Last week it was announced that Jenny Duan '22 will be Jesuit High School's first-ever Rose Festival Princess on the Portland Rose Festival Court. Only 15 young women are chosen to represent their Portland-area high school on the Court, and must be outstanding academically, and in community volunteerism. Jenny was selected as the standout candidate from young women applying from Metro West high schools in the greater Portland area.
The theme of this year's festival is Rose City Reunion, which will focus on community and togetherness. Leading up to the in-person festivities which begin on May 27, Jenny will get to participate in mentorship and networking opportunities. Congratulations, Jenny, for this incredible honor!
Get to know Jenny Duan, Jesuit's first Rose Festival Princess:
What are you involved in at JHS?
At Jesuit, I lead the Mental Health Awareness Club, the Asian Student Union, and the Philosophy Club. I am also a co-captain of the Ethics Bowl Team and a Lead Ambassador as well as a member of our Diversity and Inclusion Student Council. I play the keyboard in the jazz band and pit orchestra, and am a Setons Sister.
What are some of your interests/passions?
I love reading, deep conversations, caring for my many houseplants, and listening to Broadway musicals. I am a passionate advocate for mental health justice, housing equity, and education access. In my free time, I volunteer at OMSI, Rose Haven, and the Oregon Chinese Coalition. I have a profound appreciation for the natural world, and enjoy spending time hiking and exploring Portland's many offerings.
How do you live out Jesuit's mission of being a woman for others?
I aspire to infuse service in all of my everyday pursuits, whether it be through school or co-curricular commitments. I am dedicated to the communities I take part in, and strive to improve them each day through direct action and legislative advocacy. To me, being a woman for others means leading by example, and acting with authenticity, integrity, and determination.
How do you feel about being Jesuit's first-ever Rose Festival Princess?
It is truly an honor to be Jesuit's first-ever Rose Festival Princess. When I found out that I was the first person to apply, and the first to be selected, I felt surprised and excited. I am grateful to all of the Jesuit faculty who have supported me throughout the application process, especially JHS counselor Mr. Barry. I hope that I can successfully represent Jesuit's values of justice, love, and service through this role.
What makes you most excited about being a Rose Festival Princess/what Rose Festival event are you looking forward to?
I am most excited for the opportunity to represent my various communities through this position, and to inspire others to engage in service and community engagement. This year's theme, Rose City Reunion, is an important reminder to me of our community's resilience and collective strength. Although I love each of the events, I am most looking forward to the Starlight Parade, which is both a symbolic and physical representation that light overcomes darkness.