History was made June 18 when Lilianna Rosebrook became the second woman in her family to become Rose Festival queen. Rosebrook, a senior at Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton, follows in her mother’s footsteps. Her mother, Deanna Connell, represented St. Mary’s Academy when she received the honor in 1989.

Rosebrook looks back fondly on walking with her family through the International Rose Test Garden in Portland’s Washington Park, stopping to visit Connell’s plaque on the Queens Walk.

“This is incredible. It’s crazy that my fantasy and my dream has become a reality. It’s really just a real-life fairy tale,” Rosebrook said after placing her own plaque on the International Test Rose Garden’s Queen Walk.

Rosebrook plans to study chemical engineering before pursuing medicine. She has volunteered as a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is a member of the National Honor Society.

The Rose Festival queen serves for a year and will represent the Rose Festival at special events and appearances throughout the region.

“When you come to the Rose Festival, you make a memory. And when you make a memory, you start a tradition,” said Rosebrook after being crowned queen. “Rose Festival traditions have evolved over 114 years. And with the support of the community, they will continue to inspire us with hope for many, many more.”