OBF Princesses: The Ladies in Red

Four Lindsay High School seniors have been chosen to serve as attendants for the 2004 Lindsay Orange Blossom Festival royal court.

These young ladies were singled out for their academic accomplishments, as well as community involvement. The court will be presented to the community at the Queen's Coronation at 4 p.m. on April 17 at Sweet Brier Plaza. The public is invited to attend. They will spend the next week visiting schools, service clubs and having media interviews. The Orange Blossom Parade, which is the highlight of this event, will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 24 on South Mirage Avenue.

JULIE ANA DIAZ: Seventeen-year-old Julie Ana is the only child of Lino and Priscilla Diaz. She is a lifelong resident of Lindsay and is very active both in the community and school.

Her activities began in 1995 as an altar server at Sacred Heart Church. It was at Lincoln Elementary School that she learned to play the flute. She participated with the band through junior high. She has played a big part in the Lindsay Community Theater, playing in the orchestra and participating in several plays including "The King and I" and "Novio Boy."

At Lindsay High School Julie Ana is active in Key Club which she said has been the most meaningful experience in her life, by collecting canned food for the needy and planting trees. She is also active in ASB, Drama, Mock Trial, Academic Decathlon, Art Club, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), and MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan). She is a CSF (California Scholastic Federation) life member and President of Key Club.

Her newest adventure is being in the LHS Advanced Guitar Ensemble. She is ranked sixth in her senior class. Her future plans are to attend a UC campus and major in psychology and English composition.

MARCELA ESTRADA: Seventeen-year-old Marcela Estrada is the daughter of Evarardo and Fabiola Estrada. She was born and raised in Lindsay and has one younger sister, Danelia.

Marcela has strived to be as active as possible in her community and at Lindsay High School. Keeping up her grades has been a priority. She is currently ranked third in her class, taking AP classes throughout high school and maintaining a 4.0 GPA, as well as being a lifetime member of CSF.

Her activities while at LHS include Future Farmers of America. She has attended two state conventions and one national convention in Kentucky. She has served on the Tulare Junior Fair Board. Her junior year she was elected chapter president and received her FFA State Degree, the highest degree bestowed on an FFA member in high school. She was a member of the varsity tennis team and was elected captain her senior year. Currently she is a member of Teens With a Future and has helped coach PeeWee basketball for two years. She also was a student pool worker this past year, an experience she thoroughly enjoyed.

Marcela plans to attend UCLA or UCSB and she plans to major in psychology.

DANIELA RANGEL: The oldest daughter of Jesus and Virginia Rangel, Daniela was born in Mexico and came to Lindsay when she was 4 years old. Being the oldest, she strives to be the best person and role model for her two siblings, Ariana and Jesus, Jr. Taking advantage of summer programs like leadership conferences at UCLA and CSU Sacramento, as well as participating in the AAUW

Girls in Math and Science programs, Daniela continues to challenge herself in the classroom, taking AP and Honors courses. She has held offices in Key Club, FFA, French Club and Friday Night Live. She also participates in CSF, Mock Trial, Academic Decathlon and the Prom Committee. Daniela is currently ranked second at LHS. She aspires to become a medical doctor. Taking Certified Nurses Assistant classes has helped her to confirm her decision to enter the medical field. She plans to attend UCLA and hopefully return to Lindsay and practice medicine.

LAURA JIMENEZ: Born and raised in Lindsay, Laura is the daughter of Pedro and Maria Jimenez. She feels being raised in Lindsay has given her the opportunities to grow as an individual and be the person she is today.

Laura has been extremely active at Lindsay High School. She has participated in FFA all four years at LHS. She received the FFA

Green Hand Award along with the FFA State Degree Award. She enjoys raising lambs and served as chapter reporter. Laura has been an avid soccer player for four years while at LHS. She belongs to a traveling team and has received the Golden Boot Award. She has given back to the community by being an assistant coach for the local youth soccer league. She also participates in Mock Trial as bailiff, Art Club, Key Club, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), Student Council and was a SCICON (Clemmie Gill School of Science and Conservation) counselor. Laura currently maintains a 3.89 GPA and has participated in a summer bridge program at UC Santa Cruz. She enjoys spending time and participating in her youth group at Sacred Heart Church. Laura's future plans include attending UC Santa Cruz and becoming a dentist.

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