Lihu‘e girl vies for America’s Homecoming title

LIHU‘E — A Lihu‘e wahine has been selected to represent Hawai‘i in a national event on the Mainland next month to choose next America’s Homecoming Queen.

Shealynna Ringor, a Kaua‘i High School graduate, is the Hawai‘i Homecoming Queen, according to a release from the event’s organizers.

She is the daughter of Alfred and Sheila Ringor, and reigned over her school’s Red Raider homecoming in October, 2010.

“Kaua‘i High School has honored her by selecting her its Homecoming Queen and she has now been selected to represent Hawai‘i in our search for America’s Homecoming Queen,” America’s Homecoming Queen President Peggy Hester said in a press release.

The 31st Annual America’s Homecoming Queen Selection will be held July 23-27 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

“Shealynna is in need of much sponsors and help,” Sheila Ringor said. “We, as parents, are very proud of her and trying our best to help her with scholarship monies for her to attend Biola University in August with a major in ‘Communication Disorders.’”

Hester said Shealynna Ringor wants to be an example of God’s love through her actions by helping younger girls with their self-esteem.

“The way the community recognizes me is an honor and I am grateful to also be an inspiring role model to other girls,” the Hawai‘i Homecoming Queen said in an email. “I accepted this award proud to represent my school, my community, my morals, family and friends.”

Ringor is highly involved in Young Life Capernaum, a club she helped open with Ana Munoz for teenagers with disabilities, partnering with other students to learn about each other, her mother said.

Additionally, Ringor was presented the state award for “Unified Partner of the Year” at the Special Olympics in early June.

“Volunteering with special need students has been a primary focus of mine,” Ringor said. “Helping create a club for disabled students to react with ‘typical’ students has only expanded the love I have for these students.”

She said while being honored at the Special Olympics, she felt extremely honored and overwhelmed with pride and joy.

“This is a rare achievement for a teenager,” Ringor said. “The idea of being selected as the only person in the state to represent the special needs’ community and to slowly break the isolation they receive gave me great satisfaction.”

She said she spent four weeks over a three-year period to volunteer in Tijuana, Mexico at an orphanage for children who need attention and love.

“Singing for the elderly care homes as well as our special needs club, Capernaum, has allowed me to share God’s love with all types of people,” Ringor said. “My constant dedication and love for my community is the essence of who I truly am.”

Hester said Ringor aspires to be a missionary in a poor foreign county.

People are able to help Ringor achieve her crown by voting online at $1 per vote. Visit www.americashomecomingqueen.com for more details on voting.

“This money will assist me as I participate in the pageant,” Ringor said. “Any extra money will go to a scholarship fund as I continue to show others the best of Hawai‘i when I attend Biola University this fall.”

Visit www.americashomecomingqueen.com for more information.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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