David Douglas High School’s student body president, Aleena Thammavong, was crowned the school’s 2019 Rose Festival Court princess Friday during a campus ceremony.
Thammavong, the daughter of Heather Stimac and David Nguyen, plans to study business at Portland State University and eventually run her own business. David Douglas’ other court candidates were seniors Tam Danh, Kyra Holden and Lisa Tsang.
Each year, the Portland 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 Monday. Here 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
Cleveland will announce its princess Monday, and the court will be finalized March 21 when Jefferson’s princess is named. The 2019 Rose Festival queen, chosen from the court, will be crowned June 8 ahead of the Grand Floral Parade.
Here’s more about David Douglas High School’s Princess Aleena, as told to the Portland Rose Festival.
High School Activities & Honors: She is involved in student government as the student body president and is general manager of the entrepreneurial program “Dee’s Corner Cafe.” She has been on the soccer team all four years, two years on varsity, and serves as a peer mentor for special needs students.
Hobbies and special interests: She enjoys spending time with her 3-year-old sister. During the summer, she loves to camp, fish, and stay in touch with the outdoors.
What is your favorite place to visit in Portland and why? “My favorite place to visit in Portland is Last Thursday on Alberta. The small street market has not only handmade items, but you can also eat homemade food, but it’s a place where you can learn about Portlanders. It’s amazing to be able to completely immerse myself in the culture of the Beaver state.”
What are you most proud of during your high school career? “I have many things to be proud of, but the two that stand out the most are winning the student body presidential elections and playing back on varsity soccer after 10 months of recovery from a torn ACL. Both of those achievements took the most hard work and dedication I’ve ever given, which is why they are the most memorable events of my entire high school career.”
What is your favorite Rose Festival event and why? “My favorite Rose Festival event is the CityFair because it is my family tradition to kick off summer by spending an entire day downtown, eating carnival food, and playing our favorite games. Since I could remember, my parents have taken my little sister and I to the fair. It is like nothing I’ve been to before. I feel nostalgic every single year when I think of all the time spent there making memories with my family. “
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