2023 Rose Festival Queen of Rosaria crowned

Deja Fitzwater
Deja Fitzwater(KPTV)
Published: Jun. 9, 2023 at 10:36 AM PDT
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PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) - The 2023 Rose Festival Queen was announced and crowned at the Queen’s Coronation on Friday.

The ceremony was held at Oregon Square, located at Northeast 8th Street and Holladay Street, at 11:30 a.m.

The Rose Festival Court is comprised of up to 15 outstanding students chosen from Portland metro-area high schools. Learn more about them here.

Each candidate is evaluated on leadership, scholastic achievement, school activities, civic involvement, volunteer projects, communications skills and overall impression. The 2023 Queen will reign for a year and serve as the Rose Festival’s leading ambassador at special events and gatherings.

At Friday’s ceremony, Deja Fitzwater was named 2023 Rose Festival Queen of Rosaria. Fitzwater was the Metro West Princess and is a senior at Tigard High School.

Fitzwater plans to attend University of Alabama and study education, science or theater.

Watch the full ceremony below: