, La Cañada High School's Michelle Van Wyk, La Cañada High School's Mary Young, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's Katherine Hernandez, Flintridge Prep's Mackenzie Campbell and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's Dominique Gold, during the 2010 Tournament of Roses Royal Court Finalists announcement at the Tournament House in Pasadena. Not pictured is Katherine Hernandez. (Raul Roa/Valley Sun)

It’s Tournament of Roses Parade season once again, and this year we have eight local girls vying for a spot on the 2010 rose court.

They are, from La Cañada High School: Michelle Burrows, Michelle Van Wyk and Mary Young; from Flintridge Prep: Frances McCloskey and Mackenzie Campbell; from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy: Natalie Innocenzi, Katherine Hernandez and Dominique Oro.

The girls will act as official representatives of the 121st Rose Parade and 96th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2010.

As we’ve done for countless years at the Valley Sun, we pulled the local girls out Thursday afternoon after they were introduced to the media for the first time and asked them how they feel about being on the group of 26.

“I’m crossing my fingers,” said finalist Dominque Oro, a student at Flintridge Sacred Heart with a laugh about making it onto the final court of seven. “There are so many pretty girls. Everybody is perfect for this.”

On Monday, Oct. 12, the final court of seven will be announced. But the adrenaline rush doesn’t end there: One of those seven will be chosen as the 2010 rose queen on Oct. 20. Both the court announcement and rose queen announcement will be televised live. I know know that KTLA Channel 5, and KTTV Channel 11 will carry the event live for their respective morning shows. Other stations in L.A. will run tape of both in their newscasts throughout the day.

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Written by Michael J. Arvizu

October 9, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Posted in la cañada

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