Before announcing the 2012 Rose Queen on Tuesday morning, Tournament of Roses Assn. President Rick Jackson congratulated the seven princesses of the Royal Court for making it so far, but, he said, “there can only be one queen.”
Drew Washington, a 16-year-old captain of the varsity volleyball and track-and-field teams at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, secured the crown after her name was called, prompting a flurry of screams and cheers from her classmates at the ceremony.
Drew’s eyes widened, and her jaw dropped. The excited screams of her classmates competed with the Tournament of Roses band.
“Honestly, all I heard was my school, then my friends go wild,” Drew said. “I almost didn’t even hear my name being called. It was just such an electrifying feeling.”
Drew’s father, Craig Washington, was beaming. A member of the Tournament of Roses Assn., Washington described his daughter as “sedate” this past weekend over the potential that she could become queen.