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Herrera Named Royalty
Wearing a long, blue gown, carrying roses and escorted by her father Leonel Herrera, Jackie Herrera was crowned Homecoming Queen of Riverbank High during halftime of Friday night's football game.

The Bruins lost 21-14 to Orestimba in a fiercely contested game. But that did not take away from halftime activities when there was the traditional parade of floats, crowning of the queen and performances by cheerleaders.

The four class floats had already paraded earlier that afternoon through the downtown when they had to dodge preparations and equipment coming in for the Cheese and Wine festival that opened the next morning.

At the football game, the juniors won the prize both for the best-decorated float and for gathering the most Spirit Bear points during the dress up days of Homecoming Week.

Queen Herrera has a 3.8 grade point average and her favorite subjects are Spanish and economics. For sports, she participates in track and cross-country. Her advice to underclassmen is not to procrastinate and to try and do your best. Her favorite quote is, "Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dreams closer." After high school, she wants to attend college and "be a model to others."

Other young women of the royal court presented at the ceremony included Julie Hernandez, Amanda Lopez, Celina Lopez and Georgina Retana.

Hernandez, escorted that night by her father Ramon Hernandez, has a 3.8 GPA and rates English and government among her favorite classes. She takes part in cross-country and track. Her advice to younger students is, "Never procrastinate; every class is important." Her favorite quote is, "The difference between school and life? In school you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." After high school, she wants to become a speech therapist for children with autism.

Amanda Lopez, escorted by her father Sergio Lopez, also maintains a 3.8 GPA and her favorite subjects are calculus and physics. She participates in leadership, volleyball and travel softball. Her advice to underclassmen is, "If you see a flock of seagulls in the quad, run to the nearest overhang." Her favorite quote (attributed to Bob Marley) is "Live the life you love and love the life you live." Following graduation, she plans to attend college in New Jersey to get her medical degree and become a plastic surgeon.

Celina Lopez, on the arm of her father Julio Lopez, maintains a 3.4 GPA and said her favorite subjects are history and Spanish. She plays girls soccer and keeps score for the boys' team. Her advice to younger students is, "Time flies, so make every moment count and every experience meaningful." Her favorite quote is, "It doesn't matter what you do once in a while. It's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference." Upon graduation, she intends to go to college to become a pediatrician.

The final candidate Retana, escorted Friday by her father George Retana, has a 3.6 GPA and Spanish is her favorite subject. She has been involved in cross country, volleyball, basketball, track and leadership class. Her advice to underclassmen is, "Do the most you can; don't be afraid about what people will think of you." Her favorite quote is, "Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever."

The new Queen was presented with her crown and other gifts during halftime festivities.