Rose queen.jpgThis year’s 2018 Tournament of Roses Queen Isabella Marie Marez holds close family roots here in our local community of Hillside. Isabella is the daughter of Jesse and Christine Marez.  She has four siblings, Alexandra, Jennifer, Justin and William.   Her father Jesse Marez along with his eight other siblings  were raised in Hillside Village where they all attended Wilson High School. Her grandparents Jose and Manuela still reside at the family home on Almadale Ave. where they’ve resided since the mid 1970’s.

    As a  resident of Altadena, Isabella had to survive a deeply competitive  application and interview process in order to be chosen Rose Queen, as close to one thousand applicants sought to win this very distinguished ambassador position.

     The criteria that the  Tournament of Roses Queen and Court Committee use to select their annual Rose Queen includes: poise, speaking ability, academic achievement, youth leadership, and community and school involvement.

     Isabella is very active in many activities at her La Salle High School as well as in her community of Pasadena.  Her  colorful resume reflects that as she participates in varsity softball and golf and a travel/club softball team

Other extra-curricular activities in which she is involved in include: being a Youth Ministry Leader, a leadership service commissioner at La Salle High, a member of the Support our Troops Club, Key Club, Hispanic National Honors Society, and National Arts Society. She also serves as a Junior Ambassador for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

       Her duties as the 100th Rose Queen are to be a lifelong Ambassador of good will to her fellow man,  make more than 100 media and community appearances as an Ambassador for the Tournament of Roses Parade. On January 1st 2018 she, along with her six other Rose Court Princess’ will ride on the Rose Parade float and attend the Rose Bowl game.

“This year’s theme Making A Difference means a lot to me,” she said. “When I first heard about it I was very excited because making a difference is something I do every day within my school, family, and community. It’s out of compassion and respect for that person as another human being.”

       She plans on studying social justice and human anatomy and would like to attend Seattle University, Manhattan College, Regis University, Villanova University, Drexel University, or Sarah Lawrence College.

            When asked how he and the family were dealing with all of the notoriety and excitement surrounding Isabella’s being chosen as the 100th Tournament of Roses Rose Queen, father Jesse Marez replied, “ Aside from being deeply proud and happy of this truly special once in a lifetime opportunity in her young life, it reminds me that one can never predict what legacy  the next generation will leave.”

       Needless to say, Isabella is well on her way of paving her own unique and great legacy and a true inspiration to many as she once again proves that hard work and true compassion for her fellow person can go a long way even in her young life.  She is truly “Making a difference.”

       Isabella, along with her six other beautiful and very academically refined Rose Princess’ will be in full view on January 1st,  as they fulfill their roles as ambassadors for the 2018 Annual Tournament of Roses Parade on Channel 5 KTLA.

      Your family’s community beams with pride at your distinguished accomplishment Isabella. We wish you the greatest of success in your young life.


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