Five young ladies are vying for the opportunity to represent their community as Miss La Vernia 2016.
The La Vernia Lions Club will host its scholarship pageant Friday, May 13, in the La Vernia High School auditorium. The winner and her court serve as ambassadors for La Vernia for a year, appearing in parades and public events across central and south Texas.
Plan now to attend the pageant to see who will earn the title of Miss La Vernia.
The Lions Club’s scholarship pageant emphasizes scholarship, self-confidence, creativity, and community service.
This year’s pageant will include a “People’s Choice” winner. Audience members can vote for their favorite by contributing donations to her container during the pageant. The contestant with the most donations will earn the People’s Choice title, earning a special pin, an additional $100 scholarship, and recognition as the People’s Choice Winner at all parades and functions attended by the Miss La Vernia Court. The proceeds will benefit the La Vernia Lions Scholarship fund for graduating seniors. This contest will have no bearing on the judges’ final decision.
Here are this year’s contestants.
Sponsored by Justin and Kristin Oates with Kristin’s Kustom T’s, 17-year-old Allyson White is a junior at La Vernia High School. The daughter of James and Shelann White is a member of the National Honor Society, UIL Math Team (junior), and track and field (freshman, sophomore). She also has served as La Vernia mascots Baylie and Boomer the Bear, freshman class vice president, choir secretary, La Vernia FFA Leadership and Judging Teams, and participated in Model UN, Speech and Debate, Engineer-For-A-Day Program, Odyssey of the Mind, BEARS Care, and Floral Certification. Allyson has been a Fish Camp lead counselor and student athletic trainer.
Her church activities include teaching Sunday School, membership in the St. Ann’s Confirmation class of 2015, and volunteering at the La Vernia Lutheran Church BBQ booth at La Vernia Parks Foundation’s BBQ Cook-off. She has helped with activities at Crosspoint Fellowship, including Vacation Bible School and the church’s trunk or treat, along with decorating at St. Ann’s for Christmas festivities and helping with St. Ann’s Vacation Bible School.
Allyson’s community service and involvement range from serving as Miss La Vernia 2015 First Runner Up to volunteering with the La Vernia Lions Club, participating in Adopt A Highway cleanups, and volunteering at the Sara Strey Memorial Scholarship Foundation benefit, San Antonio Food Bank, and La Vernia Food Pantry. She also assists at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo and participates in the La Vernia Jr. Livestock Show, among numerous other activities.
She plans to attend Texas A&M University-College Station to major in biomedical engineering and minor in biomedical sciences. She hopes to either work in the engineering field or medical field.
Celestina-Anita Kathlina Alejandro
Celestina, 14, is the daughter of Rafael Alejandro and Leticia Mejia. The La Vernia High School freshman is sponsored by Morrell Masonry Supply Inc.
She has been a track and field participant and has volunteered her services for other sport functions as diverse as soccer games and community events.
Celestina has volunteered with CCD children’s classes and activities at St. Ann Catholic Church and participated in St. Ann’s after-school youth program and CYO team.
Among her community involvement and service are participation in San Antonio YMCA Summer Camp, volunteering at the La Vernia Junior High School registration, and participating in the Texas Department of Highways Adopt a Highway Program. She also volunteer at the Bexar County Sheriff’s Recruiting Department, participates in collecting school supplies for Stuff the Bus, and volunteers at the La Vernia Food Pantry.
Celestina plans to join the U.S. Air Force and train in fire aircraft integrated avionics after graduation. She has been inspired by many other successful women who have made their marks in the world and showed everyone that a woman can do anything a man can.
La Vernia High School sophomore Allyson Kizer is the 15-year-old daughter of Martha and Allin Kizer. Her sponsors are SWAT Construction, Northwind Legacy, and Jenna’s Cakes.
Allyson is a major with the 2016-17 Honeybears Dance Team. She earned first place in the 2015 Alamo Regional Science Fair and qualified for the 2015 State Science Fair. She also served as a 2016 Model UN San Antonio delegate and 2016 Computer Science UIL District qualifier, and ranks in the top 10 percent of the sophomore class, earning early admission to Lamar University.
She tutors struggling students in third through eighth grade, was a mascot for the Highland Park Gifted and Talented Academy, and served as dance and vocal teacher at the Step Up Stomp Out Bullying Dance Workshop, as well as a member of the 4-H Skeet Shooting Team.
Mark and Darla Buccigrossi are the parents of Simona, 17, who is sponsored by Dury’s Gun Shop.
The 17-year-old junior at La Vernia High School has been a member of the choir for three years, and rated 2 at state UIL for choir. She participates in Musician’s Guild.
A member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Simona has been a volunteer as a children’s church leader once a month and helped in the nursery. She volunteers with various children’s activities and attends Wednesday youth group activities at various churches.
Marilynn Womack FNP, of MAC Medspa is the sponsor of La Vernia High School freshman Jillian Scullion, 16, the daughter of Michael and Crystal Scullion.
Jillian, a member of the junior varsity tennis team, volunteers in the child care rooms at her church. She volunteers at the La Vernia Food Pantry. Her interests include archery, singing, and swimming.
La Vernia Lions Club Scholarship Pageant Friday, May 13 at the La Vernia High School auditorium.