Our August cover model, Madaelyn Zaragoza, is poised to make her big dreams come true.

Madaelyn is the 17-year-old daughter of Angela and Robert Zaragoza. She has two brothers, Robbie, 13; and Luke, 4. Next month, she will begin her senior year at Del Rio High School, and it’s a year she’s looking forward to.

“I’m excited to be starting new things. I want to go to college,” she said. “I want to focus on school in my senior year, but there’s going to be a lot of stuff to do: last football game, last basketball game, senior walks, prom, all the major things.”

Over the summer, Madaelyn has kept busy as a lifeguard for the City of Del Rio, working at both the Buena Vista and the Moore Park swimming pools.

“They move me back and forth wherever they need me. I had to go through a weekend-long certification with the American Red Cross,” she said.

With a laugh, Madaelyn said being a lifeguard is a job that requires a lot of patience.

“But I really love my job. I honestly wouldn’t want to do another job in Del Rio,” she said.

She is also participates in powerlifting and says she enjoys working out. She began powerlifting two years ago and has also been a cheerleader and played tennis.

“I try to work out every day. It’s important to me to be in shape. I used to never care about it, but I wanted to start a sport, and I guess I found what I needed to do,” she said.

Madaelyn said after graduating from Del Rio High School next year she hopes to attend Texas State University, the University of Texas at San Antonio or Sam Houston State University.

And although she said she doesn’t have an exact career path in mind, “I know I want to do something in law.”

“But I also think about joining the Air Force or the Navy,” she said.

Asked why she was considering careers in law enforcement or the military, she said, “I guess it’s because of my dad, growing up and seeing everything he did. I’ve always liked it more than other things. I’ve also thought about becoming a U.S. marshal,” Madaelyn said.

Madaelyn competed in the Miss Del Rio Pageant in 2016, confiding that although it was “very difficult,” she believes the relentless practices and participation in the pageant boosted her confidence and ability to work in the public eye.

“The accomplishment of doing it is just something a lot of people will never have,” she said.

Madaelyn said she also loves to travel. 

So what’s her favorite downtime activity?

“I’d have to say sleep. Sometimes I go out, but I’d really rather be home,” she said. 

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