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PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Wilson High School Principal Brian Chatard congratulates Princess Lily Brodrick.The rest of Lily Brodrick’s senior year is sure to be a bloomin’ good time.

Brodrick was announced Friday as Wilson High School’s Rose Festival Court princess, which guarantees her a $3,500 scholarship, a new wardrobe, a female executive career mentor, more than a month of statewide travels and a chance to be crowned the 2015 Rose Festival Queen.

For a young woman who loves meeting new people, giving back to her community and spending time outdoors, the role fits perfectly with this year’s festival theme, “A Bloomin’ Good Time.”

“It’s basically going around and appreciating the people and all the different opportunities in Portland,” says Brodrick, 18. “To me, that sounds like a bloomin’ good time, to explore and do something different.”

She shared that sentiment in her three-minute speech on the meaning of the festival’s theme, which she delivered to a panel of judges and her peers during the court selection process.

In the speech, she reflected on five weeks spent in the wilderness of Idaho and Montana while working with Northwest Youth Corps last summer. She and her crew backpacked, built trails and installed signs to help other people explore the area more easily. The work was grueling, the meals were bland and the shower opportunities were nonexistent, but Brodrick fondly recalls time spent sitting on a trail with mountains above her and flowers below.

“I think everyone needs time to just be by themselves and embrace who they are,” she says. “It’s so raw; you take away the basics of what you think you need to live.”

Brodrick’s five weeks of Rose Court fame will look a bit different than her time in Northwest Youth Corps. She’ll once again befriend a group of peers and travel to new places, only this time she’ll be provided with a new wardrobe and paraded around as royalty.

As an outdoors enthusiast, she says she looks forward to the volunteer and advocacy opportunities on the court, as well as the chance to get to know the 14 princesses from around Portland.

“I really like meeting new people, and I really like discovering something new about an area where I live,” she says.

Brodrick says she’ll likely be busy studying on the court’s tour bus; she plans to take Advanced Placement tests for English and Environment in May.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Princess Lily Brodrick (left) and fellow candidate Erica Ewton pose after Wilson High Schools Rose Festival Court announcement.A student, athlete and volunteer

Brodrick is relatively new to Wilson; she transferred to the school from Jesuit in 2013.

“I find that I fit in better here,” she says of Wilson, pointing to her passion for befriending people in several different social circles. “I’ve found that’s one of the things that makes me happy — having different kinds of people.”

During her time at Wilson, Brodrick has joined the yearbook staff as a copywriter, started Earth Club with her friends and mentored fellow students through the school’s peer counselor program.

She also volunteers with the Neighborhood House food box program in Multnomah Village — where she helps sort food for delivery and assists participants as they shop for groceries — and at Portland Homeless Family Solutions, where she helps with food setup and laundry and plays board games or sports with kids.

She’s played basketball all four years of high school and plans to continue next year at the University of Puget Sound in Washington. There, she hopes to study environmental science and pre-law, she says.

While the next few months will be full of change as she transitions to life as a Rose Princess and moves on to college, Brodrick says her high school experience has trained her to handle it. “Change can happen, and that’s okay,” she says. “It’s better to embrace change than to begrudge it.”

Erica Ewton — a junior who is graduating this spring — was Wilson’s other princess candidate this year. The young women were judged on character, communication skills and presence, and received votes from their classmates and a panel of community judges.

The festival’s Queen of Rosaria will be crowned June 6 at 8:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 300 N. Winning Way. Tickets are $30.

Contact Kelsey O’Halloran at 503-636-1281 x101 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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