On March 7, Ermina Kariuki was crowned Jefferson High School’s 2017 Rose Festival princess during a ceremony at the Humboldt neighborhood school. The other members of the court were Autumn Meier, Katelynn Barton and Jordyn Mejia. Born in Kenya, Kariuki is the daughter of John Gichuki and Joana Kariuki. The high school senior hopes to become a pediatrician.
“I’ve been involved in the biotech program – a middle-college program at Self Enhancement – and I am on the honor roll,” said Kariuki. “I participated in the On Track OHSU! program and I’m active in track and field. I like spending time outdoors and I have a really deep passion for running. I also enjoy connecting with and helping others.”
The downtown waterfront is one of Kariuki’s favorite places in Portland.
“There’s a nice path on the waterfront and a lot of diversity there,” said Kariuki. “There are so many different events that I can always find something to do. I have nice memories of bike riding, eating different foods, spending time with family and friends and just enjoying being outside on the waterfront.”
Kariuki’s favorite Rose Festival event is the Starlight Run.
I ran in the Starlight Run my seventh and eighth grade years,” said Kariuki. “It brings a great sense of community and encouragement from people who are in and out of the run. It’s a good way to be healthy both physically and socially.”
Kariuki’s mentor from Unitus Community Credit Union is Shannon Berglund.