A Central Catholic senior whose proudest high school accomplishment is helping lead a junior retreat has been chosen as her school's Rose Festival princess for 2014.
Theresa Galati, daughter of Christopher and Catherine Galati, this year led 80 juniors on a weekend of spiritual growth called Search.
"I felt very fortunate and humbled to have the opportunity to embark as a leader and once again experience the excitement and tears that Search brings," Galati says.
Galati plans to attend Creighton University or Oregon State University to pursue a career as a physician assistant. At Central Catholic, she has been a peer mediator, school ambassador, Math Festival volunteer, Community Time leader, Eucharistic minister and honor roll member. She received an Archbishop Vlazny Christian Leadership and Service Scholarship.
Galati is a competitive gymnast at Multnomah Athletic Club and enjoys knitting, baking, cooking, volunteering and spending time with friends and family.
Asked about her favorite Portland place, she says the Hawthorne District has made "a heartwarming impact" on her life.
"I enjoy walking around with friends and meeting new people in such a welcoming area," Galati says. "I enjoy supporting the small businesses and getting to know the friendly shop owners."
Her favorite Rose Festival event is the Grand Floral Parade.
"When I was a little girl, I remember sitting on the sidewalk playing with chalk while watching all the floats and people pass by," she says.
During the naming ceremony, students also paid tribute to Jake Parkhurst, a junior who died earlier this week of suspected meningococcal disease. They wore red in honor of Parkhurst's beloved Boston Red Sox and signed a poster board with memories of their schoolmate.