Gamma Phi Beta wrote -
I am a University of Washington freshman, Santa Barbara native, loving sister and daughter, flamenco dancer, and most recently, a proud member of Gamma Phi Beta. This year I have been elected the Miss Greek representative of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and am beyond thrilled to compete, fundraise and perform my talent in front of 1,000 guests this April!
I attended Marymount of Santa Barbara Elementary and Middle School where I was awarded “Distinguished Alum” post-graduation in 2014. I went on to attend Santa Barbara High School where I cheered competitively for four years and brought home two National Championships. My senior year I was selected as captain to lead the varsity cheer and song team. I was also a part of the Associated Student Body for two years, serving as Junior Class Treasurer and Executive Vice President. I graduated this past spring as a “Distinguished Don,” an honor awarded by teachers to select graduating students who exhibit scholastic achievement and embody the school’s core values.
From the age of four, I have been dancing flamenco with the Linda Vega Dance Studio. We perform for various retirement and assisted living homes as well as in Santa Barbara’s annual “Old Spanish Days Fiesta”. This is a ninety-one year old festival that celebrates my community’s Hispanic history, culture, spirit, and traditions. Each year, two dancers are selected to represent Santa Barbara as the city’s cultural ambassadors. In the months leading up to, and during the week long festival, I performed, spoke, and upheld the image of Old Spanish Days for the people of Santa Barbara and all those who visit. I was awarded Jr. Spirit of Fiesta in 2009, and Spirit of Fiesta in 2014. As a member of this dance studio, I am also involved in the “A Compas” non-profit organization that fundraises to provide scholarships for those who cannot afford classes. Our goal is to ensure that all young people in the community have an equal opportunity to learn and experience the art of flamenco and gain a sense of family within the studio and community at large. For this year’s Miss Greek competition, I will be performing a flamenco piece as a tribute to my dance mentor and all others who are dealing with or have overcome cancer.