The Chanute Mexican Fiesta Committee will host the 2018 introduction to King/Queens and Little King/Queens Dance Saturday from 8 to midnight at VFW Hall, 1654 W. Main.

Music will be by DJ Conan, Erie. Adults $5, children 12 and under $3.

(Photos of candidates in the Tribune).


2018 Queen Candidates

Cecilia G. Bravo

Cecilia Bravo, 15, Chanute, is the daughter of Neil and Gail Haynes. She is the granddaughter of Janice and Nathan Jr. Welch and Lorene Haynes. She is a student at Chanute High School where she participates in volleyball, softball and debate. She says she can’t wait to get out and sell some tickets for her run at 2018 Fiesta Queen.


Danesa K. Ramos

Danesa Ramos, 17, Independence, is the daughter of Teresa Palacias and Oscar A. Ramos. She is a junior at Independence High School where she is active in Kay Club, Art Club, Spanish Club, Drama Club, tennis and choir. She is of Mexican and Salvadorian descent. She likes to dance to all Hispanic genres and sing. She works at the after school program at St. Andrew’s Catholic School where she is a parishioner. She plans to be a Social Therapist after college. She is excited to be running for queen at the same time as her little sister is running for Little Queen.


Elysia Kunkler

Elysia Kunkler, 16, is a sophomore at Iola High School. Her family moved to Allen County in the 1920s from Aguascalientes, Mexico. Her great-grandparents were Jesse and Alberta Chavez. Her grandmother is Sylvia Chavez. Elysia’s mom, Damarias Kunkler, ran for Mexican Fiesta Queen 30 years ago and since then, she has had cousins run, also. She would like to carry on the family tradition and bring some Mexican pride back to the town of Iola. She is an active high school student being involved in school, sports, volunteering, and church. She plays the trumpet in marching, pep, and concert band. She participates in forensics and loves performing poetry, and loves watching IDA (interpret duet acting). She play many sports; traveling softball, cross-country, basketball, and track. In track, she has ran for AAU and USATF qualifying for National Junior Olympics for the past two years. Her future goal is to train hard in track and hopefully be offered a full ride scholarship to Oklahoma University.

Volunteering is a passion. With her mom working for nonprofits, it helped her see the needs in the communities. Some of her volunteer projects have been working in a transitional homeless shelter, event coordinating like the Jingle Bell Jog and Mad Bomber Run, preparation for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize, and trail building.

She has been attending Wesley United Methodist Church since fourth grade and is active in their youth group. This year she looks forward to the mission trip in Philadelphia. Over the summer she is a youth leader for Vacation Bible School.



2018 King Candidates

Tavon Bass

Tavon Bass, 17, Iola, is the son of Trinity Borjas-Schnedler and Leo Bass. He is the grandson of Mary Borjas, Chanute, Joey Tennis and Linda and Leo Bass Jr. He is a junior at Iola High School where he runs track and plays basketball. In his spare time he likes to hang out with his friends and play basketball. 


2018 Little Queen

Tari Mariscal

Tari Mariscal, 8, Independence, is the daughter of Teresa Palacios and Jose Mariscal. Tari attends St. Andrews Catholic School where she is in 2nd grade. She likes to play soccer and tennis. She would like to be a teacher when she grows up. Tari is excited to be running for Little Fiesta Queen at the same time as her big sister is running for Queen.


Daysha Borjas

Daysha Borjas, 7, Humboldt, is the daughter of Linda and Virgil Farrill. She is the granddaughter of Jackie Borjas, Iola, and the great-granddaughter of Richard and Sandy Hurst, Humboldt, Joe Borjas, Topeka, and Hazle Borjas, Chanute. Daysha loves singing, dancing, crafting and playing outside with her two brothers, Drayk and Darryl and their two dogs Obie and Belle. Daysha looks forward to using her energy over the summer to run for Little Fiesta Queen.


Kenidy Ysusi

Kenidy Ysusi, 5, LeRoy, is the daughter of Amanda and Charles Ysusi. She is the granddaughter of Gloria Serrato-Ysusi, Chanute, Tony and Susan Ornelas, Humboldt, and Joe and Betty Ysusi, Roswell, NM. Kenidy attends LeRoy Elementary. She will be starting her first year of T-ball this summer. She loves playing outside on the farm with her dog Bud.  Kenidy is proud to be running for Little Fiesta Queen.


2018 Little King

Xavier Jesus Anaya

Xavier Anaya, 5, Chanute, is the son of Rose Nagengast and Edgar Anaya. He is the grandson of Sandra and Daniel Nagengast, Griselda Alvarez and Jesus Ayala (Papa). Xavier likes to play soccer and wrestle. He really likes school and his dog, Keiser.  He attends Chanute Elementary as a kindergartener and likes to spend his time with his mom and dad. His Favorite food is El Pueblito because of his Papa. His most favorite things are his bear and Lightning McQueen. Xavier is super excited to be running for Little Fiesta King.


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