I just stumbled across this today and thought it was neat. International festivals are a long-standing tradition in my hometown. It looks like last year’s Mexican Princess coronation went to a cousin of mine. Excerpt, below, for the full story click here.
PARENTS: Lois Garcia and Richard Garcia, Jr.
SPONSOR: Mexican American Citizens Club
HIGH SCHOOL: Lorain Admiral King High School, Class of 2004
COSTUME: The dress that Renee is wearing is typical for the Mexican state of Chiapas. The shirt she is wearing is a common black peasant top that has colorful, hand-sewn flowers embellishing the neckline. The colorful skirt is two layers and consists of a simple black cotton skirt underneath and a netted skirt on top, which is filled with an array of vibrant flowers, all hand-embroidered. Her outfit is an authentic folklore dress made in Mexico.
ROOTS: Renee’s paternal great-great-grandparents [my great grandparents, of which I only grew up knowing Asunsion because Romulo died the year I was born], Romulo and Asunsion Prieto came from Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico, in 1920. They went to Topeka, Kan., to make their home. In Kansas, Renee’s great-grandfather worked in a slaughterhouse. They later moved to Texas, where her great-grandfather worked in farming. In 1943, they came to Lorain to work in the steel mill. On her grandfather’s side, her great-grandmother, Antonio Garcia, came from Bustamente, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, to Texas, at age two. Her husband, A.C. Garcia, was born in Austin, Texas, and at the age of 17, moved to Rockdale, Texas, to work in the coal mines. The couple met in Rockdale, married, raised six children and lived there for the rest of their lives. Renee’s grandparents, Richard and Pauline Garcia, were both born in Texas. They met here in Lorain and married in 1953.
COMMENTS: Renee said she is proud to be ”a part of such a positive community of girls and their nationalities.” Ever since she was little, her grandmother had taken her to countless international pageants. Since, then, Renee said she has dreamed of this opportunity to represent her family and her heritage in this celebration of cultures. ”Mexico is full of many traditions,” said Renee. ”I’m excited to be a symbol of such a rich culture.”
FUTURE PLANS: She plans on attending Oberlin College in the fall to major in music education with emphasis on vocal performance. ”Hopefully,” said Renee, ”I will be traveling to New York City to further my education.”