ALAMOSA — Whitney Thong, Alamosa High School’s 2022 homecoming queen, will be honored as this year’s “Miss Merry Christmas” and will be joined by Little Miss Marci Ortiz and Little Mister Marques Martinez in the Valley Courier’s annual special edition on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Whitney’s sister Vanessa was crowned “Miss Merry Christmas” in 2017 after winning the homecoming queen honor that year.
Their family are owners of Lucky Bamboo Chinese Restaurant here and former owners of Maywa Restaurant where Whitney has served as a hostess, waitress and table busser. She is also a marketing assistant for Mountain West Insurance.
Whitney is a senior at Alamosa High School and is also taking classes at Adams State and Trinidad State with plans to pursue a degree in radiology following her graduation. She has been involved in a number of activities at AHS including cross country and track and field, and currently serves as president of the student council and vice president of the National Honor Society.
She also participates in the AHS student tutoring center and school district steering committee, as well as achieving a CPR certification, participation in mock trial, Key Club, Upward Bound in math and science, Science Olympiad and RISE internship.
Little Miss Marci Ortiz, 5, attends Trinity Lutheran School in Alamosa and is the granddaughter of Dennis and Dawn Ortiz.
Little Mister Marques Martinez, 6, is a student at Alamosa Elementary and is the son of Aaron and Vanessa Martinez. His sister, Nicolette, was Little Miss Merry Christmas in 2011 and his aunt, Sophia Griego Avila, was Miss Merry Christmas in 2001.
The Little Miss and Mister winners were drawn from several entries submitted for both honors.