The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here…the crowning of the 2019 Cowboy Homecoming Queen! One of four amazing young ladies – Valentina Gasca, Gabby Martinez, Grace Izaguirre and Elena Ortiz – will bear the title Pleasanton’s 53rd Cowboy Homecoming Queen. The ceremony will take place tonight, March 8 inside the show barn arena at 6 p.m. following the Little Mister and Miss Cowboy Homecoming Pageant. Please read these exclusive interviews by Pleasanton Express reporter, Rebecca Pesqueda and the queen candidates.
Valentina is a 15-year-old freshman at Pleasanton High School and the daughter of Silvia Tellez and Danny Munguia.
What does Cowboy Homecoming mean to you? Getting the opportunity to meet new people and go into other communities representing our city.
Favorite Cowboy Homecoming tradition: I really don’t know all that much about Cowboy Homecoming, but I just love the vibes of any festival and being with friends.
What made you want to be a part of the Cowboy Homecoming Court? I’ve heard it’s a fun experience, plus it’s an opportunity for me to make new friends, meet new people and represent my community.
Is it worth it? Yes. I’ve gotten to know the girls more and we’ve all become good friends. It’s also a chance for my family to get more involved with our city.
Gabby is a 15-year-old sophomore at PHS and the daughter of Maricella Palacios.
What does Cowboy Homecoming mean to you? It’s about a group of young ladies who have a passion for their town and a desire to help their community. It’s an opportunity for girls to put themselves out there and show them you can do anything.
Favorite Cowboy Homecoming tradition: The parade. Seeing everyone’s personalities and character on the floats. You’re showing your community who you are as a person, business and organization.
What made you want to be a part of the Cowboy Homecoming Court? I have always been really shy and this gives me the opportunity to help with my public speaking skills and be comfortable in front of a large group of people.
Is it worth it? Definitely. All of us (girls) have become the greatest of friends throughout the process.
Grace Abigail Izaguirre
Abby is a 16-year-old junior at PHS and the daughter of Linda and Reynaldo Izaguirre.
What does Cowboy Homecoming mean to you? It’s an opportunity for me to use my platform as a foster kid to help others who are aging out of the system.
Favorite Cowboy Homecoming tradition: I’m not entirely sure. I’m kind of new to the school and the town.
What made you want to be a part of the Cowboy Homecoming Court? I want to be a role model for foster kids and let them know it’s going to be okay. They can do anything despite their situation. They can turn something bad into something good.
Is it worth it? Yes. It’s really fun. I like that I’m meeting new people in the whole process and making new friends.
Elena is a 17-year-old junior at PHS and the daughter of Sonya Ortiz, Reynaldo Talamantez, Jr. and Nancy Talamantez.
What does Cowboy Homecoming mean to you? Representing our city as in the cowboy way of life. Not just the way they dressed, but their way of life: working hard and being respectful and well-mannered.
Favorite Cowboy Homecoming tradition: The coronation ceremony. The anxiety of wanting to know who will win and knowing no matter what, you’re still representing your city.
What made you want to be a part of the Cowboy Homecoming Court? I’m trying new things this year. I also want to represent my town and be a role model for younger girls: if you can dream it, you can do it. No dream is too big.
Is it worth it? Win or lose, yes. I’ve gotten out of my comfort zone and I get to represent my town.