A 17-year-old high school senior from San Marino who plans to study history in college was chosen Tuesday as queen of the 106th Tournament of Roses parade.
Waiting nervously as a drum roll sounded in the background, Aliya Haque trembled when her name was announced in ceremonies at tournament headquarters in Pasadena. The six other finalists, wearing royal blue dresses and black pumps, besieged her with hugs and kisses as her family shrieked from the sidelines.
Aliya, who attends the private Polytechnic School in Pasadena, accepted a bouquet of red roses. Flanked by her princesses, she posed for a horde of television cameras and photographers.
After competing against 700 young women for the title, she said she was "still very bewildered" to be chosen. "All of the other girls are just as qualified to be queen."