Miss Cinco De Mayo 2018
 

Tiara Vallejo

Miss Cinco De Mayo 2018

MEET THE CANDIDATES

Left to right: Carmen Torres, Michelle Martinez, Valeria Fuentes, Vanessa Garduza, Alexandra Martinez, Victoria Esteves, Tiara Vallejo and Ashley Davis

Ashley Danielle Davis

Please meet Ashley Denielle Davis, a candidate for Miss Cinco de Mayo 2018. Ashley is from Houston but has lived in Diboll since the seventh-grade. She is the daughter of Brian and Malaya Davis and is a senior at Diboll High School. Ashley has been involved in various community projects and has volunteered for many fundraising events with the Diboll Marching Band, Spanish Club, Student Council and Project Graduation 2018. She volunteers time and effort with helping the community every chance she can. Ashley is the Treasurer of the Diboll Marching Band and has been a Diboll Twirler for 4 years. She also played volleyball and softball her freshman and sophomore years in high school. She has also started dual-credit college classes at Angelina College her junior year. Ashley loves music and singing. Her plans are to attend Stephen F. Austin to become a Child Psychologist. 

Below are answers to questions we asked each candidate:

Why did you decide to run for Miss Cinco de Mayo:
“I decided to run for Miss Cinco De Mayo because I am very eager to make my dreams of becoming a Child Psychologist happen. I love children and science in the counseling/development fields and want to help them in their lives psychologically. It gives me a way to work towards a goal for my own future.”

 

Who do you look up to or who motivates you to reach your goals:
“I look up to my father Brian Davis. He was a police officer when I was very young and he amazes me everyday. He is so brave and puts his family first. He taught me how to break through any and every obstacle life throws at me. He has helped me become the confident and intelligent young woman I am today. Thus, leading into my goals to help children all around me become greater citizens and to make them believe in themselves.”

 

What do you want to tell the community about your goal for becoming Miss Cinco de Mayo:
“I want to tell the community that my goal for becoming Miss Cinco De Mayo will be a long journey. I will have long days and lots of effort being put into this. This is for my future and to help myself get into a good college and reach my goals. College is the number one thing on my goal list. I love getting out of my comfort zone and interacting with the community. It teaches moral and character to them. I hope to spread kindness and love through my community in this amazing opportunity to run for a chance to help my future.”

You can support Ashley by purchasing raffle tickets, buying plate lunches, or donating items for events she has planned. You can also visit her Facebook page for updates on events she has planned. If you are supporting Ashley please share this with others so she can achieve her goal.

Alexandra Marie Martinez

Please meet Alexandra Marie Martinez, a candidate for Miss Cinco de Mayo 2018. Alexandra is from Diboll, TX and the daughter of Hugo Antonio Martinez-Morales. Alexandra volunteers with her youth group at church by participating in food drives, cleaning neighbors houses and yards, and overall spreading the love of Jesus. Alexandra played volleyball for six years and is involved in multiple clubs at school. Her hobbies include singing at church, participating in extracurricular activities and hanging out with friends and family. Alexandra will be attending college and majoring in business and minor in mathematics.

Below are answers to questions we asked each candidate:

 

Why did you decide to run for Miss Cinco de Mayo:
“I decided to run for Miss Cinco de Mayo this year because this is an opportunity to be not just a role model for my younger sister, but for younger girls in the community. My friends have told me that I am a leader and this is an amazing opportunity to show other girls to step out of their comfort zone and do something great.”

 

Who do you look up to or who motivates you to reach your goals:
“My motivation in life is most definitely my sister. I try my best to help her succeed in life and through that, I am satisfied. Also, I could not have gotten where I am today if I had not have found the love of Jesus Christ.

My faith has indefinitely stimulated me to be the best that I can be and do all things for him.”

 

What do you want to tell the community about your goal for becoming Miss Cinco de Mayo:
“If I could say one thing to the community it would be to always chase your dreams no matter how great they are because you never know how far you may get in life just by following your heart and to never lose sight of Jesus.”

 

You can support Alexandra by purchasing raffle tickets, buying plate lunches, or donating items for events she has planned. You can also visit her Facebook page or this page for updates on events she has planned. If you are supporting Alexandra please share this with others so she can achieve her goal

Carmen Torres

Please meet Carmen Torres, a candidate for Miss Cinco de Mayo 2018. Carmen is from Lufkin, TX and is the daughter of Mario Torres. Carmen is involved in school with the FCCLA club, which finds ways to help out in the community doing toy drives and canned food drives. Carmen plans to attend Angelina College and get her radiology degree and then transfer to a university to get her bachelors in nursing.

Below are answers to questions we asked each candidate:

 

Why did you decide to run for Miss Cinco de Mayo:
“I live with my dad and my younger sister, so we do not have the income other families with two parents get. My dad works hard and I know he would be proud if I won and able to help with college. He is my biggest support for the last nine years and I think I owe it to him to get an education. I am doing this to make my dad proud.”

 

Who do you look up to or who motivates you to reach your goals:
“I look up to my dad, my uncle, and my cousins. I think they all push me to be a better me so I can get far in life. My dad and uncle are hardworking and have taught me to work for the things I want. My cousins Francisco, Fidel and Diana, all have successful careers and I strive to be like them. I look up to them more since they have degrees in their fields.”

 

What do you want to tell the community about your goal for becoming Miss Cinco de Mayo:
“I just want to represent my family as best as I can. I am not the first to attend college but I want to join my cousins in their successes. I want kids that are like me with only one parent to know that there is help from people in the community.”

 

You can support Carmen by purchasing raffle tickets, buying plate lunches or donating items for events she has planned. You can also visit her Facebook page or this page for updates on events she has planned. If you are supporting Carmen please share this with others so she can achieve her goal.

Michelle Martinez

Please meet Michelle Martinez, a candidate for Miss Cinco de Mayo 2018. Michelle is the daughter of Jose Martinez and Maria Alcocer. Throughout high school Michelle’s hobbies and activities included IGNITE Mentor, Communities in Schools, Teacher Cadet, Drill Team Manager, National Honor Society, Key Club and Pan American Student Forum. Michelle has also volunteered in the community in events such as the dinner at Brandon Community Center, Breakfast with Santa, Hampton Hotel with Hurricane Harvey Refugees and many more. Michelle will attend Stephen F. Austin University and major in Interdisciplinary Studies in the department of Elementary Education. Her goal is to become a fourth grade math teacher and not only teach students but also inspire them to strive for their best

Below are answers to questions we asked each candidate:

 

Why did you decide to run for Miss Cinco de Mayo:
“Running for Miss Cinco de Mayo allows me to get more involved with the community and gives me the opportunity to set a good example for all the young ladies that want to participate one day.”

 

Who do you look up to or who motivates you to reach your goals:
“I have definitely always looked up to my parents, they motivate and give me the inspiration to work hard for what I desire. Having them by my side supporting me has been one of the main reasons for me to continue to strive for my goals.”

 

What do you want to tell the community about your goal for becoming Miss Cinco de Mayo:
“It would be an honor to become a role model and inspire girls to make a difference, so that we can change the worlds perspective on women. In advance I would like to thank everyone in the community for supporting me.”

 

You can support Michelle by purchasing raffle tickets, buying plate lunches or donating items for events she has planned. You can also visit her Facebook page or this page for updates on events she has planned. If you are supporting Michelle please share this with other so she can achieve her goal.

Tiara Vallejo

Please meet Tiara Vallejo, a candidate for Miss Cinco de Mayo 2018. Tiara is the daughter of Nashiely Vallejo and Octavio De La Torre. Tiara is the the President of the PASF organization at her school, the secretary for the FCCLA (Family Community Career Leaders of America) in which she competed and received 1st place in her catergory and will be competing at the state level. She has also volunteered at the Cinco de Mayo festival in previous years and is involved in other volunteer work around the community. Tiara plans to attend Stephen F. Austin and major in Elementary Education and minor in Spanish.

Below are the answer to questions we asked each of the candidates.

 

Why did you decide to run for Miss Cinco de Mayo:
"I decided to become a candidate because this is a very great opportunity for me to go out in the community and provide some fun and be an example for other young girls out there."

Who do you look up to or who motivates you to reach your goals:
"I look up to two people and they are my mother and my aunt. Both of them are wonderful women that have transformed me into the person I am today."

What do you want to tell the community about your goal for becoming Miss Cinco de Mayo:
"I would like to set an example for other young girls so they can one day do the same as I am now and realize how big of an opportunity this is."

You can support Tiara by purchasing raffle tickets, buying plate lunches or donating items for events she has planned. You can also visit her Facebook page or this page for updates on events she has planned. If you are supporting Tiara please share this with others so she can achieve her goal.

Valeria Rodriguez Feuntes

Please meet Valeria Rodriguez Fuentes, a candidate for Miss Cinco de Mayo 2018. Valeria is the daughter of Cynthia Fuentes Heredia. Valeria is involved in organizations such as the National Honor Society, Student Council and Interact Club. She is also involved with Model United Nations, Debate, Mock Trial and the University Interscholastic League. Valeria feels that being involved with her school and community has helped her go outside of her bubble and acknowledge the fact that there are people who struggle not only financially but mentally. This has also helped her see that anyone can have struggles whether it be a single mother across the county or people you might know in your community. Valeria has been accepted by three prestigious universities and is leaning towards attending University of Texas at Austin where she has been accepted into the College of natural science. She plans on getting her bachelors of Science and attend medical school, then she wants to use her degree to help in her community.

 

Below are answers to questions we asked each candidate:

 

Why did you decide to run for Miss Cinco de Mayo:
“Running for Miss Cinco de Mayo is something that will not only benefit myself, but can hopefully be an example to the young women in my community to express themselves to become independent young ladies.”

 

Who do you look up to or who motivates you to reach your goals:
“I admire my mother very much so I know that I owe it to her to work as hard as I can. Not only is she an emotionally strong individual but also she is very intelligent. I aim to make my mom proud of the woman I will soon become.”

 

What do you want to tell the community about your goal for becoming Miss Cinco de Mayo:
“I hope to make my community proud by expressing my love for volunteering. This event is a great way to push young women in our community to become leaders and to take the initiative to pave their own path.”

 

You can support Valeria by purchasing raffle tickets, buying plate lunches or donating items for events she has planned. You can also visit her Facebook page or this page for updates on events she has planned. If you are supporting Valeria please share this with others so she can achieve her goal.

Vanessa Yazmin Garduza

Please meet Vanessa Yazmin Garduza, a candidate for Miss Cinco de Mayo 2018. Vanessa is from Nacogdoches and is the daughter of Rosalinda Sosa. She is very active in school and outside of school. Vanessa is an athletic trainer for football, basketball, soccer, baseball and softball. She loves running so she runs for track and cross-country. She loves helping out in the community and has volunteered at The Precious Life Cycle by organizing parties for the foster kids and with toys for tots. Vanessa is currently a member of Early College High School and has been taking dual credit classes at SFA since her freshman year. She will continue her education at University of Houston, SFA or University of San Antonio. Wherever she goes her goal is to become an athletic trainer and eventually go into medicine. Her long time goal is “to show people and be an example that no matter in what circumstances you are in you can achieve what you want.”

 

Below are the answers to questions we asked each candidate:

 

Why did you decide to run for Miss Cinco de Mayo:
“I would like to become Miss Cinco de Mayo to represent not only my family and friends but my community as a whole. I want to help students that want to pursue a higher education beyond high school. In our Hispanic community it is hard to attend college however it is not impossible and I want to help them expand their resources and aid them.”

 

Who do you look up to or who motivates you to reach your goals:
“There are three important people that have helped me and motivated me to keep going and achieving my goals; my mother, Ms. Debra and Brian Trott the athletic Trainer at Nacogdoches High School. I have learned that no matter how hard life gets you have to hold your head high and keep going. I have also learned that everyone has a purpose in life, it might be insignificant to some but it is significant to you.”

 

What do you want to tell the community about your goal for becoming Miss Cinco de Mayo:
“I will do anything possible to become Miss Cinco de Mayo. My family and friends will help me with this and I will also need the community’s help to represent and potentially win Miss Cinco de Mayo. If I become Miss Cinco de Mayo I will make sure that I am attentive in the community and I will not let them down.”

 

You can support Vanessa by purchasing raffle tickets, buying plate lunches or donating items for events she has planned. You can also visit her Facebook page or this page for updates on events she has planned. If you are supporting Vanessa share this with others so she can achieve her goal.

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