“When I grow up, I want to be just like you.”
Words quite commonly spoken in households across the United States, such a phrase is sure to melt any parent’s heart without fail. Hearing that one’s own child is striving to meet the standards and morals they live by is the ultimate form of flattery.
Just imagine the pride a parent would feel in saying it to their child.
That feeling has been known to Angelic De La Cruz for some time now. Her daughter, Gabrielle De La Cruz, has long been considered mature beyond her years. With a life goal of building orphanages in foreign countries, the younger De La Cruz, a proud member of Cornerstone Church in Maumee, has lived her life as an ambassador of her faith.
A graduate of Wauseon High School, De La Cruz selected Bluffton University as the platform to advance her academic career, due in part to the religious aspects of the school. Immediately, she knew she had made the right decision, as her mother can attest.
“She just kind of went in there and loved it.” Angelique recalled.
Perhaps her favorite part of university life, however, has been building relationships with as many people on campus as possible. This was nothing new for De La Cruz, as she was quite active socially in high school with organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Girl’s Christian Fellowship.
Now, at Bluffton, De La Cruz serves as the Chaplain of Ramsyer Hall on campus, as well as the Chaplain/Vice President of the Multicultural Affairs Student Organization. The campus radio station, WBWH has also been a part of Cruz’s college experience. Not only that, but she has worked as a mentor for Project H.O.M.E. (Hope, Opportunity, Mentorship, and Education), and even gives tours of the campus.
None of this came as a surprise to Angelic, who knew her daughter would thrive in her new environment.
“She’s my social butterfly.”
Spreading her wings at Bluffton, De La Cruz has gained the attention of her peers. In fact, her outgoing nature is likely what earned her a nomination for 2014 Homecoming Queen, and it most certainly played a part in her being crowned Queen at halftime of the Beavers 20-14 victory over Hanover.
While most girls would have simply been excited to be crowned, De La Cruz was a bit conflicted. Obviously honored at the accomplishment, she never dreamed or fantasized about being a princess as a kid. Instead, she was active in sports, and pretended to be a rescuer or superhero as a child. Being Homecoming Queen wasn’t something she would naturally want. Therefore, she was slightly humbled at being crowned.
“She asked me not to tell anyone on Facebook,” Angelic chuckled, “ so I started (text) messaging people right away.”
While it surely won’t mean as much to her as when she earns her degree in Early Childhood Development with minors in Business and Communications in May of 2015, being elected Homecoming Queen will likely be a highlight of De La Cruz’s collegiate career.
Even if the king happened to be from Archbold.