Tournament of Roses announces La Cañada High student Nadia Chung as 2022 Rose Queen

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has selected Nadia Chung as the 2022 Rose Queen as Pasadena’s New Year’s Day traditions return after a pandemic-spurred year on hold.

The announcement was made during a ceremony hosted by Lynette Romero, anchor and reporter for the KTLA 5 Morning News, at the city’s famed Tournament House on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Romero was joined by Tournament of Roses President Bob Miller, who was on hand to announce the Tournament’s 103rd Rose Queen.

Chung’s princess peers chanted “Nadia! Nadia!” after her name was announced by Miller.

The Royal Court sheers as Nadia Chung is named 2022 Rose Queen on Tuesday, Oct, 26 at the Tournament House in Pasadena. Photo: YouTube screenshot

Chung is a senior at La Cañada High School and lives in La Cañada.

Currently working as a journalist, Chung also competes in speech and debate competitions and helps organize free debates workshops around town.

When she’s not working, Chung enjoys performing classical ballet and hiking with friends. She said she intends to study political science and journalism with the hopes of becoming a civil rights attorney focusing on social justice.

This week’s selection is the final major ceremony before the queen joins Grand Marshall LeVar Burton and the 2022 Royal Court to ride in the 133rd Rose Parade and attend the 108th Rose Bowl Game. Both will be held in Pasadena on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.

The 2022 parade’s theme is “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” And Miller said in an interview Tuesday Burton and Chung are the perfect people to lead this year’s push to celebrate education.

The Tournament of Roses Royal Court is interviewed by Lynette Romero on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Tournament House in Pasadena. Photo: YouTube screenshot

“Our theme speaks to the dreamers of the world,”  Miller said from the podium Tuesday.

The annual procession down Colorado Boulevard was canceled in 2020 due to coronavirus concerns, marking only the fourth cancellation in the event’s 132-year history.

The cancelation meant the Tournament of Roses was unable to select a Rose Queen and Royal Court last year, however, organizers this year are hoping to put the past behind them and have promised a successful return.

Tournament of Roses leaders have already begun working with Pasadena Public Health Department officials to prepare for the thousands of tourists and visitors from around the world who will flock to Pasadena to catch a glimpse of the decorated floats and other New Year’s Day festivities.

When actor-director-literacy-booster Burton took the Tournament House podium earlier this month, his first order of business as marshal was to introduce his wife, Stephanie Cozart Burton, who worked as a Royal Court makeup artist in 1989.

Cozart Burton won’t be painting the faces of this year’s court but she will join the young ladies on a variety of adventures.

“We want the whole enchilada of the Tournament of Roses experience,” Burton said in an interview after the Grand Marshal ceremony.

Miller said in an interview at the time Burton will get his wish and more as he prepares to ride in the 133rd march and join in the pre-game celebration of the 108th Rose Bowl Game.

The Royal Court members and the Rose Queen serve as ambassadors for the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community and greater Los Angeles area, attending dozens of public events and engagements in the months leading up to the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.

Each member of the court receives a $7,500 educational scholarship as part of the Tournament of Roses’ legacy.

Members of the court are chosen from among hundreds of applicants each year, based on criteria including public speaking, academic achievement, youth leadership and community and school involvement.

Meet the 2020 Royal Court

Nadia Chung and Jaeda Walden react to being chosen for the Tournament of Roses 2022 Royal Court on Monday, October 4, 2021 at the Tournament House in Pasadena. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Queen Nadia Chung is a senior at La Cañada High School and lives in La Cañada.

Jeannine Briggs and Abigail Griffith react to being chosen for the Tournament of Roses 2022 Royal Court on Monday, October 4, 2021 at the Tournament House in Pasadena. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Princess Jeannine Briggs is a senior at John Marshall fundamental High School and lives in Pasadena. As an active participant in many clubs, Briggs enjoys advocating for women’s rights along with singing, acting and linguistics. She plans to study Global Studies, international relations and journalism and would like to attend law school and become a broadcast journalist.

Ava Feldman reacts to being chosen for the Tournament of Roses 2022 Royal Court on Monday, October 4, 2021 at the Tournament House in Pasadena. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Princess Ava Feldman is a senior at South Pasadena High School and lives in South Pasadena. Like her peers, she is involved in many organizations but Feldman is also a fierce competitor in tennis and volunteers with children when she’s not exploring the surrounding Los Angeles area with her friends, family and dogs. She plans to study child development or psychology with the hopes of one day becoming a child psychologist.

Abigail Griffith and Nadia Chung react to being chosen for the Tournament of Roses 2022 Royal Court on Monday, October 4, 2021 at the Tournament House in Pasadena. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Princess Abigail Griffith is a senior at Pasadena High School and lives in Pasadena where she enjoys sewing, origami, graphic design and architecture. Griffith also enjoys art as well as studying the cultures of Latin America. Once in college, she intends to study architecture to become a licensed architect in the future.

Swetha Somasundaram reacts to being chosen for the Tournament of Roses 2022 Royal Court on Monday, October 4, 2021 at the Tournament House in Pasadena. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Princess Swetha Somasundaram is a senior at Arcadia High School and lives in Temple City. Somasundaram works as a student teacher at Los Angeles Tamil School and possesses a deep knowledge of Bharatanatyam dance. She also plays violin, writes poetry and paints when she’s not preparing for her future studies in biomedical engineering so that she can one day become a cancer researcher.

McKenzie Street reacts to being chosen for the Tournament of Roses 2022 Royal Court on Monday, October 4, 2021 at the Tournament House in Pasadena. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Princess McKenzie Street is a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and lives in Pasadena. She is currently a member of many organizations and founded her school’s fashion club. When she’s not accessorizing, Street enjoys playing piano and advocating for environmental and social justice. Street plans to study communications and media but is also interested in computer science. One day she hopes to teach the subject to underrepresented communities.

Jaeda Walden and Swetha Somasundaram react to being chosen for the Tournament of Roses 2022 Royal Court on Monday, October 4, 2021 at the Tournament House in Pasadena. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Princess Jaeda Walden is a senior at La Cañada High School and lives in La Cañada where she participates in local clubs and plays on the varsity volleyball team. She enjoys ceramics, live music and thrifting and hopes to study psychology, business or marketing in the future.