The 2017 Fiesta de Amistad celebration is fast approaching and the time has come for Queen City citizens to show support for their favorite Miss Del Rio and Miss Teen Del Rio contestant. The pageant is slated for 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Paul Poag Theatre. The crowned winners will represent Del Rio throughout Fiesta de Amistad’s many events.


Taylor Leeann Polanco

Taylor Leeann Polanco, the 14-year-old daughter of Mr. Rolando and Rita Herrera, attends the Del Rio Freshman campus, where she participates on Del Rio’s varsity cheer squad and serves as the peer-nominated freshman class vice resident. The Iron Woman Award recipient also participates in Queen’s basketball, cross country and track. She is a member of St. Joseph’s parish and is an active 2017 Teen ACTS participant. Post-graduation, Polanco said she plans to attend Auburn University, where she’ll pursue medicine to eventually become an obstetrician. Putting God and your family first, along with spreading peace and harmony with a smile, Polanco said, will leave all those in your path with a smile and sense of happiness.

Elaine Patricia Oyama

Elaine Patricia Oyama, 16, stays busy in academic organizations, including the National Technical Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. The daughter of David and Veronica Oyama also enjoys athletics as a Del Rio High School varsity golf team participant. She also plays on the high school’s varsity Mariachi de la Medianoche and is the student ambassador for the Law Enforcement Career and Technical Education department. Oyama plans to attend Baylor University, where she said she hopes to major in business administration and minor in pre-med. The teen contestant said she hopes to use her education to eventually become a dermatologist with a fellowship in Mohs skin cancer removal and treatment. While preparing for the pageant, Oyama said she has learned a lot about herself and her community and is grateful to have this experience. She said she would like to thank her parents, grandparents, extended family, friends and Glitz & Glamour Formal Wear for supporting her through her journeys. 

Sutton Michele Dalrymple

Sutton Michele Dalrymple, the proud daughter of Donald and Laurel Dalrymple, is making history this year as the first female football player to score a point for the Del Rio Rams. Dalrymple is also entering her fourth year starting for the Queen’s varsity soccer team and her second year serving as captain. She made First Team All-District for three consecutive years, and was awarded District Newcomer as a freshman. The Del Rio High School senior is the Yearbook Club president and plans to pursue an education in physical therapy after graduating in June 2018.

Amber Mayte Villarreal

Amber Mayte Villarreal, 16, is Mayte and Hilario Villarreal’s daughter. She is a member of the Queen’s basketball team and student council at Del Rio High School. The class officer participates in the Early College High School program and plans to receive her college associate’s degree by her 2019 high school graduation. Villarreal thanks and recognizes her family and friends for always believing and supporting her. She also thanks the Hotel Villarreal, Casa’s Herví and family for their sponsorships.

Janel Lyn Meza

Varsity cheer co-captain Janel Lyn Meza, 17, is the daughter of Rosa Martinez and John Meza. The Del Rio High School senior is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, a coach for the youth league Chiefs cheer team, and a coach for the tumbling class at Rodz Dance Studio. After graduation, Meza said she plans to join the United States Coast Guard to continue her passion for helping others and eventually plans to become a physician’s assistant. She said she also plans to join a missionary, God willing. Meza thanks her parents for encouraging her to always step out of her comfort zone and for their continuous love and support. Most importantly, Meza said she would like to thank God for allowing her to do what she loves through his many blessings. “She is clothed in strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25

Chloe Cheyene Perry

Chloe Cheyene Perry, 17, is John and Zobeida Perry’s daughter. Perry was born and raised in Del Rio, and in her free time enjoys bike riding, baking, spending time with family and volunteering at local organizations. Perry participates in 4-H programs, including the rabbit, pig, shooting and nutrition programs. She said she plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin to study fashion marketing and hopes to one day start her own business.

Miss Del Rio Contestants

Jaclyn Isabel Adams

Jaclyn Isabel Adams, 19, is the daughter of Jesse and Ercilia Adams. She currently studies early childhood of education interdisciplinary studies as a sophomore at the University of Incarnate Word. Adams said she first and foremost would like to thank God for giving her the strength and will to compete in this pageant. She would like to thank her parents and her two brothers for always supporting her and cheering her on. Jaclyn would also like to extend appreciation to her family and friends for their continued support.

Samantha Brooke Sandoval

Samantha Brooke Sandoval, 19, is the daughter of Alfredo and Virginia-Lopez Sandoval. She currently studies at Southwest Texas Junior College where she is pursuing a career in nursing. She said she plans to continue her studies at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio next fall, where she hopes to become an emergency room nurse practitioner. Sandoval’s ultimate goal, she said, is to work at a level one trauma hospital where she can apply what she has learned to help those in need. When she’s not busy studying or preparing for the next exam, Sandoval spends her free time rescuing animals, reading books and watching emergency care videos. She said would like to thank her friends, family and, most importantly, God, who has supported her in this journey. With God, all things are possible, she said.

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