Spirit of Fiesta: Talia Ortega Vestal

Talia Ortega Vestal
Paul Wellman

Talia Ortega Vestal is no stranger to accomplishment. The hard-working Santa Barbara High School senior maintains a 4.4 GPA, is her school’s cheer and song leader, received a Global Leadership Ambassador scholarship, and was chosen as this year’s Spirit for Old Spanish Days. The Junior Spirit in 2009, Ortega Vestal been dancing since age 4 and does flamenco year-round. She performed at Old Spanish Days kickoff event Fiesta Pequeña, which took place Wednesday, July 30, at the Old Mission.

Junior Spirit: Natalie Mowers

Natalie Mowers
Paul Wellman

Competition is tough for the boys and girls who vie each year for Junior Spirit honor. This year’s coveted title went to 10-year-old Natalie Mowers. Mowers is a 4th grader at Hollister Elementary school, where science and social studies are her favorite subjects. She also loves playing soccer, surfing, and, of course, dancing. You can see Mowers show off her flamenco steps as she leads this year’s Desfile de los Niños (Children’s Parade) up State Street Saturday, August 2.


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