Name: Gabriella Reynado.

Parents: Jimmy Garcia Jr. and Blanca Garcia, and Gabriel Reynado.

Education or future plans: My future plans involve getting an interdisciplinary degree in elementary education. I feel that as a teacher I can provide the crucial skills children need to develop physically, emotionally, and intellectually. I also plan to someday become an entrepreneur in the beauty industry. Being a young girl who loves fashion, I believe anything is possible.

Clubs and officer positions: Three-year Alice High school Strutter (2017-current), Student Council Treasurer (current), DECA secretary (current), HOSA (2016-current), Brush Country 4-H (2017-current), Coastal Bend College Trio program (2016-current), Junior Class (2018).

Accomplishment and Honors: My hobby for four-consecutive years has been to participate in beauty pageants. I am proud in how far I’ve come with receiving three titles in one year (Miss Alice Texas 1st runner up 2018, Miss Jim Wells County 2nd runner up 2018 and Miss Corpus Christi Latina 2nd runner up 2018). I had the honor of being “Strutter of the Week” in my junior year. I was also appointed Peoples Choice 2018.

What was the best advice you ever received? Who gave you the advice?: The best advice given to me was from my mother. She once told me to give all I have in everything I do and to never give up. If you have a dream don’t let anyone take it away. The impossible is possible. This advice has stuck with me since then. I love you, mom.

Where do you see yourself in five years: In five years I see myself a graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, I see myself doing what I love, teaching children and pursuing my dream in owning my own business.

If you could change anything about this world what would it be and why?: If I could change anything about this world it would be how poorly animals get treated. Having drive by many dogs, cats, etc breaks my heart. It is proven that there are about 70 million animals in the United States who are “stray animals.” I wish everyone could see the wrong in this and care for their animals. Instead of throwing your animal out I encourage you to take your loving animal to the nearest shelter where it will be cared and treated for the right way.

If you could invite three people to dinner, who would it be and why?: First off, I would invite God because that’s whom I look up to, he’s blessed my life in ways no one else could. I was born on March 28, 2001, and never got to meet my grandfather Pedro Castillo. Unfortunately, he passed away three days later to a massive heart attack. This is the second person I would invite because it would be an honor to get to know the great man everyone talks about. Lastly, I would invite my idol, Selena Quintanilla. Selena is a great role model and someone I’d enjoy meeting, talking and laughing with.

Favorites:

Food: Italian (Olive Garden especially)

Book: The Fault in our Stars (Author - John Green)

Movie: Marley & Me (reminds me of my dog and I)

Town in Texas: Austin, Texas

Vacation spot: Las Vegas, Nevada