This year, Lindsay will celebrate its 87th Orange Blossom Festival with four very talented and community-minded Lindsay High School seniors who will stand alongside the 2019 OBF Queen as her attendants for the week-long events April 6-13. The theme of this year’s festival is “It’s Fiesta Time.”
The 2019 Orange Blossom Queen will be announced next week.
Honored as queen attendants this year are Mariana Lopez, Asusena Cisneros, Marina Ornelas and McKaylie Caesar.
Mariana Lopez is the youngest of four daughters of Ramon and Maricela Lopez, and she feels that being the youngest has strongly influenced her life because she’s been able to see and experience her siblings’ failures and successes. Two of them attended a four-year university, which has also motivated her to do the same.
As a Lindsay High School student, Lopez has participated in volleyball, softball, and track, and was varsity team captain of the volleyball team this year. She was named Volleyball Most Improved in 2015, Volleyball Varsity Captain in 2018, and the Orosi Tournament Team MVP in 2018.
Aside from sports, Lopez has also participated in a large variety of clubs. Her favorite club is AVID, and has also been a part of ASB, NAC (Nutrition Advisory Council), REAP, ASL, CSF, and Spanish Honors Society.
Lopez plans on attending California State University of Sacramento. She wants to major in child development and become an elementary school teacher. Her goal is to apply for a TSL grant and return to Lindsay to begin her teaching career.
Asusena Cisneros is the oldest of four siblings born to Juan and Nancy Cisneros, and she is motivated to become the first woman in her family to attend college and have the career of her choice. In doing so, she hopes to inspire younger generations to follow in her footsteps.
Cisneros credits her family with teaching her the seriousness of life and how to be a hard worker, and most weekends she helps her parents work in the fields. Throughout her path to
wards my end goal, She has been a part of many clubs in high school, including Lindsay’s Team Empower, Spanish Honors Society, and Future Business Leaders of America chapter since her freshman year and served as FBLA historian her junior year.
Through it all, Cisneros has maintained a 4.0 GPA and is currently ranked sixth in her graduating class. She is currently President of the California Scholarship Federation, and has been a REAP scholar since seventh grade. She has been taking college courses at the College of the Sequoias campus since eighth grade, and by the time she graduates from LHS she will have completed 23 college units.
She has played tennis and has been a part of the LHS swim team since her sophomore year.
Cisneros has volunteered at Washington Elementary and with Helping One Woman dinners in Lindsay, and secured a job with the Migrant Education Program helping with after-school studies.
She hopes to attend a California university, where she plans to Major in English and pursue a career in education. She would someday like to return to Lindsay in hopes of obtaining an administrative position within the Lindsay Unified School District.
Marina Elizabeth Ornelas, daughter of Ruben and Corrine Ornelas, is the youngest of her siblings. She looks up to her eldest sister Angela the most because of all she has accomplished, including graduating from college while facing many challenges along the way.
Ornelas has been involved with the National Spanish Honors Society, ASB, CSF, KEY Club, and Not Ashamed Club throughout high school, and has also volunteered her time in the community at toy drives, Lindsay Christmas Parades and the Friday Night Farmers Market.
She has played volleyball and softball for LHS and city club teams, and was named Jr. Varsity Offensive Player of the Year for softball in 2016, Jr. Varsity Team Captain for softball in 2016, and Varsity Offensive Player of the Year for softball in 2018.
She has been strongly involved with her church throughout her life, donating her time at a food bank every fourth Thursday of the month, cleaning the church and city, and being a part of outreaches, Thanksgiving meal giveaways, Christmas present giveaways, and harvest festivals for many years.
Ornelas plans to attend Fresno Pacific University in the fall, where she plans to take liberal studies and get a degree in multiple subjects to teach elementary school in Lindsay.
McKaylie Caesar is the youngest of three siblings. Her family moved to Lindsay from Illinois the summer before her sixth grade year because her parents valued Lindsay’s student-centered learning environment.
She currently maintains a 3.9 GPA and is in the top 10 of her graduating class. She is part of the pathway Academy of Health Science at LHS, and has taken four different AP courses, which have challenged her to be a more rigorous learner.
Caesar is active in many clubs, including the National Spanish Honors Society, Team Empower, Block L President, California Scholarship Federation and Associated Student Body (ASB).
This spring she will earn her 11th Varsity Letter, where her hard work has resulted in First Team All State honors for Cross Country, 4x State Participant in Track and Cross Country, 2x Central Section (Valley) Champion, 2X Orange Belt Runner of the Year, four First Team ESL League Honors, 5X MVP for Cross Country and Track and also Varsity Basketball “Offensive Player of the Year”. She was also recently named the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce’s Youth of the Year.
Caesar is passionate about kids. She has served as a literacy tutor for elementary learners, and is committed to helping and developing the LHS Track & Cross Country Program.
Next year Caesar will be competing at the Division I level as member of California State University Fullerton’s Cross Country and Track teams, with the goal of becoming the Mountain West “Freshman of the Year” and the ultimate goal of qualifying for the DI National Championships.
She plans to study linguistics and one day work for Lindsay Unified School District as a speech pathologist to help kids overcome obstacles and achieve