The Taos Fiesta Council has selected Mariana Fatima Jimenez-Gonzales, one of the 2018 princesas, to serve the remainder of the fiesta year as queen.
She takes the place of Savannah Romero, who was chosen La Reina de la Fiesta in 2017, but recently resigned. Romero declined to speak about her decision.
Joseph Quintana, Taos Fiesta Council treasurer, said this is not the first time a Taos fiesta queen has resigned. He said a procedure is in place to choose a successor when it happens.
An official auditor takes the judges' scores during the fiesta contest for la reina and places the final tallies into a closed envelope. Should the queen resign, the envelope is opened by the fiesta auditor and the princesa with the second highest score is named the new la reina, Quintana said.
Jimenez-Gonzales will graduate from Taos High School this year. She is an honor student, enrolled in advance placement classes and is a member of the Honor Society. She is active in Health Occupation Students of America and in the Chem Club, helping elementary students with science fairs.
She is a violinist with Mariachi El Tigre and loves to sing. She is also an active member of the Outlaws 4H Club, competing in crafts, such as crocheting, braiding and various shooting sports, such as hunting and archery, according to her biography on the Taos Fiesta website.
Jimenez-Gonzales is exploring a career in forensic pathology.
She is the daughter of Jenice Gonzales-Gallegos and Celedon Gallegos of El Prado, and Genaro Jimenez and Jennifer DeBow of Talpa. Her maternal grandparents are MaryAnn Martinez and Johnny Gonzales. Her paternal grandparents are Maria and Alex Gallegos, Isabel Aguilar and Daniel Jimenez.
The 2018 Fiestas de Taos will be held July 20-22 and a new la reina will be selected for the new year.