Jennifer Macalma Tambio, whose accolades in the Waimea High School Class of 2002 included class president, salutatorian, cheerleader, National Honor Society president and scholar-athlete, added another honor recently.
The school’s homecoming queen for 2001-2002 placed in the top 10 while representing not only her school and island, but the entire state, at the America’s Homecoming Queen National Finals.
Held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., the event included judging based on poise, personality and appearance, and featured evening-gown, interview, speech and essay phases.
In addition to being Waimea High’s homecoming queen and being selected to represent the state at the national queen finals, Tambio played tennis at Waimea.
She is the daughter of Michael and Dolores Tambio of Waimea, and was the first runner-up in this year’s Miss Kauai Filipina scholarship pageant.
This week, Tambio moves in at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., where she will begin nursing studies this fall.
Active in the LEO Club (as vice president), she was also president of CLOUDS (Community Leadership Opportunity Understanding Development Skills), and a CCD (Confraternity of the Christian Doctrine) teacher at St. Theresa’s Parish in Kekaha.
Tambio also represented Hawai’i at the National Student Leadership Conference, and received scholarships from Creighton University, Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation, McDonald’s of Hawaii, West Kauai Lions Club, Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Patricia Beck Health Services, Kauai Filipino Community Council, Kauai Filipino Women’s Club and St. Theresa’s Filipino Catholic Club.
America’s Homecoming Queen, Inc., which sponsors the national finals, was founded in 1981 by Peggy Hester for the purpose of promoting education and educational travel for high school homecoming queens in all 50 states.
Through the competition experience, young women who have shown outstanding leadership potential are given the opportunity to achieve their dreams and goals as leaders of tomorrow.
According to pageant organizers, the title of homecoming queen is more than a statement of beauty. It is a statement of dedication, determination, and leadership that queens provide their schools and communities.