2003 Rose Float Project Gets Regal Review, Visit from Tournament of Roses Royal Court

2003 Rose Float Project Gets Regal Review, Visit from Tournament of Roses Royal Court
Rose Queen Alexandra Wucetich and her court pay a visit to the Collins School at Cal Poly Pomona.
An artist's rendition of the Cal Poly Universities Rose Float entry for 2003.

As preparations for this year?s Cal Poly Universities Rose Float entry move into high gear, students, alumni and supporters took a quick break on Thursday, Nov. 21, to entertain true royalty.

Recently crowned Queen Alexandra Wucetich and the six princesses of the 2003 Tournament of Roses Royal Court came to the Cal Poly Pomona campus for a special luncheon at the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch and an early glimpse of this year?s CPU Rose Float.

?Our campus community is honored the Queen and her court take time during their busy schedule to visit with us here at Cal Poly Pomona,? said Tomas Morãles, vice president for student affairs. ?This project is a time-honored tradition by both universities, and to be associated with the Tournament of Roses is a very special privilege.?

Being selected a queen or princess of the Tournament of Roses may seem like a dream come true, but for the seven members of the 2003 Royal Court it also offers a nightmare schedule. Over the next 10 weeks, the seven high school seniors will attend more that 100 different events, and that doesn?t include the January 1 Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game.

?It?s hard to stay on top of it all,? said Wucetich, a 17-year old senior who attends San Marino High School and who was crowned the 85th Rose Queen on Oct. 22. ?You embrace the experience and just try to have fun. It really is a tremendous honor.?

Accompanying Wucetich on the visit were several Tournament of Roses officials as well as Royal Court princesses Anjali Agrawal of La Salle High School, Heather Bell of John Muir H.S.; Danielle Yamamoto of La Canada H.S., Megan MacLennan of Pasadena Polytechnic School, and Katherine Berber and Glynn-Helene Joseph of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

During the luncheon, Cal Poly Pomona Rose Float Club president Jeremiah Telado welcomed the Royal Court and tournament officials and provided background for this year?s project. Ron Simons, associate vice president for development and himself a former Cal Poly Pomona student Rose Float worker, offered some historical background of the project and the importance of the longstanding relationship between the Cal Poly Universities and the Tournament of Roses Association. There was also a special slide show presentation picturing decades of previous CPU floats.

This year?s project, ?A Sundae Afternoon,? marks the 55th time students from the Pomona and San Luis Obispo campuses will provide an entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

To learn more about the CPU Rose Float project, visit www.cpp.edu/~rose_float or www.asi.calpoly.edu/rosefloat. For additional information and background on the Tournament of Roses Parade, go to www.tournamentofroses.com.

Rose Queen Alexandra Wucetich, left, and Princess Danielle Yamamoto receive Cal Poly Rose Float T-shirts during a recent university visit.