A New Queen to be Introduced at North Fair Oaks Community Festival

Summit Prep Charter grad Janice Bonello will be crowned at the Festival on Sunday, August 19.

Summit Prep Charter grad Janice Bonello will be crowned as the 2012 Queen of the Festiva, it was announced recently by North Fair Oaks Community Festival Director Catherine Tompkison-Graham.

She will officially take her place among royality at the Festival, sponsored by San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Greg Munks, on Sunday, August 19.

Bonello, an immigrant from Malta, is actively involved as a student representative at her high school. She is also involved in community programs such as the Girl Scout Diamond Crest Day Camp.

Bonello will be attending CSU Monterey Bay this fall, with a professional goal of entering social work.

Bonello was in her car just outside her house when she received the phone call informing her of her title.

She screamed and hollered "I want thank the Academy" in a humorous response indicative of her personality. Bonello receives a $10,000 scholarship as part of her winnings.

The Queen of the Festival scholarship program promotes community service and is awarded by the Sheriff's Youth Programs.

The festival is a multicultural event, with live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and beverages, children's rides and activities, and a festive parade.

Two semi-finalists were also announced for the title of Princess. Cadres Shelton and Itzel Gutierrez will each receive a $4,000 scholarship.

Shelton graduated from Tracy High and will be attending Menlo College, with a professional goal of working in human resources.

Gutierrez graduated from Menlo-Atherton High and will be attending Sacramento State University, with a professional goal of becoming an immigration lawyer.

Two other finalists will each be awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Itzel Diaz graduated from Sequoia High School and will be attending Santa Clara University, with a professional goal of civil engineering.  Angela Hernandez graduated from Eastside College Prepatory and will be attending San Francisco State University, with a professional goal of psychiatry.

Queen candidates must apply to enter the competition and are screened to ensure they meet the minimum scholarship criteria. Applicants are then evaluated on the depth, breadth and commitment of their community volunteer work.An essay requirement screens the candidates’ writing ability.

Following an in-depth review of these requirements, and an extensive reference check, a select group of applicants are invited for a face-to-face interview, which narrows the field to the five finalists.

Over the course of the program, the Queen of the Festival program has awarded over $73,000 in scholarships and raised in excess of $130,000 for youth programs.

For more information about the North Fair Oaks Queen of the Festival competition, please contact festival director Catherine Tompkison-Graham at 650-368-2497 or visit the festival website

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Ernie August 04, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Congratulations to Janice and to her very devoted mentors Cheryl Angeles and Planning Commissioner Nancy Radcliffe, who kept this young lady inspired and motivated throughout the entire competition!


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