Photo by Rod Smith
Krisana Fernandez is one of 12 young hopefuls who will be competing for the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside crown on Oct. 5.
As of Thursday, September 11, 2014
Being a role model to younger children and her peers, representing her community in a positive manner and being an example of what her community is about…these are the reasons that compelled Krisana Fernandez to compete for the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside title.
She is among the 12 candidates who will grace the Sunnyside High School auditorium stage on Sunday, Oct. 5.
Fernandez is the daughter of Rachel and Ruben Fernandez. She has a younger sister.
“I have always felt others look to Miss Sunnyside as a role model,” said Fernandez.
She said Miss Sunnyside has an opportunity to impact people. Miss Sunnyside, she said, is someone younger children look upon with awe.
Community members look at Miss Sunnyside as an example of community spirit and pride, said Fernandez.
She said serving in that capacity would extend the leadership and responsibilities she already has as a cheerleader at Sunnyside High School.
“I like being a positive example to others,” said Fernandez.
For the talent segment of the Miss Sunnyside Pageant, Fernandez plans to perform an Indian “Bollywood-style” dance routine.
If named Miss Sunnyside, she would like to work with the local Special Olympics program, organizing recreational and social activities in the local schools.
She said she wants to unite students and promote a better understanding among youth who are sometimes unwilling to interact with students with special needs.
Fernandez said she has spent time with special needs students with whom her parents work.
“Other students don’t always understand how interesting these kids are,” she said.
Because of that lack of understanding, Fernandez said she has seen others avoid socializing with special needs students.
“These students are really sweet and fun to spend time with.”
Because of her experiences with special needs students, Fernandez believes social activities that bring the students together would help bridge the gap of understanding.
Fernandez said she is proud to live in Sunnyside and believes it is unique because of the close relationships within the community.
“Everyone seems to know one another,” she said.
She said those relationships made it easier for the community to unite in an effort to make positive changes, including the downtown revitalization effort.
Another positive change that has come about recently was the addition of a new police chief, Fernandez said.
She said, “It’s important to make positive changes for a community to grow and not make the same mistakes.”
Carrillo and the 11 other candidates seeking the Miss Sunnyside crown will be competing at the Sunnyside High School auditorium at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5.