David Douglas High selects Rose Festival Princess

UPDATED: Meet the representative of DDHS Scots to the 2020 Portland Rose Festival, Princess Michelle …

At David Douglas High School, in the Hazelwood neighborhood, the gymnasium was again filled to capacity, as the Portland Rose Festival “Princess Reveal” took place. East Portland News archive image

By David F. Ashton
Photos by Vern Uyetake

As the main gymnasium at David Douglas High School (DDHS) filled with thousands of students and staff on Friday morning, February 28, all were in anticipating the assembly at which their school’s Portland Rose Festival Princess would be chosen.

The students enjoyed entertainment, learning about the school’s sports successes and play, but they eagerly looked forward to the announcement of their Princess.

Princess candidate Michelle Le is walked down the aisle by her mother.

One by one, DDHS Princess Candidates Kiara Childers, Maddie Hernandez, Amelia Kang, and Michelle Le were escorted to the stage.

Before the selection, 2019 Portland Rose Festival DDHS Princess Aleena Thammavong greeted the crowd, and told of the wonderful year she just had, serving as the school’s representative.

Awaiting word about who would be selected: Here are DDHS Princess Candidates Kiara Childers, Maddie Hernandez, Amelia Kang, and Michelle Le.

2019 Portland Rose Festival DDHS Princess Aleena Thammavong places the tiara on the head of the 2020 Princess, Michelle Le.

Although born in Salt Lake City, DDHS senior Princess Michelle has been educated in outer East Portland at Mill Park Elementary, and Ron Russell Middle School, before coming to David Douglas.

“For me, it is an honor and a privilege. to go out and represent our school to the greater community, through participating in the Portland Rose Festival,” Princess Michelle told East Portland News after the program.

Princess Michelle greets her “subjects” and thanks them for their support.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting the other schools’ princesses, meeting new people, and traveling in Portland and beyond,” she said. “I have a love for Portland – I have pride for our city, and I want to show that.”

She’s maintained a 4.0 GPA every year in high school, while taking rigorous courses and also being very involved in school activities.

Princess Michelle’s academic future is attending a four-year university, majoring in biochemistry and biophysics, with a minor in gender and women’s studies – and that career path will be aided by a $3,500 scholarship courtesy of The Randall Group.

Congratulation to 2020 Portland Rose Festival David Douglas High School Princess Michelle Le.

All Portland Rose Festival activities and events have been postponed until further notice. To learn more, see their official web site: CLICK HERE.

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