Seniors Charlie Gleeson and David Putnam will represent South Pasadena High School as Student Ambassadors in the Pasadena Rose Parade this January.
The seniors are two of 36 local high school students who will serve as volunteers in the logistical process of planning the parade and the events that precede it. The tradition of picking students to orchestrate the events began in 1998, and is organized by the Student Ambassadors Committee.
“My dad is part of the judging committee for the parade floats, so that connection has brought us closer,” said Putnam. “That is the best part about this program for me.”
SPHS teachers nominated several seniors for the position, and ASB advisor Casey Shotwell selected the two most worthy students.
“They must be outgoing, articulate, responsible, and open to new experiences,” said Shotwell.
Gleeson and Putnam will spend the two weeks prior to the parade volunteering at a variety of events, including EquestFest and BandFest, both of which raise funds for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Their duties on the day of the parade include answering questions, ushering attendees, and walking with the floats.
Photo by: Anastasia Velicescu