2017 OBF Queen
Quote from this year's Orange Blossom Festival Queen, Miss Kassandra Gutierrez, "Being chosen to represent my hometown of Lindsay is a humbling and great honor"
Queen Kassandra was born and raised in Lindsay surrounded by oranges; she has traveled through Europe and Africa, touching the lives she has encountered throughout the world. Her parents are Shanna Lemus and Mario Gutierrez and she has two sisters, Aimme, a student at Fresno State, and Allondra Gutierrez a student at Wilson Middle School, and has more family members living in Lindsay than probably anyone else!
Her family immigrated to the United States from Mexico where they chose to settle in Lindsay and Tonyville. They came as farm workers but with determination and hard work became teachers and Lindsay's business owners, dedicating their time and talents to the community of Lindsay.
Kassandra is extremely proud of her parents. Her father has taught her all about the orange and olive businesses, and what it takes to be an owner of a farm labor contracting business. Her mom has taught in the Lindsay School District for 14 years, emphasizing to her students and daughters the importance of being proud and supportive of your community. For the last 10 years her mom has gathered her students to participate in the Orange Blossom Festival Parade.
As a student of Lindsay School District from kindergarten through high school, "Kass" as she is known, was one to always be upfront and take on leadership roles, even in grammar school. While a student at Lindsay High School she enjoyed participating in sports such as volleyball, soccer, cheerleading, and softball. She was also involved in many clubs where she excelled in her leadership skills. She was a member of ASB as Treasurer, French Club, President of Key Club, Block L, CSF, Link Crew, played the part of Frenchy in LHS production of Grease, and is currently in the Oklahoma cast.
Kass graduated from Lindsay High School in 2012, and attended UC Santa Barbara. She found herself participating in radio and television during her junior year. She has great memories of interviewing such celebrities as Jennifer Aniston and Jason Hall, as well as conducting eye-opening interviews with Middle East social activist. All this while finding her love for middle east music and pursued a minor in ethnomusicology. During her senior year at UC Santa Barbara she spent a summer abroad in Africa and then lived and traveled around Europe for a semester. In Africa, she lived in Kenya at a Children's home, where she taught physical education, art classes, and some creative writing. At the end of her mission trip at Seeds in His Garden, she left behind a curriculum that is still being used today. Right after Africa, Kass left to Paris to study French, the History of Paris, and Parisian Literature. She worked as an English Tutor for Eveil Bilingue. When her program ended, she traveled around Europe for a couple of weeks and then moved back to Santa Barbara, where she continued working for KCSB Radio as a news reporter and was an assistant sound technician for the university's music department. She had the honor to be a student of a Middle East activist, in whose class she produced a short documentary "Trees Die Standing", based on a story of a Syrian Refugee woman, activist, and painter. After graduating from Santa Barbara with a degree in Film and Media Studies, Kass returned home to Lindsay, where she is currently working as a substitute teacher and is serving on the Lindsay Community Theater board. She plans to attend graduate school to continue her studies in Media, where she would like to work on humanitarian or driven projects.
A quote from our Queen, "I hope to inspire people to travel, and not be afraid to see the world. Lindsay will always be home and a place to come back to."