PCC student in the running for Rose Queen. Sarah Hansen is one of seven rose princess finalist in the running to be the rose bowls, rose queen.

The Rose Parade is just around the corner and PCC’s Sarah Hansen is in the running to be given the title of Rose Queen.

Sarah Elizabeth Hansen, 2013 Rose Princess, stands beside the rose bushes outside the Shatford Library on Oct 8. Hansen, along with six other women, were named to the Tournament of Roses Royal Court on Oct 7. One of the seven will be named the Rose Queen on Oct 24. (Courier/Benjamin Simpson)
Sarah Elizabeth Hansen, 2013 Rose Princess, stands beside the rose bushes outside the Shatford Library on Oct 8. Hansen, along with six other women, were named to the Tournament of Roses Royal Court on Oct 7. One of the seven will be named the Rose Queen on Oct 24. (Courier/Benjamin Simpson)

Each year in September and early October, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association administers a selection process to determine which greater Pasadena- area girls will have the honor of being crowned Queen of the Tournament of Roses, or selected as one of the members of her “Royal Court”.

More than 1,000 girls between the ages of 17 to 21, try out every year. Six princesses and one queen are chosen. They are high school and college students within the Pasadena City College district attendance area.

“It’s really an honor,” said Hansen. “It’s something I tried for hoping that I would get it but not sure whether it would happen or not. Now I’m at the point where I want to be. It’s exciting to be put on a platform and given this opportunity to be serve my community.”

Hansen will have the chance to preside over “America’s New Year Celebration” that includes a festival of flower-covered floats, marching bands, and the Rose Bowl college football game on New Year’s.

Hansen is thrilled at the chance to give back to the community that she grew up in and has been so good to her.

“I get to serve the community in many ways,” said Hansen. “We go to different events like going to children’s hospitals and convalescent homes. On Halloween we will be spending time with kids who are diagnosed with terminal diseases.”

Hansen hasn’t been going at it alone, though. She’s had her supporters by her side every step of the way and couldn’t be more grateful.

“Originally it was my dad who encouraged me to one day try it,” said Hansen. “I took it lightly but now that I’m here at PCC I was able to officially do it and my whole family is supporting me along with my friends and my church.”

A ceremony was held in front of the Rose Court House Monday morning with all 25 girls attending. At this ceremony, seven were chosen join the court and compete for the title of Rose Queen.

“After they called the fifth person I kind of accepted that I didn’t get it, then they called my name sixth,” said Hansen. “It was a big shock and I was in disbelief at first, I couldn’t believe they said my name. I stepped on the stage, a swarm of media surrounded me, and its just been a whirlwind ever since. This whole experience has been like a roller coaster except all highs and no lows.”

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