Hello, my name is Kenia Portilla, i was born in a little town called Rio Grande City in Texas! My parents are from Mexico, and came to the United States to give me a better chance in education. Growing up Spanish was my first language. As time passed i developed a love for "novelas" which are Spanish soap operas. I began to sing and dance on my free time, therefore my mom decided to put me in dance lessons.
i developed a love for dance, all types! Unfortunately my mom is a single mother who is undocumented, so we were short on money and i had to quit dancing. When i entered 4th grade in public school i got to try out for the cheer team and fell in love! Soon enough 5th grade came around and i became head cheerleader. I would try to get rides with my neighbor which was in the team also. I gave it my all and made it work! Going into middle school i made the drill team my first 2 years then the cheer-squad! Throughout all those years i fundraised to afford my uniforms to help my mom out! Going into high school, i tried out for the cheer team and didn't make it! i was devastated! i didn't meet the requirements when it came to doing flips, i understood my mom couldn't afford to put me in tumbling lessons so i just kept my head up and tried something new! I tried out for the softball team and made it! It was such a great experience, i met awesome people and learned many new skills. Sophomore year came around and i didn't give up on my dream of being a varsity cheerleader, i practiced really hard at home and i made the team! Junior year came around and i was chosen as head Captain of the team!! It was the first time in history that a junior became captain! Senior year i was chosen as head Captain twice in a row! i couldn't believe it! I was so honored and at that moment i knew everything was worth it. Most of all i was so happy to see how proud my mother was! So i spend my time cheering and dancing. I also love to bake, i got 3rd place at the annual baking competitions at the starr county fair, im in the national honors society, and like to spend time with my family and friends! :)