WLHS's Emma Waibel will hear decision March 18

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - WLHS junior Emma Waibel is in the running for the Metro East position on Portland's 2014 Rose Festival Court.Portland’s 2014 Rose Festival court could include a princess from the city of West Linn for the first time. Emma Waibel made history by becoming the first West Linn student to participate in the court selection process.

One hundred high school juniors and seniors from class 4A to 6A schools in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties applied Feb. 22 for positions on the court. Each applicant gave a one-minute introduction and a one-minute speech to a panel of community volunteer judges. Waibel, a junior at West Linn High School, was among 57 students selected to return for a second, final round of judging that afternoon.

Waibel is a member of the National Honor Society at WLHS, serves as the director of major projects for the school’s Associated Student Body (ASB) and is the director of the school’s Sparrow Club. She said in her Rose Court application that she is most proud of having been elected to ASB.

“I am honored that my peers and the administration at WLHS have voted me to be a leader of our school for two years now,” she said. “I am so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to represent and serve my school.”

Two students from Lake Oswego, Emily Brinkmann and Samantha Wong, along with a student from Gladstone, Danae Van Stelle, are competing with Waibel for the Metro East position.

The winner from Metro East will be announced at 2 p.m. March 18.

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