Four of the dozen candidates taking part in the 73rd annual Delano Harvest Holidays queen pageant are profiled below. There will be four more in each future issue of The Record.

The pageant will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Cesar E. Chavez High School auditorium. The community is urged to attend to support both the candidates and the Harvest Holidays Association. Tickets are $7 in advance from the candidates and committee or $10 at the door. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7.

Alyssa Espinoza, a daughter of Miguel and Sandra Espinoza, is a Cesar Chavez High senior who has achieved honor roll, is a member of the associated student body and is a cheerleader. She is employed at the Delano Maya Cinemas. Future plans are to attend UC Davis to major in nursing.

Jeslaine Montecino, a daughter of Victor and Norma Perez, is a Robert F. Kennedy High senior who has achieved the valedictorian medal for each high school semester, is Fashion Club treasurer, an ASB senator, was top freshman on the award-winning mock trial team and is a founding member of the Class of 2019 Club. She plans to achieve a master’s degree in law and English.

Ashley Tenorio, daughter of Oscar and Melissa Tenorio, is a senior at Cesar Chavez High where she has achieved honor roll, has been an ASB senator for three years and is a cheerleader. She coaches peewee cheer, is a recipient of Instudio dance scholarship and was a winner in the Henry Greaves speech contest. After high school, she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in forensic science.

Also a senior at CCHS is Maizy Garza, a daughter of Miguel and Aline Garza. She won first place in the Jamz Cheer competition; was nominated as an All-American cheerleader to represent her school in London, England, for the New Year’s parade; and has won academic semester awards; an English award; and MVP award as a French Club member. She plans to attend Cal State Bakersfield to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher.


Pageant chairperson Sumeet Batth may be contacted at 661-205-3532 by organizations, businesses or individuals willing to donate for queen show scholarships or other expenses She took over chairmanship of the event when the prior chairperson retired and nobody else was willing to take on the huge task. Batth said she wanted young ladies from the area to have the same opportunities that she had when she competed in and won the event in 1997.

At the last Harvest Holidays board meeting, Chairperson Alice Luque-Duarte reported on cooperation of the high school district in arranging the queen show at the Cesar Chavez auditorium. She also praised the elementary school district for handling the entire operation of the annual Kiddie Parade. Also thanked was Michael Armendariz of Maya Cinemas for offering one of the theaters for the queen show.

Claribel Gutierrez reported on the grand marshal/queen’s barbecue, which is planned to start at noon Saturday, Oct. 6, at Cecil Avenue Park. The steak dinner with baked potatoes, green salad and roll will have tickets available for $15 presale or $20 at the event.

Barbara Moreno-Mejia, 661-370-7179, is making park arrangements and arranging booths at the event for a nominal fee. Henry Mendoza is working with the committee to furnish entertainment at the park.

About 40 youngsters are expected to take part in the Tiny Tots program on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Delano Elks Lodge, reported chairperson April Gonzalez. Check-in time is 9:45 a.m. with the show starting at 10. Divisions are ages 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8.

Gonzalez said that in line with the festival theme of “Delano Hands, Feeding the World,” a charity division among volunteer tots has gained support of about a dozen youngsters.

“This part of the program will offer a chance to give back,” said the chairperson.

She said she already had one anonymous donor for Tiny Tots and is arranging others.

Next directors’ meeting is planned Thursday, Aug. 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office.


Two Delano High graduates have distinguished themselves in the agriculture program and continue to be agriculture students in college.

The two 2016 grads are Sophia Armendariz, who is attending Fresno State, and Ethan M. Pobst, who is considering Visalia’s College of the Sequoias.

The pair have earned the American Degree, the highest degree that an FFA member can earn. The top American FFA Degree recipients from each state may also be nominated for the American Star Award.

Fewer than one percent of FFA members are eligible to qualify for the American Degree, which awards them a Gold Degree Key.

Requirements are for a student after entering agricultural education to earn at least $10,000 and productively invest $7,500 or earn and productively invest $2,000 and work 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time.

This article was furnished by Delano High FFA reporter Jasmin Garcia, an FFA member for adviser Rachelle Reames.


Recently I got a call from Dr. Robert Aguilar. I have known him since he was a four-star athletic star in Delano High School — we were roommates one year at Fresno State — and we both started teaching in the fall of 1962 at Cecil Avenue School.

Aguilar went on to teach and coach at Delano High. I’m not sure of all his achievements after that, but he was in administration in Tulare and Visalia, was a superintendent in such areas as Oakland and Stockton, was superintendent of Richgrove and Earlimart schools, did consultant work many years and, as his last fulltime task, was superintendent of the Delano Union School District.

He still has not fully retired. He has worked closely with Fresno State President Joseph Castro in raising scholarship funds and promoting students going from community colleges to Fresno State.

Anyway, his call was really to ask me how the Delano High Football Hall of Fame dinner had gone. Aguilar was the Heart of a Champion award winner at the first of the 10 Hall of Fame events.

He said he spoke with a Delano High graduate who suggested the inclusion of athletes from Delano’s other two public high schools. I told “Bob” that the current Hall of Fame board would be meeting with Delano High Athletic Director Albino Duran, who, along with many other alumni, has wanted to expand the Hall of Fame to all sports.

Including all sports is a good idea but one that will need volunteers from the community willing to give their time to research DHS athletic participants from the past.

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