I’m Katrina Angelica Gonzales born in Taos on June 16, 1998 and I’m a 2016 Taos High School graduate. I’m currently a student at Central New Mexico College in Albuquerque and am enrolled in the EMT basic paramedic program. I’m looking forward to receiving my certification by December 2018.
I’ve served as a Rocky Mountain Youth Volunteer and was voted by my crew members and supervisor to receive a leadership award. I enjoy cooking with my grandmother, Quirina, using her historical recipes passed down by our ancestors. Our recipes are a combination of Native, Spanish, Mexican and American cuisine.
Because I want to live life to the fullest, I try to do the things I love as much as possible such as camping, fishing, reading, playing the piano or playing basketball and drawing, and most important, gathering with friends and family.
My family playing traditional music and being proud of our heritage and tradition is what encouraged my mother to run for Fiesta Queen in 1987, which also gave me a lot of encouragement to run this year. I am glad I am a part of this because I want to keep up the tradition and keep my heritage alive.
My parents are Renée Lavadie and Joseph Gonzales. My maternal grandparents are Quirina Córdova Medina and Robert Medina. My paternal grandparents are Rosalie Varos Gonzales and the late Simon Gonzales.