The 2022 Rose Festival Court presented by Unitus Community Credit Union is now complete. All fifteen Princesses, selected from area high schools, will receive a $3,500 scholarship generously provided by The Randall Group.
For the first time since 1930, there are two new schools represented on the Rose Festival Court. Both 2022 Metro Princesses come from high schools new to the Rose Festival Court presented by Unitus Community Credit Union.
Metro East Princess Isabella Ellsworth, a junior from Adrienne C. Nelson High School, is the first court member from Oregon’s newest high school. Nelson High School, which opened its doors this fall, is located in Happy Valley, a part of the North Clackamas School District. The brand-new school is named after the first African American justice on the Oregon Supreme Court. It is also the first high school in Oregon to be named after an African American woman.
Metro West Princess Jenny Duan, a senior, is the first student from Jesuit High School to not only enter the Festival’s traditional scholarship competition, but also to win the Princess position as well. The last time a Princess was selected from a first-time school was in 2014 when Emma Waibel not only became the first student to apply and win from West Linn High School, but became Queen of Rosaria in the same year.
Isabella Ellsworth [Iz-uh-BELL-uh ELLs-worth], Adrienne C. Nelson High School, Junior
Future education plans: I plan to attend a 4-year university.
Career plans: I hope to become a pediatric nurse or a sports broadcaster.
Jenny Duan [JEN-ee Doe-ON], Jesuit High School, Senior
Future education plans: I will be attending Stanford University as a part of the Class of 2026. I am majoring in Symbolic Systems, an interdisciplinary program combining the subjects of psychology, computer science, statistics, philosophy, and linguistics.
Career plans: I hope to pursue a career in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to one day lead a think tank dedicated to solving global issues with ethical AI. Ultimately, as an AI Ethicist, I aim to create a more just society rooted in values of freedom, respect, and dignity for all.
Reba Booze [REE-bah BOOZ], Benson Polytechnic High School, Junior
Future education plans: I plan to pursue interships in the medical field. My hope is to develop new skills through practice and the guidance of those who are more knowledgeable and experienced in my field.
Career plans: As a young person devoted to the field of medicine and science, I would love to be among those who value relevant research in today's society. For my future career plans, I hold a strong fondness for pathways involving Clinical Research.
Megan Bathurst [MAY-gen BA-thirst], Franklin High School, Senior
Future education plans: My plan is to go to Portland Community College and then transfer over to Portland State University, get a bachelor’s in earth science and a master's in secondary education.
Career plans: I am planning on being a high school science teacher, if not science, then a teacher in the STEM category.
Draia Shelton [DRAY-uh SHELL-tun], Parkrose High School, Junior
Future education plans: I plan on attending a 4 year college to earn my degree in business and marketing.
Career plans: My goal is to become a Marketing Manager for big companies like Jordan and Nike.
Bailey Armstrong [BAY-lee ARM-strong], Lincoln High School, Junior
Future education plans: I plan to attend university for a BA in foreign affairs, international relations, politics or sociology. If circumstances allow, I plan to continue on to a master’s degree.
Career plans: I hope to pursue a career in politics, specifically international relations for the State Department.
Stella Jackson [STEL-la JACK-son], McDaniel High School, Junior
Future education plans: I plan to attend an Ivy League College and get either a Master's or Doctoral degree.
Career plans: I plan to become an attorney or go into the sciences.
Rachelle Hanna [ruh-SHELL HAN-nah], Central Catholic High School, Senior
Future education plans: I plan to attend a four year college, where I will major in English with a minor in writing.
Career plans: Writing, particularly creative writing, is one profession I am wishing to pursue.
Paige Kehrli [PAGE CURL-ee], St. Mary's Academy, Senior
Future education plans: In the fall I will be attending Boston College Connell School of Nursing.
Career plans: I am planning on becoming a nurse practitioner after college.
Awek De Piok [uh-WECK DEE pee-AWK], David Douglas High School, Senior
Future education plans: I plan on furthering my education at the University of Portland School of Nursing.
Career plans: I am considering becoming a maternal-fetal nurse.
Maria Mizee [Muh-REE-uh Mee-ZAY], Roosevelt High School, Senior
Future education plans: I plan to attend a four year college and graduate with a bachelor's degree in art or science.
Career plans: I do not have a set desire on what I want to study for my future career right now, but I am intrigued by interior design and also architecture.
Jayilee Sloan [Jay-LEE SLOAN], Jefferson High School, Senior
Future education plans: I plan on going to a four year university to attain a bachelor's degree.
Career plans: Going into the medical field to become a pediatric nurse.
Zinnia Sirokman [ZIN-ee-uh sur-ROCK-mun], Cleveland High School, Junior
Future education plans: My plan is to go to either university or college to get my degree in special education or childhood development. I have also thought about going to culinary school to receive a bachelors degree in culinary arts.
Career plans: My career plan is to become a special education teacher or open up a daycare facility that caters to special needs children. I have also thought a lot about opening up a bakery and being a pastry chef.
Senya Scott [SEN-yuh SCOTT], Ida B. Wells High School, Senior
Future education plans: I plan to go to a 4 year university and major in Political Science.
Career plans: I want to be a civil rights attorney.
Naima Smith [nah-YEE-muh SMITH], Grant High School, Junior
Future education plans: I plan on attending university and pursuing a 4-year degree.
Career plans: I plan to pursue a career in business, law, or both.
The Princesses will take time out for spring break before reporting to the Rose Festival Court headquarters in April to start their program. Each court member is also assigned a mentor, a female executive recruited from the ranks of Unitus Community Credit Union.
Following their April training period, the Court will begin a travel program in May that will take them from visiting senior centers to meeting with the Governor at the State Capitol. The Court outreach is generously supported by the Royal Rosarian Foundation.
During many of the meet and greet opportunities and public appearances like the official opening of CityFair, May 27, the CareOregon Starlight Parade, June 4 and the Fred Meyer Junior Parade, June 8, the Princesses will also go through a final round of judging to determine the next Rose Festival Queen of Rosaria.
The 2022 Queen will be announced in a special Coronation ceremony on the morning of June 10 at the Peninsula Park Rose Garden. The Queen and her court will make their first public appearance together Saturday morning, June 11 in the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade.
The mission of the Rose Festival Court program is to provide scholarships for higher education, to promote community outreach and volunteerism, and to offer networking and mentoring opportunities to outstanding young women in a program that perpetuates an appreciation for Rose Festival history and tradition.