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Queen of Festivals, princesses reign over 2019 Willmar Fests events this week

Leslie Alvarez, Queen of Festivals Leslie Alvarez is the daughter of Dulce Alvarez. She is a 2017 graduate from Willmar Senior High School. During the span of her education, she was very active in both orchestra and band. During her senior year o...

Queen of FestivalsLeslie Alvarez
Queen of Festivals Leslie Alvarez

Leslie Alvarez, Queen of Festivals

Leslie Alvarez is the daughter of Dulce Alvarez. She is a 2017 graduate from Willmar Senior High School.

During the span of her education, she was very active in both orchestra and band. During her senior year of high school she became a sales associate at Glo' Studio.

She is now enrolled at the University of Sioux Falls where she is on the pre-health track with a double major in biology and chemistry. She hopes to continue her education by attending medical school and going on to becoming a doctor in the neurological field.
While attending college she is very active in the community, spending time volunteering.

Leslie is currently on staff at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center. Despite being born to a teen mom and being raised in a single-parent household, she has constantly proven that one does not need the picture-perfect household in order to achieve her goals.

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In her free time, Leslie enjoys baking, reading, spending time with her family and friends and painting.

Staci Banks, International Princess

Staci Banks is the daughter of Earl and Deb Banks. She is a 2017 graduate from Willmar Senior High School.

During school, Staci was involved in volleyball, softball and Cardettes. She was also on the yearbook committee her senior year. Staci received letter awards in volleyball and in dance.

She is now enrolled at Ridgewater College where she is pursuing a business degree. Staci is also continuing to play volleyball as a Ridgewater Warrior. She hopes to one day own her own doggy daycare business. She is very passionate about animals and is an animal lover.

Staci is currently a dietary aid at Bethesda nursing home. In her spare time, Staci enjoys going fishing, being outdoors, working out, hanging out with friends and family, playing with her two cats and her dog, watching Netflix or Hulu and eating.

Carly Hulstein, Aqua Princess

Carly Hulstein is the daughter of Jason and Amy Hulstein. She is a 2017 highest honors and academic distinction graduate from Willmar Senior High School.

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While in high school, Carly was very active in music and participated in band, choir, fall musicals, 2701 and Solo Ensemble, earning a superior rating in all performances. In high school, she earned a letter in academics all four years and a letter in varsity softball for three years. During her senior year she served as Willmar's varsity softball captain. She was a member of the yearbook committee, National Honor Society, and Key Club where she served as vice president. Carly was also a Respect Retreat leader as well as a student representative for the Lions Club.

Throughout high school, Carly was also active in her church community as she was a member of the Vinje Shalom Church Choir and a Sunday School teacher.

Carly is currently furthering her education at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, where she plans to major in elementary education with an endorsement in middle school mathematics.

In her free time, Carly enjoys watching her brothers play baseball, babysitting, spending time on the boat with her family, and volunteering in various elementary school classrooms.

Sharon and Gary Mages, Senior Ambassadors
Retired farmers from Renville County, Sharon and Gary Mages have been married 49 years. Since retiring in 2012, they have been very active at the Willmar Community Center.

Harper Wilson, Junior Princess
Oscar Lopez, Junior Prince
Harper Wilson and Oscar Lopez were named junior ambassadors for Willmar Fests during the Block Party festivities in 2018.

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