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From marching to riding in Almond Blossom parade

Almond Blossom queen hopeful Alyssa Drennan is the daughter of Jerry and Lisa Drennan.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED January 17, 2013 12:59 a.m.

Alyssa Drennan has been in the Almond Blossom Parade before.

Multiple times in fact.

As a longtime participant in Ripon band programs Drennan has had the opportunity to see the people as they line up along Main Street and feel the electricity that comes with the biggest event of the year.

But there was always something about the Almond Queen contestants that stood out to the Ripon High senior. The pretty dresses. The pretty cars.

And next month she’ll get the opportunity to see what it’s like to be wearing one of those dresses as she rides down Main Street in a car of her own as one of the 2013 Miss Almond Blossom candidates. Seeking the title is a goal that she set for herself as she tries to soak up the experiences of her last year in high school.

“Just the experience is what I’m looking forward to the most,” she said. “I already know all of the girls, but this will give me a chance at building confidence with my public speaking and applying myself in the world – not being afraid to walk up and ask somebody or a question or talk to them in any setting.”

With nine years of trumpet under her belt, Drennan takes her band participation seriously – not only marching in the Almond Blossom festival but playing at every home football game, the Ripon High staff Christmas party and multiple community concerts.

She also plays piano and enjoys listening to piano music.

Her involvement with Future Farmers of America – raising swine and participating as a member of the poultry judging team – adds to her list of extracurricular activities which also includes the FFA’s Beth Haven Craft program, which she runs.

Getting away, however, is how she chooses to unwind – opting for quad-riding, camping and shooting when she has a chance to escape into the outdoors.

And then there is working with others.

“I love working with children, the elderly and special needs people that I surround myself with everyday,” she said. “All through school my best friends have been special needs children.

“I love working in my church nursery teaching children about God every Sunday, and working with the elderly at Beth Haven Retirement Home helping them with crafts and games and some daily chores.

“I like Ripon because it’s a small community and you really get the chance to get to know people. You really get to see that at the Almond Blossom Festival. It’s something that the whole community comes out to.”

Drennan is the daughter of Jerry and Lisa Drennan. She was born in Ripon, moved to Virginia for four years before moving back, and has lived in Ripon ever since.

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