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Bre'Shay Barnes named Parkrose High School princess


Parkrose High School's Rose Festival Court for 2012 includes, from left, Emma Brent, Princess Bre'Shay Barnes, Laura Denning and Carlea Sundin.
Mid-county Memo photo/Tim Curran
The Parkrose High School auditorium erupted as Bre'Shay Barnes was named the school's Rose Festival princess Friday, completing the 2012 royal court.

As she stepped up to microphone to deliver a short thank-you speech in an electric green gown, students shouted, “We love you, Bre'Shay.”

The 17-year-old senior is a member of the dance team and Black Student Union. She plans to earn a bachelor's degree in sports medicine at Prairie View A&M University in Texas and go on to a career in physical therapy. She takes part in an anti-gang program at the school, and in her spare time she enjoys acting, modeling and Tae Kwon Do.

Bre'Shay said the person she admires most is her uncle, Robert Ingram, director of the city's office of youth violence. He died in December.

“He has been a local everyday hero,” she said.

She said the coronation is her favorite part of the Rose Festival.

“This activity promotes self-esteem, determination and courage,” she said. “Seeing young women make a difference in this city and demonstrating what it takes to be a positive role model is what I aspire to be.”

The 15 Rose princesses will now begin six weeks of touring throughout Oregon and presiding over Rose Festival events.

The queen of Rosaria will be crowned the morning of June 9 just before the Spirit Mountain Grand Floral Parade.

The festival court includes three juniors and 12 seniors. Their first names reveal the region's diversity: Carter, Sadé, Amirose, Maleah, Janae, Kate, Nyausha, Cassidy, Keely, Asia, Charlotte, Lydia, Mehek, Alexis - and now Bre'Shay.

The Parkrose court also include:
• Emma Brent, 17, a senior, and student body president, who is planning on a career in broadcast journalism. She has participated in choir, tennis, mock trial and served as an anchor for Parkrose Community Television. She says her best and worse quality is her tendency to jump head first into things.

• Laura Kate Denning, 18, a senior who wants to become a pediatric nurse. She has been involved in cheerleading and the dance team. She has mentored girls at the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls of Portland. She has volunteered with the Oregon Humane Society and the Providence Child Center for Medically Fragile Children. The person she admires most is musician Shaska Potter, whom she met at the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls when she was 13.

• Carlea Sundin, 17, a senior who would like to become an event coordinator. She served as captain of the dance team and as a member of the constitution team and the German Club. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, reading, hiking and listening to music. The person she admires most is her sister, who is 23 years older.
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