From: Howard County, Md
Educated at: Delone Catholic High School
Family: The Hernandez family! Bernie (my strange father - musician), DeSales (stay at home mom/piano teacher), Lizzy (19 - pre-vet major at Fransician University of Steubenville Ohio, we share a birthday I will forever remain her favorite birthday present), Andrew (16 - recently permitted driver, football/basketball/baseball player at Delone), Gabe (15 - same athletics as Andrew, as well as a "talented" rapper, right up there with his idols Eminem and Wiz Khalifa), Joe (13 - Smart, athletic, artistic, always dancing and pretending he is a rock star, keeps up with the big boys and our competitive dad), Becky (12 - little mother to the next feature, also honestly the sweetest/most generous and loving person I know. She is also quite the sax player and singer), Pete (5 - cutest kid in the fam, doesn't even back talk because he has autism and is nonverbal, but he knows how to make anyone smile, and he will freely give out kisses on the cheek.)
Job: Dietary Aide at Homewood at Plum Creek
Job's reward: I love all the residents and the extra food that I get to eat.
What I hate about my job: When my favorite residents die
Very first job was: Ice cream girl at Ben and Scooters
Favorite food: Anything edible probably tacos
Pets: Stella, the forever barking dog to add some much needed noise to our "tranquil home," it is often mistaken for a fox; a hermit crab that someone forgot to put back, so it's crawling around the house somewhere (no worries, there are plenty of crumbs on the floor for it to munch on)
Hero: Mother Theresa
Hobbies: Dancing, singing, writing songs, hanging out with people I love, attempting to surf
Pet peeves: When people snuffle repeatedly and refuse to blow their nose like COME ON!
You collect: My old pointe shoes, I think every dancer does though.
Best friend: Kylie Doherty - the funniest chick I know.
You would like to have witnessed what event in history: The resurrection of Christ
Event that changed your life: A missions trip to Jamaica I went on in 2013 to help with the damage from Hurricane Sandy. I will never forget the experiences and memories from Annoto Bay. The people there had nothing, yet they had such inspirational and contagious joy. It totally changed my outlook on life and made me realize that you have all you need if you have God in your heart and people you love by you side.
Your scariest moment: Falling off a rock at Devil's Den
Your first memory: When Lizzy and I were 3 and 4, we made ourselves some cereal but we used salt instead of milk since it was the same color.
Trait inherited from parents: I can sing like my mom, and I have a dark complexion like my Ecuadorian father.
Piece of advice that you live by: Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Cor. 16:14
Who needs a hug? My friend Emily (she hates when people touch her).
Who needs a kick in the pants? ISIS
Favorite reading/author: Not much of a reader, but the Divergent series were awesome.
Favorite spot on earth: The beach with my cousins.
Website you visit most: YouTube listing to music or watching "So You Think You Can Dance" videos.
Would like concert tickets to see: Gosh, I can't pick one. Regina Spektor, Death Cab for Cutie, Sia, Tori Kelly (Honestly I love music so much I will see anyone, any genre).
One bad habit: PROCRASTINATING. With a capital P. No every letter.
3 items on your bucket list: Collaborate with Labrinth who sings "See Beneath Your Beautiful" (Because I bet Andrew that I would one day, and if he wins I owe him $1 million but hopefully he will forget about that when we're 80), Make it to the finals on "The Voice" or "American Idol," work as a medical missionary in foreign countries.
Five minutes with: My cousins and sisters at the beach.
What skill or lesson would you like to learn: I'd love to learn the guitar and piano as well as my dad.
What would people find surprising about you? I have a secret pet that no one knows about: A dingo dwelling in the basement cellar.
How would you like to be remembered? I want people to remember me as the kind girl who's ready to lend a helping hand and is always up for good, spontaneous fun.
- By Alex J. Hayes,
Times Managing Editor