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Queen Hanna reigns over Rose Festival

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID F. ASHTON - Hanna Rose Rice, center in glasses, was surprised Saturday morning when she was crowned Queen of the 106th Portland Rose Festival. Rice is the first Madison High School sudent in 39 years to wear the festival crown.For just the third time in Rose Festival history, a Madison High School student reigns over Portland’s annual event.

Hanna Rose Rice covered her face in her astonishment when she learned Saturday morning, June 8, that she had become the third Madison High School student — and the first in 39 years — to be selected as Queen of the 106th Portland Rose Festival.

Rice, 17, was selected from among the 16 2013 Portland Rose Festival princesses for the honor. “I can't even begin to describe how excited I am for this opportunity to represent Portland, and to represent my school,” Rice said as she climbed aboard the queen’s float. “I feel so honored.”

When she heard her name announced, Queen Hanna recalled, “It kind of felt like I was floating. It seemed like time stopped for a moment. I know that any of the girls would have been a fantastic queen.

“It has been 39 years since a Queen has been chosen from our school,” Rice said. “I am so grateful to be the one to ‘break that streak’, and, as I travel, to show everyone that Portland Rose Festival is for all of us.

“I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity. It’s still sinking in. I am so happy.”

The Madison High senior plans to pursue a career in theater, education or psychology.

by: COURTESY OF ANDREW AEBI - A parade participant got a ride on the 4.2-mile Grand Floral Parade route Saturday morning in this photo by Andrew Aebi at Southwest 10th Avenue and Stark Street.

Floats, bands win awards

Reser’s Fine Foods of Beaverton was given the Al Reser Sweepstakes Award for the most outstanding float in the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade through downtown Portland.

Beaverton’s Sunset High School marching band took first place in the state band competition for bands of less than 99 members. Canby High School’s band took second. Glencoe High School in Hillsboro took third place.

Beaverton’s Westview High School marching band took first place in the state competition for bands with 100 or more members. The Century High School band in Hillsboro took third place.

Both Century High School parents and Westview's cheerleaders won Caption Awards for their support of the marching bands.

by: COURTESY OF ANDREW AEBI - The Portland Rose Festival Queen's float featured Queen Hanna in this photo by Andrew Aebi.Other parade float awards included:

• Queens Award (Most outstanding non-animated float in the parade): Vietnamese Community of Oregon

• President’s Award (Most effective overall floral presentation): Portland- Kaohsiung Sister City Association

• Governor’s Award (Best depiction of life in Oregon): Fred Meyer

• Royal Rosarian Award (Best craftsmanship and workmanship): Battleground Rose Float

• Rose Society Award (Most effective use and display of roses): Spirit Mountain Casino

• Rose Festival Directors Award (Best depiction of volunteerism): Oregon National Guard

• Rose Festival Court Award (Best example of enthusiasm and teamwork): Spokane Lilac Festival

• Grand Marshal Award (Best depiction of whimsy): Portland General Electric

• Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Award (Best depiction of community spirit): Alaska Airlines

• Queen Thelma Award (Most artistic design and presentation): Royal Rosarian Foundation

• Judges Award (exceptional merit): Radio Cab

• Golden Rose Award (exceptional merit): Life Flight Network

by: COURTESY OF ANDREW AEBI - Portland's Mounted Patrol Unit was part of Saturday's Grand Floral Parade, in this photo by Andrew Aebi at Southwest 10th Avenue and Stark Street.

Reporter Kevin Harden contributed to this news story.