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Riverbank Names Homecoming Queen
Pretty as a picture in a short pink dress, Adriana Vigil was named Riverbank High's Homecoming Queen at halftime of Friday's varsity football game against the Waterford Wildcats. Overcome by emotion, she bowed her head as other contestants began to applaud her win of the envied crown and sash.

Following a reality TV show theme of "Survivor," the seniors displayed a castaway in a jungle scene complete with a mock monkey swinging from a football goalpost to win the best class float prize. The seniors also won the Spirit Bear award.

Scattered raindrops from the season's first storm threatened but failed to stop the traditional event.

The daughter of Javier and Aurelia Vigil, the Homecoming Queen faced competition from four other contestants including Tayler Anderson, Kendra Barth, Vanessa Lopez and Gricelda Murguia.

For Vigil, according to the event program, her best subject is English and she is involved in the Step By Step program. Upon graduation, she hopes to train as a cosmetologist. Her favorite quote is "take responsibility for yourself because nobody else will." Her advice to underclassmen: "Don't procrastinate. Take school seriously because in the end you will regret not trying your best."

Anderson's grade point average is 3.2 and the subject she likes best also is English. She is involved in cross country, track and leadership. Her future plans include training to become an equine veterinarian.

Her favorite quote is "If everything seems under control, then you aren't going fast enough." Her advice to underclassmen is "to make the most out of high school and have fun. Make good memories and good friends."

Barth maintains a grade point average of 3.8. Her favorite subject is anatomy and physiology and her favorite sport is track although she also takes part in volleyball, leadership and Step by Step activities. Her future plans include attending college to become a registered nurse.

Her favorite quote is "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That's why they call it the present." Her advice to underclassmen is "Get involved, enjoy your time in high school. It's meant to get you out of your comfort zone. Your stories here can never be replaced."

Lopez has a grade point average of 3.0. Her favorite sport, she said, is definitely soccer. But she also is involved in color guard, leadership, Interact and the Trinity Club. For higher education she wants to attend San Diego State University.

He favorite quote is "Just do it." Her advice to underclassmen is "Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone."

Murguia also has a 3.0 grade point average and likes every subject but math. Her favorite sport is basketball and other activities include track and color guard. Her plans for the future include attending California State University Sacramento to become a third grade teacher.

Her most embarrassing moment was scoring for the other team in a home basketball game during her freshman year. Her advice to underclassmen: "stop trying to be like everyone else. Be yourself."

Vigil was feted during the halftime festivities, recognized by the crowd and her peers from high school, and the other queen hopefuls wished her well as she enjoyed the winning moment.