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2/13/2014 10:09:00 AM
Garcia earns crown
Perla Garcia
Perla Garcia
Amber Schlenker
Assistant Editor

At first glace, being a spectacle of a royal kind, wasn't Garcia's cup of tea.
"At first I didn't (want to run), but then I thought, I should try something different, step out of my comfort zone," she said.
"Let me show people that I can shine."
Garcia spends her days playing volleyball and softball, and attending Kwanis and Manson Inc. meetings.
When her name was called at the Manson Apple Blossom selection ceremony as a new princess, Garcia says the feeling was almost unreal.
"I was so happy, I told myself 'you did it, wow'" she said.
When waiting for the candidates to be selected, Garica says she gave herself a pep talk.
"I know I tried, I really tried, and I said if they didn't pick me, it was going to be ok," she said.
Preparing for her on-stage speech, Garcia says she may have appeared to be dancing on stage. She says when she gets nervous, she moves around.
"I might have appeared to be a ballerina on stage," she said as the candidates practiced their speeches on stage, without an audience.
"When there was actually people there, I just tried not to think about it, and go with the flow," she added.
While preparing with etiquette dinners, dance practice and memorizing her speech, Garcia, along with the other candidates, were also enduring finals week of the winter quarter. Pressed for time, Garcia says she practiced etiquette and memorizing her speech during any free time she could find.
"It was stressful," she added. "But I tried to practice while cooking dinner, in the shower, whenever I could."
In her, precious but limited free time, Garcia says she loves spending time with her family. On the rare occassion that she does get time with her mom, who works two jobs, Garcia says you can often hear the family making music together.
"I play a little guitar, my mom sings and my brother makes beats," she said. "We just love to make music together, my mom sings Mariachi."
In the days leading up to the selection ceremony, Garcia says she learned added confidence.
"It's important to believe in yourself, you have to be confident and believe you can do it, or you won't," she said.
Now that Garcia dons a crown, she says that she is now, more than before, she will be someone to look up to.
"I want to show good vibes, give a good name to Manson," she said.

Amber Schlenker can be reached at 509-682-2213 or by email

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