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Madison High's Hannah Rice crowned Rose Festival Queen

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Hannah Rice, a senior at Madison High School, was crowned Rose Festival Queen at the Queen's Coronation at the Memorial Coliseum on Saturday morning.

Rice will now represent Portland and the Rose Festival for one year at appearances all around the country and abroad.

"I can't even begin to describe how happy and how grateful I am for this opportunity to represent Portland and to represent my school," Rice said. "I'm so grateful and so honored."

She's the first Rose Festival Queen from Madison High School in decades.

"In truth, I am most looking forward to representing Madison. Madison hasn't had a queen in 39 years," she said. "And I'm so grateful to break that streak and to be able to go around the state and unite Portland and unite us as a state and show the Rose Festival is for all of us."

When choosing a Queen, judges consider each Court member's leadership and scholastic achievement, school activities, civic involvement, volunteer projects, communication skills and overall impression.

Rice is a state semifinalist in speech and debate, a section leader in choir and the living editor of the school newspaper. She enjoys reading, knitting, playing video games, singing show tunes and learning to play the ukulele.

She plans to pursue a career in theater, education or psychology at the University of Oregon.

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