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Franklin High will be represented again this year by a school Princess at the Rose Festival -- if there is one

DAVID F. ASHTON - Eliyana Camara was named Franklin Highs 2021 Portland Rose Festival Princess, in a ZOOM online ceremony on March 9. Due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic – for the second year in a row, Franklin High School's Portland Rose Festival Princess disclosure ceremony was held online, instead of in person in their beautiful theater.

During a ZOOM online meeting, on the afternoon of March 9, FHS Vice Principal Scott Burns welcomed everyone to the online program. "Franklin has a long history of selecting candidates who have gone on to become crowned Queen of Rosaria," he reminded.

Portland Rose Festival Court Committee Co-Chair Linda Gunselman was on hand to thank all of those involved with the program, and to introduce dignitaries in attendance – including the Royal Rosarians' Lord High Sheriff John Jackson, who will be this year's FHS Princess Escort.

As she ended her reign, last year's Franklin High Rose Festival Princess Doré Young recalled, "My Rose Festival Court experience started with me being announced on Google Hangouts about a year ago; it's astonishing that even now, a year a later, I'm still introducing the next Princess on a 'video chat' platform.

"Congratulations on being part of the program," Princess Doré went on. "It's going to be an uplifting experience, and something you'll take with you for the rest of your life, because you'll always be a Princess from Franklin High. I'm excited to see how this experience will help you on your life journey," she said in part.

Then, Princess Doré introduced the 2021 Portland Rose Festival FHS Princess – Eliyana Camara.

Princess Eliyana said she was proud of how the Portland Rose Festival has helped maintain a sense of community in Portland, even during the difficult time of COVID-19. "It's a more than 100-year-old tradition; it's still carrying a sense of normality for everyone."

FHS Principal Chris Frazier commended Princess Eliyana, "You now stand with a large group of ambassadors, who have well-represented Franklin High School."

In her biography, Princess Eliyana wrote, "In my high school career, I am most proud of building bonds and maintaining friendships with my peers, and having close relationships with them." Although she had a busy schedule, Princess Eliyana said she made the effort to apply to represent her school as a Rose Festival Princess because, "With all the chaos going on in the world today, I felt as if this would be the perfect opportunity to really get to know other people from around the city, and be able to build new friendships. It is important to me to be able to represent Franklin's characteristic of being a school that is welcoming to everyone."

An Honor Roll senior at Franklin High, Princess Eliyana said she'd like to become an architect or interior designer. Her education at Portland State University – she's planning a major in architecture and minor in Spanish – will be assisted, as it always is for each selected member of each year's Rose Festival Court, by a $3,500 scholarship grant from The Randall Group.

The 2021 Portland Rose Festival Queen will be crowned "the Queen of Rosaria" at the Queen's Coronation, in the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park, now scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 18.

Learn more about the 2021 Portland Rose Festival online – www.rosefestival.org


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