Special from La Salle High School, Pasadena, CA. Isabella Marie Marez of La Salle High School in Pasadena, California is the 2018 Queen of the Tournament of Roses Royal Court. She is the 100th Queen of the historic and prestigious Tournament of Roses festival and the third to hail from La Salle High School.
Marez’s coronation as Queen of the seven-member 2018 Royal Court took place on October 18 at the Pasadena Playhouse. Said Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet, “Queen Isabella’s life changed the moment I announced her name. She has now become a part of the tradition and legacy of the 99 Rose Queens before her. Not only will Queen Isabella and the Royal Court be wonderful ambassadors, these young women will be making a positive impact by contributing kindness to others within our community.”
Since then, the Royal Court members have attended 100 community and media functions, where they represented the Tournament of Roses and acted as ambassadors to the community of Pasadena. The grand finale of these appearances is on January 1, 2018, where the court will ride the Royal Court float at the 129th Tournament of Roses parade and then attend the College Football Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.
At La Salle High School, Marez is a leadership service commissioner for Student Life and a member of the Support Our Troops Club, Key Club, Unbreakable Club, Hispanic National Honors Society, and the National Arts Society. She participates in varsity golf, varsity softball, and travel/club softball programs. Her involvement in the community also includes serving as a Youth Ministry leader and Junior Ambassador for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Marez plans to study human anatomy and social justice in college.
Upon learning that she would be the 2018 Rose Queen, Marez stated, “I love my high school, I love the Lasallian community we have there. They’ve been supportive every step of the way and I can’t wait to thank them for being so supportive and helping me get here.”