Franklin High School crowned senior Christina Liu, who plans to become an engineer, as its princess on the 2019 Rose Festival Court on Wednesday at the Southeast Portland school.
The daughter of Song Ai Wu and Jun Neng Liu, Christina Liu plans to attend Tufts University and study engineering, according to a news release from the Portland Rose Festival. Senior Wren Helzer-Florer was also a candidate for the title.
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; Wilson High School will announce its Rose Festival princess Thursday. These are the members of the court so far.
Read more about Franklin’s princess, as told to the Portland Rose Festival:
High school activities and honors: Christina is as a member of Key Club and the Asian American Association. She serves as president of the Red Cross Club and is a co-chair of the Multnomah Youth Commission. She is also a Questbridge Scholar and a recipient of the Harvard Book Award.
Hobbies and special interests: Christina enjoys dancing, singing writing and photography. She also enjoys volunteering and serving her community in her free time.
What is your favorite place to visit in Portland and why? “My favorite place in Portland is the Holgate Library. I remember spending countless hours there as a child. My family loves learning and I take that from them. Weekends consisted of sitting in the corner of the library, debating which book I should check out for the next two weeks. My mom would also encourage us to be creative, and books have allowed me to live in my own imagination.”
What are you most proud of during your high school career? “When I entered high school, I was shy and quiet, unable to express myself, and thought my voice did not matter. With the help of my mentors and teachers around me, I was able to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone and become more expressive. I started taking on more leadership roles and I grew into a completely new person. I am more able to express myself openly and know that my opinions matter.”
What is your favorite Rose Festival event and why? “My favorite Rose Festival event is the Starlight Parade. During my freshman year, I volunteered there with my Red Cross Club, marching in the parade. Communities of people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives coming together to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. This is why I love Portland so much. I love being open-minded to different cultures and view points, knowing that everyone has unique experiences.”
Unitus Community Credit Union Mentor: Rashinda Hearlson, Unitus CCU.
— Grant Butler
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