Last Updated on October 29, 2008 by Paulette Brown-Hinds



The seven members of the 2009 Tournament of Roses Royal Court were announced at Tournament House from a group of 34 finalists. As ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Royal Court members will attend more than 150 community and media functions leading up to the 120th Rose Parade and 95th Rose Bowl Game on Thursday, January 1, 2009.

The seven Rose Princesses are: Mary Gaule (#41), 17, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Jasmine Jenkins (#799), 17, La Salle High School; Courtney Lee (#929), 17, Arcadia High School; Bridget McDonald (#714), 18, Pasadena City College; Molly Novell (#224), 18, La Salle High School; Lauren Valenzuela (#385), 17, Arcadia High School; Quinn Young (#337), 16, La Canada High School with Courtney Lee being named Queen.

The announcement follows a three-week-long process in which more than 1,100 Pasadena-area young women participated. Selections were based on a range of qualities including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement, community involvement and personality.

“Selecting the Royal Court from our 34 finalists was a very difficult task as they are all extremely talented and personable young women. We are very pleased with our final choice and officially welcome the Royal Court members who will be representing the Pasadena Tournament of Roses this year. They are truly remarkable and will be wonderful ambassadors for our Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game,” said Thomas Willis, Chair of the Queen and Court Committee.

The 2009 Tournament of Roses Royal Court from left to right: Mary Gaule, Courtney Lee, Molly Novell, Jasmine Jenkins, Quinn Young, Bridget McDonald, and Lauren Valenzuela.

The 120th Rose Parade themed “Hats Off to Entertainment” will take place Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands showcasing the best in entertainment. Following the Rose Parade, at 2 p.m.(PST), the 95th Rose Bowl Game will feature an exciting match-up between two championship teams, once again showcasing the best of collegiate football.

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