There are few Pasadena traditions as iconic as the Tournament of Roses. Each year nearly 1,000 young hopefuls interview to be selected for the Royal Court based on their poise, personality, public speaking ability and scholastic achievement. It is therefore a great honor that Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA volunteer Victoria Castellanos has been selected as the 99th Rose Queen.
A senior at Temple City High School, volunteerism has always been important to Queen Victoria. Ever since she was a young child, she dreamed of volunteering with the animals at the Pasadena Humane Society. At age 16, she joined hundreds of other high school age volunteers at PHS.
She loves coming to the shelter to spend time with the shelter dogs. She fell in love with one lab mix in particular who she remembers for being a big lap dog.
“Not all the animals came from great homes or even had a home before, so it is really nice for me to be able to give them some affection and show them that people are good,” she said.
Queen Victoria spends what little free time she has with her own family pets, a German shepherd named Winnie and a pit bull named Spooky and with her show choir, the Brighter Side Singers.
In the coming year, Victoria and the Royal Court will serve as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses and the city of Pasadena. With over 100 public and media functions on her schedule, she hopes to use her visibility as Rose Queen to spread awareness about volunteering and donating to charities, especially animal-centered organizations.
Thank you Queen Victoria for encouraging people to get involved and for spreading the word about PHS in the community