|2/19/2014 10:20:00 PM|
Goal-driven teen earns princess crown
Jessica Gomez may be most known for her "get it done" attitude and tenacious character.
Last month, Gomez, 17, was one of three named to the 2014 Manson Apple Blossom royalty court. She says she's always wanted to be a princess, and now.... she is.
The Manson native teen keeps busy as FBLA vice president, ASB Media Specialist, attending church and manages to hold down a job.
As a Manson Elementary School kindergarten student, Gomez says that year's royalty selected students to be mini-princesses.
"I thought, wow, princesses do exist," she said.
That year, Gomez remembers attending her first Manson Apple Blossom parade and from then on, she knew being a part of representing Manson as a princess was a goal of hers. And when she sets a goal, she doesn't change her mind. Gomez says goal setting is kind of her thing and when she wants something, she really tries to get it.
"When I have goals, I do my best to get them done," she said. "Even from a young age, I've wanted to be a lawyer, that hasn't changed. I will be a lawyer."
Part of preparing for the selection ceremony, for Gomez, was ensuring that she was as involved in and committed to the Manson community as she could be.
Preparing for the selection ceremony, Gomez says, was a thrilling experience.
"They gave us the 20/20. We got pictures, got pretty, we were treated like royalty," she said.
"They treated us like we were (important), it was just really fun."
When preparing for the speech portion of the event, Gomez says she mostly focused on her confidence. Though confidence isn't usually a weakness of hers, the tables may have turned when competing against long-time classmates and friends.
"It's hard, they are really good candidates, friends from grade school and you start doubting yourself," she said.
But the mainstay for Gomez was her family, namely her parents and sisters, who constantly reminded her that she could do it.
"I've always been able to succeed in what I want to do, my sisters said, 'So, why are you doubting yourself now?'," she added.
Gomez says the contributing factor to much of her success is preparation.
"I do the things that are necessary and that will get me there," she said.
Gomez says most tasks worth accomplishing usually provide guidelines in how to achieve the goal.
"If you follow those, there's no reason for you to not come out on top," she said.
Overall, Gomez says it was an experience to never forget.
"I'd do it all over again, win or lose."
Amber Schlenker can be reached at 509-682-2213 or by email
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