Wilson High's Rose Festival princess Emma Laboe takes uncertainty in stride
Minutes after Wilson High School junior Emma Laboe was named as the school's representative to the Rose Festival Court of 15 princesses, it was announced that this year's Rose Festival would be postponed.
"On March 19 we officially announced we were evolving our 2020 Rose Vision to correspond with our new shared reality, which meant postponing our event dates," wrote Executive Director Jeff Curtis.
Instead of attending Rose Court rituals around the community with her 14 new best friends, Laboe has been homebound.
"I'm doing a lot of baking. I think I've baked six loaves of banana bread so far. And I'm doing a lot of puzzles. I'm meeting with the other members of the Rose Court weekly on Zoom. I'm trying to find things I like to do," she said.
Laboe spends hours each day keeping up with her classes at Wilson through distance learning. Especially her Advanced Placement Physics classes.
Since freshman year, physics has been her favorite subject.
"I really like the way physics explains how the world works. I notice I use those principles every day, which I love," Laboe said.
Along with her sister, Maddie, she made a film recently dealing with COVID-19.
"It was a project for my Finance class. It was supposed to be an 'ask the expert' approach to COVID-19 and the economic fallout."
Laboe admits to "mixed emotions" about the current circumstances.
"It's all the uncertainty. We don't know when things will go back to normal. I've been trying to stay positive and look on the bright side of things, like all this time with my family. I stay mainly positive," Laboe said.
Here's the official word from the Rose Festival as of April 15: "We are actively seeking a window of dates when a revised Rose Festival can take place. We are having ongoing conversations with the City of Portland to identify those dates, with a goal to create a 10-day community festival sometime later in the year."
Princess Laboe had this message for those who are frustrated and confused these days: "Stay strong through this incredibly difficult time. There's a reason we're doing this. It's for people who are immune compromised and at a greater risk for the coronavirus.
"So just stay positive. We've got this," she proclaimed.
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