A trio of princesses for La Cañada

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Three members of the 2010 Rose Court are from La Canada and include Katherine Margarita Hernandez, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Michelle Louise Van Wyk, La Canada High School; and Natalie Anne Innocenzi, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. (Roger Wilson/Valley Sun)

Three members of the 2010 Rose Court are from La Canada and include Katherine Margarita Hernandez, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Michelle Louise Van Wyk, La Canada High School; and Natalie Anne Innocenzi, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. (Roger Wilson/Valley Sun)

On Monday morning, the 2010 royal court was announced, and this year three La Cañada girls have a spot on the 2010 Rose Court. They are, from La Cañada High School: Michelle Louise Van Wyk; and from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy: Natalie Anne Innocenzi of Arcadia and Katherine Margarita Hernández of Pasadena.

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

The other girls on the court are: June Ko, 17, a student at Arcadia High School; Lauren Samantha Rogers, 17, a student at Blair High School; Kinsey Elizabeth Stuart, 18, a student at Pasadena City College; and Ashley Renee Thaxton, 17, a student at John Marshall Fundamental High School.

“Awesome. Awesome!” said Flintridge Sacred Heart President Sister Carolyn McCormack, after the names were announced. “They’re beautiful girls. They’re all winners. It’s always such a wonderful experience for the girls to be in this moment. When one is selected to be selected to be on the rose court it has an impact on her life.”

Van Wyk’s father, David, was all but holding back tears and trembling Monday as his daughter Michelle received congratulatory hugs and kisses from family and La Cañada High School classmates.

“It’s remarkable for me,” said David. “I’ve told people before, I grew up as a kid on the East Coast, watching the parade when I was a child. One of the highlights, of course, was when the rose court always was in the parade, never thinking that so many years later that my daughter would be on the court. It’s amazing.”

“We’re going to get really close,” said Hernandez as she held a bouquet of red roses. “We’re going to spend a lot of time with each other and get to know each other really well.”

The tradition of naming a queen and royal court dates back to 1905, with the selection of the first rose queen, Hallie Woods. Over 1,100 high school and college students from the greater Pasadena area tried out for the royal court, said Tournament of Roses Executive Vice President Jeffrey Throop.

“They should all be princesses,” said FSHA student Brittany Ek, 18. “They’re all really different, diverse girls, and the rose court needs diversity.”

“Adding to their commitments to school, family, friends and jobs, they will begin their role as official ambassadors,” said Throop. “For the next two months they will make nearly 150 appearances representing the Tournament of Roses.”

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Written by Michael J. Arvizu

October 12, 2009 at 4:32 pm

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