Search for Rose candidates underway

The Northern Ohio Rose Centre extends warm holiday wishes as it launches its campaign for 2014 Ohio Rose selection participants. Photo courtesy of the Northern Ohio Rose Centre

‘Tis surely December when wee folk look skyward to catch a glimpse of Santa’s sleigh and Ohio’s “Rose Centre” amps up recruitment of eligible entrants of Irish ancestry for the Northern Ohio Rose Centre’s spring selection event.

The maiden chosen as the “2014 Ohio Rose” receives an expense-paid trip in May to The Rose of Tralee International Festival’s Regional Finals in Portlaoise, Ireland, the second tier of the search for the 2014 International Rose of Tralee. 

In August the festival hosts those who qualify as finalists in Tralee where The Rose of Tralee International Festival is held amid public celebrations, parades and special events.   

Locally and abroad, the Ohio Rose will have the experience of a lifetime while receiving celebrity status. Enjoying the selection process amid friendly competition provides a grand occasion for participants at every level to showcase their poise, warmth, acumen, wit and charm, all attributes reflecting their “beauty within.”

The festival is based on William Pembroke Mulchinook’s ballad “The Rose of Tralee,” a story of unrequited love between the son of wealthy parents and a young maid in their employ. The spirit of the festival embraces the essence of his attraction: Yet 'twas not her beauty alone that won me; Oh no, 'twas the truth in her eyes ever dawning.”

The local Rose selection is the annual fundraiser for Westlake World Partners Co., the non-profit organization supporting educational, cultural and civic exchange between Westlake and its Sister Cities of Tralee, Ireland, and Kingsville, Ontario, Canada.

Those interested in learning more may visit The Rose of Tralee International Festival’s website: where information specific to the Ohio Centre can be found under “Centres,” USA, Ohio. The Northern Ohio application packet contains detailed instructions and requirements. It is also available on the “Northern Ohio Rose” Facebook page as are Rose Centre updates. Applications for the April 25, 2014, local Rose selection event at LaCentre must be received by March 21, 2014.    

“What’s up” with the recent Ohio Roses you may ask?   

Bridget Linton, 2011 Ohio Rose who graduated from The University of Akron in mass communications and sports management, was co-emcee for last year’s selection and is thrilled to have been chosen as the newest Fox Sports Ohio Girl!

Ashley Speaker, 2012 Ohio Rose, is pursuing a master’s degree at Ashland University and is an active volunteer for the Northern Ohio Rose Centre where her contributions are significant.

Kelsey Higgins, 2013 Ohio Rose, a senior at Ohio University, is among this year’s Roses invited to join a Festival delegation to visit the Vesnova Children’s Mental Asylum in Belarus. She is more than halfway toward meeting her fundraising goal for her February trip.  

Annie Dunn, 2009 Ohio Rose (selected prior to the Northern Ohio Rose Centre’s formation) is a local Sherwin-Williams store manager who has volunteered for every Northern Ohio Rose Centre’s selection event.

Jingle jingle, might the sleigh man with the rosy cheeks send a Rose our way? Might you?  

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:51 AM, 12.10.2013