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The next Queen Citrianna is a member of the La Joya High School Class of 2020.
Kaylee Silva was named Queen Citrianna the 84th in this year’s Texas Citrus Fiesta, marking her spot as part of a long legacy of tradition. Silva is the first La Joya High School student and Palmview Duchess to earn the crown.
“My senior year has come to an end, and if there is anything I’ve learned growing up is that it’s okay to make mistakes,” Silva said. “Because, if you are making mistakes, it means you are trying something new. Mistakes are lessons and stepping stones to success.”
Silva remarked that while the past can’t be changed, the future is in their hands.
“They weren’t kidding when they said high school would fly,” Silva said. “Looking back, the mistake I made was not cherishing the moments and opportunities enough.”
Silva said she was grateful for every student, teacher, counselor, principal, security guard, janitor, and mentor that has been part of her journey. She would also like to thank each and every one of them, including her family, for helping every step of the way.
“Without these individuals, none of this could have been possible – they are part of my success,” Silva said. “With all my accomplishments and great memories came the loss of a great friend that shaped Class of 2020 and our community.”
Silva, a self-proclaimed “rebel child” in elementary school, was Chavez Middle School’s “Choir Super Star” three years in a row. In high school, she participated in DECA and advanced to state, and also enjoyed FFA, where she was elected Chapter President and District Treasurer with the goal of making a difference in the community.
“You are not alone in this world, and it’s ok to not be ok,” Silva said in a message to her classmates. “It was never about looking good or fitting in; it’s about the legacy you leave behind once you graduate.”
Silva is a firm believer that anything is possible if you believe in yourself.
“Leaving La Joya High, I know that I have left my mark and have left hope to those individuals who feel hopeless, and strength to those who feel weak,” Silva said. “It has been an amazing journey, and the Class of 2020 will definitely be one to remember.”