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 Applications for 2017 Royal Court Now Open!


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Continuing a proud 66-year tradition, the Junior Orange Bowl has begun its search for the 2017-2018 Royal Court. The search for four young ladies, ages 9 to 14, to represent the Junior Orange Bowl as goodwill ambassadors for the upcoming Festival Season will end with a new Royal Court being crowned at the Finals on August 26, 2017.

The Royal Court encourages and empowers the young ladies that participate to become future leaders and role models in the community. The Royal Court girls are chosen based on personality, poise, and the desire to be involved in their community. All girls that participate in the search will be invited to the “Queen’s Dynasty Ball” on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

“My passion to serve our community was ignited at 13 years old when I became the 1986 Junior Orange Bowl Queen. It gives me a great sense of achievement, joy, and humility to go full circle, from participant to leading this great organization as President.” said Michelle Benitez-Bermudez, Junior Orange Bowl President and former Royal Court Queen.

This festival season also welcomes a new Royal Court Chair and past participant, Luisaura Alvarez, who stated “The Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court empowered me in my career and personal life; I’m confident it will continue to have a positive impact on young women for years to come.”

The queen, princesses, and little sister will also ride on the Royal Court Float at the organization’s marquee event, the 69th Junior Orange Bowl Parade down Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables on November 26, 2017. The Royal Court application is now open and available at www.jrorangebowl.org/royal-court.

The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is possible with the support of our Festival Presenting Sponsor the Orange Bowl, as well as our Festival Sponsors the City of Coral Gables, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Badia Spices, Inc., Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council. The Junior Orange Bowl Committee Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the community of South Florida and the youth of the world by providing opportunities for wholesome, competitive and multicultural experiences.

The Junior Orange Bowl is best known for hosting more than 7,500 youth participants in 15 athletic, academic, and cultural events throughout the year. Some Junior Orange Bowl highlights for the 2017-2018 season are the addition of the Photography Competition, which will take place on February 11 at the Coral Gables Museum and the 4th Annual Gala, which will be on Saturday, March 17, 2018. For information on all Junior Orange Bowl events visit www.jrorangebowl.org.

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