Everything’s coming up roses for Cole Fox.
The South Pasadena High School senior this week was named one of seven Royal Court members for the 2020 Tournament of Roses. She was selected from 25 finalists who participated in a multi-step interview process.
Fox was recognized on Sept. 30 at the Tournament of Roses House in Pasadena by the Court Committee.
“Hearing my name called was one of the best moments of my life these past 17 years,” Fox told the Review.
“I was instantly happy, excited, proud and honored all at once. Being a member of this court means the world to me. I get to represent South Pasadena, my favorite city in the whole world. I’m incredibly honored to be a part of this court and the Tournament of Roses organization. I can’t wait to start my community work as an ambassador for them.”
Royal Court members are selected based on a combination of qualities, including public-speaking ability, youth leadership, academic achievement and community and school involvement. On Oct. 22, a Rose Queen will be coronated at the Pasadena Playhouse.
The 2020 Royal Court will attend nearly 100 community and media functions, serving as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community and the greater Los Angeles area. Fox said she is particularly looking forward to spending time with and spreading hope to children.
“I want to inspire them to work towards their goals and spread kindness wherever they go,” she said. “I worked with children when I completed my Girl Scout Gold Award at a local elementary school and know firsthand the influence that effective communication and positive reinforcement has on them.”
In addition to serving as ambassadors for the Tournament of Roses and riding on the Royal Court float in the 131st Rose Parade on Jan. 1, each member of the Royal Court member will receive a $7,500 educational scholarship.
“As of now, I don’t know where I will be attending college, but I’m enjoying the process of figuring it out,” Fox said.
“I love science and I plan to major in biology, then go on to medical school. I have always told myself that I wanted to enter a field that worked to solve problems that I needed help with growing up, and because of this, I hope to become a dermatologist when I finish medical school.”
Fox has attended many Rose Parades. She said her earliest memory of the parade is waking up early with her siblings and watching the floats come around the corner out onto Orange Grove before the parade began.
“I look forward to this parade every year, and I’m beyond excited to continue my family’s tradition of attending the parade and to ride on the Royal Court float this year,” Fox said. “I’m passionate about my community and am very much looking forward to working with all of the organizations that the Tournament of Roses supports. “
South Pas had two other finalists as well — Mia Dawson, also from SPHS, and Eleanor Washburn of Westridge School.