Bernabe, Romero are Fiesta royalty

Leticia Bernabe is the 2012 Guymon Fiesta Queen. The Guymon High School Senior carries a 3.465 grade point. Born in Florida, she spent her elementary years attending school in Guatemala before coming to Guymon during her junior high years.“This is the point in my life when I open my eyes and truly realize who I want to become and what I have to do to achieve it,” says the Queen. She is excited to be named the Fiesta Queen for the honor and for the chance to have a full tuition waiver scholarship at Oklahoma Panhandle State University where she plans to pursue a nursing degree.“The scholarship is a great opportunity to lift my foot and take a step closer to my dreams,” says the well-spoken young lady. “I am poor but I will not let that become a weakness and instead lit it become my greatest strength by working hard until I find myself standing in the hall of fame.”Bernabe has always wanted to be a nurse, but often thought she would never be able to achieve it. “I now realize that anything that is deeply desired can be achieved,” she says. “I realized this when I was in my honors English class as a sophomore, writing a story about a time I cried at school because I did not know English and had no idea of what I was doing. With tears in my eyes I just stared at everyone in the classroom. At that moment it never crossed my mind that three years later I would be sitting in an advanced English class thinking to myself how hard I have worked.”High School Art Instructor Kristy Patterson considered it a privilege to recommend Bernabe for the Fiesta Queen scholarship. “Leticia is currently a Senior enrolled in my Advanced Placement Studio Art Course … and began my program as a promising Freshman art student. She has never disappointed me in her art work or her character.“Leticia is a very talented and kind individual,” continues Patterson in her recommendation letter. “It is not her nature to discuss her life outside my classroom but I have found she speaks volumes in her work. Each and every piece has significance and represents her thoughts and her experiences in very thought provoking ways. While many of my students say they express themselves through their art, Leticia is the true example of that process. Her work is meticulous and she cares deeply about doing her best on every assignment.”Bernabe received her crown from 2011 Fiesta Queen Dalia Estrada at the Fiesta on Sun., Sept. 16, during the afternoon event held downtown.The 2012 Fiesta King is Guymon High School Senior Manuel Romero. Called Manny by his friends and schoolmates, he was born in Boise City and started school at Straight, coming to Guymon in 7th grade. He is carrying a 2.825 grade point average. The honor of being named Fiesta King has a full year tuition waiver scholarship for the upcoming academic year at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell.Romero danced with the Alma Folklorica troupe his first three years of high school, he participated in Upward Bound for four years, was a part of the Alma group named Main Street Guymon Volunteers of the Year in 2011, has been a Main Street volunteer for two years, is a current member of Family and Community and Career Leaders of America, was a member of HALO (Hispanic American Leadership Organization) his 7th through 10th grades, and is a member of the Hispanic First Baptist Church. He has been an employee at Mr. Burger for over a year.“Manny has been a student of mine since he was a freshman at Guymon High School,” wrote Kay Brune. “It has been a joy to see him grow and change into a competent and caring young adult. He has an excellent work ethic and cares about his grades. He can be counted on to help when help is needed and willingly helps other class members when they are in need.”Romero, in his King application, wrote, “I want to be able to help people who need it. My plan is to go on to medical school and become a doctor. Attending and graduating from college and medical school are steps for me to accomplish, becoming successful and being able to help people in a very important way. Being successful to me is making my family, my community, and myself proud of what I do and who I am.”Romero is the son of Fernando and Ana Romero, who were in attendance at the Sept. 16 Guymon Fiesta in downtown Guymon. The fiesta is a City of Guymon event and is in its 15th year. The event planner and coordinator is Soila Avalos Medina.