Emilie Jones, a junior at Minarets High School, will ride on the Kiwanis Float during the Rose Parade Jan. 1.
Daughter of Michael and Denise Jones, Emilie is vice president of the Minarets Key Club and an active cross country captain, and said she is very excited for the opportunity.
Jones was one of four selected from 37 submissions, for a cheerful short essay where she described practicing her parade wave for more than five miles.
“I am ecstatic for the opportunity to ride on the Kiwanis International Rose Float,” Jones wrote. “In hope that I’m chosen, I have already begun to prepare for this one in a lifetime experience.
“I have practiced my parade wave with a cheery smile for 5.5 miles. I’ve ensured that I am not allergic to flowers, horses, or high school marching bands. My mother, who’s dying to go to a Rose Parade, sees this chance through ‘Rose’-colored glasses, and has already booked our accommodations.
“Lastly, I’m eager to mark this off my bucket list, and to have this thrilling story to tell my future children and grandchildren. This will be an experience I’ll treasure for a lifetime!”
With hopes for a career in physical therapy, Jones will wear medical scrubs as she waves to thousands in the audience.