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DeKalb County woman named as float judge for Rose Parade – WREX-TV

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MALTA, Ill. (WREX) — An associate professor at Kishwaukee College has been named as one of three float judges for the 133rd Rose Parade at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses! 
Kishwaukee College announced Janet Gallagher, AIFD and an associate professor at the college, was named a float judge for the parade. 
The Rose Parade, along with the annual Rose Bowl football game, is part of the annual Tournament of Roses celebration on New Year’s Day.
In February 2020, a representative from the Tournament of Roses reached out to Gallagher to ask if she would be interested in being a judge for the Rose Parade. Gallagher said a committee does independent fact-finding to explore potential candidates for the judge positions.
Gallagher says her selection still came as a surprise. 
“You can’t apply. You aren’t nominated. There is a search committee that researches and selects candidates,” Gallagher said. “It’s humbling. How do they find an instructor from little Malta, Ill.?”
The college says Gallagher has lengthy credentials in floral design that help her stand out, including educating her students with real-world demonstrations of the floral industry. 
Gallagher’s students create unique floral arrangements that often support local events like the annual Kishwaukee College Foundation Gala, according to the college.
Kish students have received national recognition through events like the American Institute of Floral Design (AIFD) National Symposium.
Gallagher has been actively involved in the floral industry for 34 years. In the private sector, Gallagher is the founder and CEO of Designs by Janet — a special events floral company. She has been a member of the AIFD for 18 years, where she has served as both the National Education Chair and the National Student Chapter chair.
Floral displays created by Gallagher have appeared in various high-profile places and events throughout her career, from the Ellwood House in DeKalb to the White House in Washington D.C.
“I am really honored to be selected. It shows how broad this industry is, and if you stay consistent and involved in your profession, it can really pay off,” Gallagher said. “Our everyday things can seem very ordinary. But if you do them well and go that extra mile, you can turn it into something extraordinary.”
The 133rd Rose Parade will begin at 10 am Central time on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
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Andy Carrigan is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager at WREX. He joined the 13 WREX team as a photographer in 2016 after graduating from Northern Illinois University.
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