Ellie Hylland, a senior and member of the varsity tennis team, was crowned as Central Catholic’s princess for the Portland Rose Festival Court during a campus ceremony Friday morning.
The daughter of Mark and Paula Hylland, Ellie Hylland plans to attend either Texas Christian University or the University of Oregon to study broadcast and communications. She’s aiming toward a career in politics, teaching or television, according to a news release from the Portland Rose Festival.
Central Catholic senior Morgan Ruff was also a candidate for the court.
Each year, the Rose Festival names up to 15 young women to its court. They receive one-on-one mentorship from women executives and a $3,500 scholarship provided by The Randall Group. Beginning the first week of May, the court travels together for five weeks, visiting community events, senior living centers, youth organizations and more.
Lincoln High School’s ceremony kicked things off last week; Parkrose High School will announce its Rose Festival princess on Monday. These are the members of the court so far.
- Sophia Zhang, Lincoln High School
- Olivia Joy Keepes, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory, Metro East
- Maria (Tori) Lopez, Tigard High School, Metro West
- Makenzie Espinoza, Roosevelt High School
- Aleena Thammavong, David Douglas High School
- Lindsey Hausafus, Cleveland High School
- Mya Brazile, St. Mary’s Academy
- Christina Liu, Franklin High School
- Chloe Unflat, Wilson High School
Read more about Central Catholic’s princess, as told to the Portland Rose Festival:
High school activities and honors: She received a four-year Faherty-Morse scholarship at Central Catholic. She also received the only four-year Varsity Athlete Award for her involvement and leadership on the CC Song Cheer Team.
Hobbies and special interests: She enjoys being on stage, whether it is playing music, performing cheer, or interacting with the crowd. In addition, she is on the varsity tennis team and ski club, and a mediocre surfer. Ellie is also a part of a Women’s Coalition at Central Catholic and enjoys serving meals at St. Francis Dining Hall.
What is your favorite place to visit in Portland and why? “My favorite place to be is on a boat floating on the river. It gives me a different perspective of the city. When passing under the St. Johns Bridge, to the Eastside Esplanade, the Rose Garden, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the city always appears to move at a slower and quieter pace.”
What are you most proud of during your high school career? “I am most proud of developing an extremely diverse group of friends. I have worked to connect with other students of all backgrounds and have made a real investment in maintaining those friendships. I believe in the power of a personal network and love the feeling of being connected to so many different people. Another time is when I attended Homecoming with my friend, Colby, who I met at the Buddy Walk.”
What is your favorite Rose Festival event and why? “My dad is a self-proclaimed ‘parade nerd,’ and I have been attending the parades of Rose Festival for years. The Starlight Parade is my favorite event. Not just because of the lights, performers, and parade participants, but also because of the energy and connected spirit of the parade watchers. Everyone gets along that night and there is happiness in the air. I’ve also enjoyed watching my sister-in-law for several years compete in the Dragon Boat races. There’s so much energy, spirit, and team camaraderie!”
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