Nadia Chung was crowned as the 103rd Rose Queen at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Oct. 26 in Pasadena, California.
Chung is a senior at La Cañada high school and is currently working as a journalist at the Los Angeles Times in the High School Insider division.
In school, Chung has actively participated in various extracurriculars.
She is an organizer for free debate workshops, president of the Mock Trial Team and speech and debate team.
She is also a member of the MD Junior Chapter, a club that encourages the growth of young, aspiring doctors through selfless service.
During the ceremony, Chung expressed her gratitude to her teachers and classmates for supporting and guiding her through the entire selection process.
She said her teachers would come in early in the morning and stay after school to help her catch up on the learning progress.
“We feel so grateful because not only has the administration been very supportive, but our teachers have been so kind and so have our peers,” said Chung. “We feel really grateful to go to a school that supports us so much, and that is encouraged just through the whole process.”
During her free time, Chung enjoys performing classical ballet, reading, writing, and spending time with her family and friends.
She plans to study political science, government, and journalism in college and is interested in attending Georgetown, University of California–Berkeley, or Brown University.
Chung was selected to be on the Royal Rose Court earlier this month along with six other members.
The seven selected members will not only serve as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses but their community and the entire Los Angeles area. Additionally, each student will receive a $7,500 educational scholarship.
2022 Rose Royal Court
Jeannine Briggs; John Marshall Fundamental High School
Abigail Griffith; Pasadena High School
Nadia Chung; La Cañada High School
Jaeda Walden; La Cañada High School
Swetha Somasundaram; Arcadia High school
Ava Feldman; South Pasadena High School
McKenzie Street; Flintridge Sacred Heart
Madison Triplett from the 2015 Rose Royal Court showed up at the ceremony and congratulated the 2022 Rose Royal Court. 2020 Rose queen, Camille Kennedy was also invited to speak at the ceremony and offered her congratulations in a videotaped message from Tokyo, Japan.
The theme for the 133rd Rose Parade is “Dream, Believe, Achieve.”