Everything is coming up roses for La Cañada Flintridge resident Nadia Chung, who was crowned the 103rd Rose Queen with a radiant Mikimoto crown boasting more than 600 cultured pearls and six carats of diamonds. After a month-long selection process, the high school senior was chosen based on a combination of qualities, including public-speaking ability, academic achievement, youth leadership, and community and school involvement.
Currently a journalist for the Los Angeles Times High School Insider, president of the La Cañada High School speech and debate team, president of the mock trial team, and company member of California Contemporary Youth Ballet, Chung’s extracurriculars are solid stepping stones for the aspiring civil rights attorney, who plans to study political science and journalism in college.
Chung’s coronation had an extra special meaning as she recalls a childhood encounter with the Royal Court. “When I was four, I met the Rose Queen and Rose Princesses at the San Gabriel Ballet,” she says, calling it her “full circle moment.” “Not only am I someone who has gone on to pursue ballet, but I am also now the Rose Queen for the Royal Court. My dreams came true on a lot of different levels!”