View Mobile Site

From selling pies to Almond Blossom queen hopeful

Text Size: Small Large Medium
From selling pies to Almond Blossom queen hopeful

Almond Blossom queen hopeful Michaela Ratto is the daughter of Nick and Barbi Ratto.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED January 18, 2013 1:04 a.m.

Michaela Ratto always looked at the Almond Queen contestants as role models.

A longtime member of the Ripon 4-H, Ratto would work the booth at the group’s pie sale on the night of the Almond Blossom coronation and look at the older girls with such respect – the sense that they were something to aspire to become.

And next month she’s wearing the evening gown and standing tall with her hair done and her contestant sash on, the Ripon High senior hopes that she’ll get the chance to inspire a young girl the same way that those who came before did.

“I always wanted to be like them,” Ratto said. “They were so confident and I just felt like they would be good role models. Especially as a young girl looking up there and seeing them all.

“It’s something that I wanted to do.”

As the President of Ripon High’s FFA Chapter, Ratto travels extensively throughout the region – taking trips to Fresno and Chico for events – and builds friendships with those she meets along the way. Being funny, compassionate and open-minded, she said, has only helped her on her journey, and her devotion to 4-H hasn’t waned.

But staying involved in everything she can was something that she promised herself she’d do during her last year of high school.

So when she saw her friend Bailey Taberna participate last year – an d saw all of the fun that she had during the process – she knew that it was something that would fit right in with her senior plans.

“I just want to make some good memories,” she said. “I want to enjoy my senior year and have fun and get involved with everything that I can. I knew that this would be a great experience.”

Ratto has plans to attend Modesto Junior College. While she isn’t quite sure what she plans on majoring in, she wants to pursue a career that she feels will make a difference in the world.

She has been honored with a State FFA Degree in addition to her perfect attendance and honor roll commendations. She enjoys reading, knitting and watching movies and cites baking and sewing as some of her talents.

“The first thing that I ever made – chocolate chip cookies,” she said. “I’ve got a secret recipe. There’s a special ingredient in there. Maybe I’ll bring some for the other girls.

“I’m just hoping that this helps me become more confident. I think it’s going to be fun.”

She is the daughter of Nick and Barbi Ratto.

Commenting is not available.

Commenting not available.

Please wait ...