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Miss Fiesta San Antonio 2008 is a Trinity Sophomore
By Susie P. Gonzalez

April 2008

Trinity Sophomore Ashley Mayle has gone from winner of her fifth grade spelling bee at Laurie Auditorium to president of her high school senior class to Miss Schertz to rush chair of her sorority to Miss Fiesta San Antonio 2008. Good thing that her philosophy is: “The more things I have to do, the happier I am.”

The daughter of Donna and Robert Mayle of Schertz, Ashley said she felt like she fit in at Trinity from her first campus visit. She holds leadership positions with the pre-law fraternity and the children’s shelter initiative of Trinity University Volunteer Action Committee. She plans to double major in political science and business administration and is mulling over options to attend law school and a possible future as a juvenile court judge or a business career after earning an MBA.

Enrolled in 15 hours this semester, she breezed through a micro-economics exam in early February to put the finishing touches on Bid Day for her social sorority, Sigma Theta Tau. Once bids were issued to the new actives, she left campus for a dress rehearsal for the Miss Fiesta Scholarship Pageant. She remained calm despite a wardrobe glitch involving the hem of her evening gown and rebounded the next morning for the big event in the Charline McCombs Empire Theater. 

She had undergone a grueling rehearsal schedule involving three to four hours every Saturday for five months. In place of a talent competition, the pageant requires contestants to perform a two-minute monologue showcasing a historical figure. Drawing upon her theatrical productions at Incarnate Word High School, Ashley chose Adina de Zavala, who was responsible for preserving the barracks after the fall of the Alamo. “She was very passionate and barricaded herself for three days in front of the Alamo to preserve it.”

This year’s pageant had 15 finalists – Ashley was second to the youngest (at age 19) but she was the tallest (at 5’ 8 ½ ”.)  When the emcee called her contestant number as the winner, she said her knees buckled. “It’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in my life.” In addition to a tiara and the cool factor of being Miss Fiesta, Ashley won a $3,000 college scholarship. This month, she will visit schools and nursing homes and appear in Fiesta parades.

When she returned to campus after the pageant, her residence hall room was filled with 10 bouquets of pink flowers, pink streamers, and cards. (Pink is her favorite color.) “Students on campus have been wonderful. It’s all over Facebook, and people I don’t even know have come up to me and given me a hug. Everyone has been so supportive.” That includes 27 of her sorority sisters who cheered wildly as she was crowned. “I did this because I love Trinity and I want to be involved in Trinity. I want to be involved in my community as well. I want to serve the community. I didn’t do this as a resume builder. I genuinely want to serve.”

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