The Rose Festival Court is comprised of 14 outstanding women who are selected from 14 Portland-area high schools by their respective student bodies. Each court member represents her school throughout the months of May and June at many community events, including meetings with business leaders, visits to hospitals and senior living centers, and meetings with a variety of civic groups.
So here in this picture you will find The Hon Philip Kaiser VT, Lord of Oregon, Commander Mike McCabe, Commander of the 3rd Fleet, San Diego, and someone else!
How fortunate Phil and I were to be at the Portland International Rose Test Gardens to witness Franklin High School's Ambassador, Priscilla Isaacs being crowned the 2003 Portland Rose Festival Queen on Thursday, May 29th at the Fred Meyer (of the Supermarket fame!) Queen's Coronation.
The Queen represents Portland and the Rose Festival in appearances throughout the country and abroad for one year. When choosing the Queen, judges consider each Court Member's leadership and scholastic achievement, school activities, civic involvement, volunteer projects, communication skills and overall impressions.
The Rose Festival began in 1907, but from 1908 to 1913 the Rose Festival didn't name a Queen, opting instead for 'Rex Oregonus', a masked king, chosen each year from the business community. In 1918 the end of World War 1 kept the city from holding a Rose Festival at all. And in 1926 there was no queen chosen because there was no Rose Festival that year. Queens were chosen from area high schools from 1931 as a way to revive the debt-ridden festival, and they have been chosen from high schools ever since.