Guam Liberation Queen Kamarin Joy Arriola Nelson of Santa Rita is very proud to be a part of this year’s Guam Liberation Festivities.
“I would like to thank my family and friends for their undying support and encouragement,” says Nelson. “I would also like to thank the Santa Rita mayor, staff and residents for their support and guidance throughout my candidacy. It truly means a lot and from the bottom of my heart, thank you and God bless.”
Stripes Guam recently caught up with the 18-year-old to chat about what it feels like to be selected Liberation Queen.
Q. How do you feel?
A. Being able to represent my island is an amazing feeling. It is an honor to be the 74th Liberation Queen. I feel relieved knowing that all our hard work has paid off. It brought tears to my eyes when I was announced as the queen, I wanted this for so long and I will cherish my journey.
Q. What drove you to join the competition?
A. It was a lot of encouragement from my family and friends. They believed we could do it and supported me all the way. It’s an amazing position to fundraise for and knowing the history behind it, makes you want to be a part of it. Honoring those who sacrificed so much means a lot to me. It was a chance to experience something new and I went for it. I wanted to make my family, friends and the people of Santa Rita proud.
Q. How do you think of this coronation will affect or contribute to your future career?
A. It just goes to show that hard work and dedication will lead you to the outcome you want. It proved to me that if you set your mind to something, the results will be beautiful. It definitely has kept me humble and prepared me in a way for my future. It allows me to interact with people that can help with future goals. I would say that it led me to be a bigger person and set an example for children. I hope I am able to inspire kids to step out of their comfort zone and try something that you never thought you would do. Always believe in yourself because that alone will get you far in life.