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Highland Park Teen Named to Rose Parade Royal Court

Benjamin Franklin High School's Sarah Zuno was among seven young women chosen to the royal court.

Highland Park will have a representative on the Royal Court for the 2012 Tournament of Roses in student Sarah Zuno.

Zuno, 17, was among seven girls chosen for the court, and the only one who attends school in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

A member of the Panther's varsity basketball team and the softball team, Zuno is also a student mentor and the school’s Glee Club co-president. She's also a fluent Spanish speaker who enjoys dancing, singing, playing the piano and reading.

"This is huge and I cannot tell you how proud I am," said FHS Senior Cabinet Advisor Natalie Esber. "She is the sweetest girl and has made this school proud."

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association announced the Court on Monday. The finalists were chosen from more than 900 young women around San Gabriel Valley.

The 2012 Rose Queen and her Royal Court will reign over the 123rd Rose Parade and the 98th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 2.

Other finalist chosen were:

Stephanie Grace Hynes, Marantha High School; Cynthia Louie, La Salle High School; Hanan Bulto Worku, Pasadena High School;Morgan Eliza Devaud, La Canada High School; Drew Washington, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Kimberly Victoria Ostiller, Flintridge Preparatory School

Here are the upcoming Royal Court event dates:

  • Rose Queen Announcement: 9:30 a.m., Oct. 18
  • Coronation Ceremony: 11:30 a.m., Oct. 27
Tony Cardona October 10, 2011 at 11:09 PM
yeah Sarah Zuno is representing not just Franklin H.S. but also the community. We are very proud and wish her all the luck
sMiLeZ =) October 11, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Good for Sarah! Congrats!
erxicana October 11, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Congratulations to Sarah and her parents! and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Alex Zuno October 13, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Way to go, Sarah. We all know this is well-deserved.
El Cid October 14, 2011 at 03:42 AM
It's fantastic news for FHS, LAUSD, and our community! Congratulations to Sarah, her parents, and family! Best wishes!!!

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