2018 OBF Queen

2018 Lindsay Orange Blossom Queen

QUEEN MARIANA GUTIERREZ

Mariana is a lifelong Lindsay resident, born to Leopoldo and Ana Cristina Gutierrez. She is the second eldest of five sisters: Maria Cristina, Adriana, Susana and Liliana. Family and community have always been very important to Mariana. She has garnered her ambition and independence through her strong support system.

While in high school, she was a four-sport student athlete. She participated in varsity volleyball all four years, being selected as captain for three of those seasons. She also played three years of soccer and was on the varsity team and the captain for two of those years. She was part of the first girls' soccer team to win the CIF Central Section Valley Championship for Division V in 2013. Her other two sports were varsity swimming and JV basketball.

Mariana was also very active in extracurricular activities in high school, being a member of the Spanish Honor's Society, AVID, Key Club, Link Crew, Cardinal Letter Club, Adventure Club and a lifetime member of the California State Federation Organization (CSF).

While in college, she continued to be involved as part of the intramural volleyball team at CSU Monterey Bay. Her college clubs included MEChA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Chicano/a Latino/a Graduation Association and the Kinesiology Club. She also volunteered at The Village Project, located in Seaside, where she assisted mentors at local elementary and middle schools. She spent four months volunteering for Christine Marie STAR Riders, an organization where she assisted differently abled riders with therapeutic and recreational horseback riding.

While in Monterey, Mariana worked as a YMCA Camp Counselor for two years. In keeping with her love of soccer, during this time, she enjoyed working with kids 6 and under, teaching them soccer fundamentals.

Her internship was with Community Health Innovations, where she assisted a Pediatric Wellness Coach. She was able to implement fun and engaging lessons to community clinic members in both Spanish and English. Her program included goal-setting, healthy eating and other activities that help families create lifelong healthy habits. Through this experience Mariana found what she was truly passionate about: advocating and mentoring.

She recently graduated from CSU Monterey Bay with Cum Laude Honors in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health & Wellness and a minor in Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures. In addition, she was fortunate enough to be able to travel abroad to Granada, Spain and study during her college career. While in Spain, she volunteered at a residential home called, Huerta Del Rasillo, where she assisted care givers with their daily activities for local disabled residents.

Mariana's career goal is to become a Pre-Diabetes/Diabetes Wellness Coach, in which she can reach, educate, and promote a healthy lifestyle. She is passionate about supporting the Lindsay community in addressing the issue of diabetes. She is currently volunteering her time for the Lindsay Diabetes Project.

This year's Orange Blossom Queen, Mariana is very humbled and honored to be representing Lindsay for this year's festivities.