Geneva Marie Salinas, age 16
Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Nominated By: LULAC Council #1 Feria De las Flores
She currently volunteers at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. As of this summer, she has volunteered given over 270 hours to the hospital in the past year. She is also a Youth Leader at her church, Holy Family, where she spreads the Word of God to teens and been an alter server for over five years. She inspired her little brother to become an altar server, like his big sister. She is passionate about children and her goal in life is to change at least one child’s life for the better. She plans on becoming a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Her motivation to be the person she is today is her family, and of course God.
What challenges has she overcome?:
She believes that a good education opens unimaginable doors for the future that can make a very significant impact on one’s life. A recent challenge she is working on is earning a spot in the top ten percent of her class. So far she has worked her way from top twenty to top fifteen percent.
What extra-curricular activities is she involved in?:
She competed in the 52nd Annual Feria De Las Flores and placed as the first runner up and Miss Congeniality. She participated in HOSA, Health Occupation Students of America competing in Physical Therapy and making it to the State competition; she plans to continue next school year. She is also part of the dance department; this year she will be in dance two. Also, she is in the Health Science Academy at Foy H. Moody High School and applied for a Co-Op Internship at CHRISTUS Spohn. She will start interning at Spohn Shoreline as a Rehab Tech in the Rehabilitation Department. Her hobbies are playing tennis, dancing and swimming and enjoys medical shows such as Dr. G: Medical Examiner and Bizarre ER.
How is she a good example and positive role model to other girls?:
As someone who cares for the well-being of others, she does her best to try to brighten someones day, one person and one day at a time by always keeping a smile on her face no matter the situation, because she believes that staying positive makes an enormous difference in the end. She believes a simple smile or “Hi, how are you?” to someone can really make their day; one never knows how another’s day is going.