Congratulations to the
Grand Marshal Essay and Parade Theme WinnerThis year the Rowland Heights Buckboard Days Parade and Festival will be on October 20, 2012.
Early this year the Parade Committee made the decision to reach out to high school seniors at Nogales High, Rowland High, Santana, and Southland's Christian School. The task was for them to nominate someone who makes Rowland Heights a better place to live, and then write an essay telling about their nominee, explaining why the person was selected, then giving examples of what the nominee had done to be selected.
The Parade Committee's second request was for theme suggestions for the parade.
CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done go to:
The winning Grand Marshal essay writer was Jasper Luong, Rowland High School senior, who nominated Teacher/ASB Adviser, Leslie Phillips, who does outstanding work for the community. Jasper will receive a $250 prize from the Parade committee;
second place Grand Marshal essay was from Derrick Mar, Rowland High School senior, who nominated teacher/coach, Gordon Hamlow;
third place Grand Marshal essay was from Jian-Sen Wu, Rowland High School senior .who nominated teacher, Kelli Reese.
The committee made the decision to highlight "Educational Institutions" for this year's parade. Dr. Ott (District Superintendent), Leslie Phillips (winning essay nominee for Grand Marshal) and Glenn Duncan (Southland's Christian School) will be symbolizing "Educational Institutions" in Rowland Heights. Because all three students will be away at college on October 20, regretfully, none can be in the parade.
The parade theme selected for this year combined two school suggestions:
“A Diverse Community United in Service”
and will salute role models in our community, who help to make Rowland Heights a wonderful place to work, live, and go to school. This outstanding community event will give everyone the chance to celebrate various schools, youth groups, bands, community clubs and organizations, equestrian units, floats, classic cars, and business contributions to our community.
Teri Malkin was chair of the essay and theme selection committee.
Sue Ann Tai of the Rowland Heights Chinese Association and Lynne Ebenkamp of the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council are co-chairs of the parade this year.