Soon-to-be Sunnyside High School junior Melina Gonzalez is into sports and music, not pageants. So it's surprising that she is running for the 2010-11 title of Miss Sunnyside.
"I've always been curious and wanted to give it a try," she said. "I thought it would be a good way to bond with my mom."
The daughter of Ramona Alvarez and Iasias Gonzalez says making her parents proud of her and being able to make a difference in the community are the driving forces behind her decision to seek the title. She also believes serving as Miss Sunnyside will better prepare her for college in the future.
Gonzalez is a three-sport athlete, playing soccer, basketball and running track. She played a little bit of volleyball in middle school but had to give that up when she reached high school due to soccer being played at the same time.
"Soccer is my favorite sport," she said. "I play it all year long."
In track she runs hurdles and competes in the long jump and is a wing/point guard on the basketball team.
Gonzalez believes she would be perfect for Miss Sunnyside because of how responsible she is.
"I take things pretty seriously," she said. "I feel I can help the community a lot."
One of her strengths is listening and Gonzalez said she will do just that for students so their voices can be heard.
She plans on promoting the Sunnyside Museum as her community project. Part of that will be organizing events for area youth and students. She wants to spark an interest in history for young students so they will grow up being interested in it.
For her talent in the pageant Gonzalez will be playing the piano. She will perform River Flows in You, by Yiruma.
In high school Gonzalez likes English, construction, science and math (a little bit).
"I'm planning on taking forensics this year," she said. "I think that will be very interesting."
She hopes to one day earn her Bachelor's degree in law and a Master's degree in literature.
"I love to read books and would like to write one someday," she added.
Gonzalez admits she is a shy person and will have to step out of her box if she is named to the court.
"I will have to overcome my shyness a lot quicker than I usually do," she said. "But I believe I can do that.