Diana Reynaga thrived gowing up in Woodlake. Since she began attending Woodlake High School she has found ways to volunteer at her school, give back to her community and find a career path that will allow her to help people throughout her life.
And last week, Reynaga found a new way to help her community after being crowned as the 2012 Miss Woodlake during a coronation ceremony Jan. 8 at Woodlake City Hall.
“I like the idea of being Miss Woodlake,” Reynaga said. “It will be a great experience and a new way to get involved in the community. I hope I can help people around me to be more positive.”
The Woodlake High School senior has lived in Woodlake all her life and is very involved in her school and her community. At WHS, Reynaga is the vice president of Interact, sponsored by the Woodlake Rotary, is a member of Key Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. She is also a member of Roots and Shoots, a volunteer group which does garden clean-ups and talks about environmental issues, and runs the 800 meter for the Tiger track team.
“I enjoy getting to know people, because in a small town you have an opportunity to know everyone,” Reynaga said.
In her free time, Reynaga enjoys playing soccer with friends. She also coaches AYSO soccer. She is also treasurer/secretary of Tiger Fusion, a club where students volunteer their time in the school’s special education classes to interact more with students with disabilities. Helping others is something Reynaga enjoys and is planning to make a career out of it. Reynaga said she plans to attend college in Northern California where she will study psychology.
“The way the mind works really caught my attention,” she said. “I hope I can help people heal and be a positive influence in their lives rather than them focusing on a negative environment.”
As Miss Woodlake, Reynaga will receive a $500 scholarship and will represent the city at various events throughout the year, such as the Woodlake Rodeo Parade.
This is the second time Woodlake has crowned a Miss Woodlake. Rachel Lira, who helped coordinate the community contest for the Woodlake Valley Chamber of Commerce, said the first Miss Woodlake was announced in May of 2011. The 2012 contest called for applicants last November.
“We are just starting this and hope it becomes an annual tradition,” Lira said.
Lira said applicants must be sponsored by a local business, a senior at Woodlake High School and have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Applicants must do a verbal presentation of 8 to 10 minutes and write an essay describing their talents, community involvement, plans after graduation and other contributions to the community.