Nicole Gladys Gutierrez: Teen Miss Barstow
Nicole Gladys Gutierrez: Teen Miss Barstow
Nicole was born April 25 in Apple Valley, CA. She is 16 years old and a junior at Barstow High School. She is the daughter of Susan and Ray Gutierrez and has an older brother, Anthony and a little sister, Katelyn. She has lived in Barstow her entire life. She feels very lucky to have most of her family live here. They are her support system in all of her endeavors. She likes to watch movies and go quad riding in the desert with her family and she enjoys spending time with both of her grandparents and attend church with them regularly.
When Nicole was younger, she tried all of the activities Barstow had to offer. Since her brother enjoyed playing sports her parents thought she should try — one season of T-ball and she knew it wasn’t for her. She started dancing at the age of five and continue to do so. She did her first Miss Barstow Pageant at the age of four, which opened the doors to the world of pageantry and with the help of her family, friends and Leonard Purdy, she has been able to participate in this hobby ever since. She has competed in every type of pageant from natural to all out glitz. Pageantry introduced her to community service in Barstow and all throughout the high desert. She has been lucky enough to help with the Ronald McDonald House, Holiday Meals, Toys for Tots, Relay for Life, Cops and Kids, Desert Manna, Habitat for Humanity and Soup Kitchens.
At school, Nicole participate in ASB, Tall Flags, Varsity Cheer and a few clubs here and there. Currently, she is taking a few AP classes to help her prepare for the life of a college student after graduating from Barstow High School in 2014.
Q: Describe a special memory you have in the High Desert?
A: I have way too many to just pick one. I, of course, have all of my firsts: dance recital, pageant, first day of school, sports game and school dance. Then there are the typical memories of birthday parties, slumber parties, going to the movies and hanging out with my friends. I think though the most special memory that I have is riding my quad with my family in our desert.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: When I have free time, I enjoy traveling to Vegas or the LA area to watch musicals, my current favorite is Les Mis but my all-time favorite is Phantom. Also, my family and I take road trips around California and Arizona just to see different things. I like to go to the Drive-In, even in the wintertime. I enjoy dancing (it calms my soul) and baking which I am getting better at.
Q: Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you.
A: I know that I am only to give one but there are a few. Most people don’t know that my first family trip was to Oregon, when I was less than a month old. When I was younger, I was an avid collector of rocks and sand dollars (the ones from Florida are the biggest I have ever seen!) and my little sister gives me an excuse to watch any and all Disney movies.
Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
A: There are so many things that I would change if I had the power to change them, but most of all I would change the way doctors and insurance companies work together. I think that sometimes insurance companies do not have the patient’s best interest at heart. If a doctor orders a procedure then it should be done; an insurance company shouldn’t have the power to decide if the patient needs it or not.
Q: If you could change one thing about the high desert, what would it be?
A: The weather! Don’t get me wrong, I love that I can wear shorts in winter time, but I would like to see snow on a yearly basis outside my front door and around the town of Barstow. It seems everyone else gets it but us.
Q: What one person living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why?
A: I would like to throw a dinner party with four people who I admire for their beliefs, strength and perseverance. The first is my Uncle Donnie, who passed away suddenly; to spend more time with him, to have him just be here and talk with him would make my heart happy. My adopted grandpa Jerry, who let me be his granddaughter because his grandkids lived so far away and always supported me in all my fundraisers for school and activities. Rosa Parks, because I have always admired her strength for standing up or rather sitting down for what she believed was fair and right. Finally, I would like to invite Carrie Underwood, because she has learned to balance her career and personal life and is able to do so with integrity and pride.
Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?
A: Both sets of my grandparents have had a huge influence on my life. Besides always supporting me, they tell me to strive for the unobtainable, to remain humble and turn to God when nothing goes right and to thank God when everything goes right. I love them all with my whole heart and am thankful each day to have them in my life.
Q: What talent do you most wish you had?
A: AHHH, I would love to be able sing. I try to hold a tune and belt it out but it doesn’t sound so good, but I keep trying and I believe that one day my family will tell me it sounds good.
Q: What is your favorite quotation?
A: “Stand up for what you believe in, even if you have to stand alone.” — Rosa Parks
Q: What words of advice would you give the next generation?
A: Just because something does not go in your favor doesn’t mean you should give up, but rather continue to try even if someone or something is telling you that you are not going to make it or don’t deserve it. It is your job to continue to try no matter what the obstacles are. Things aren’t handed to you, you have to work for it so that you will appreciate it when you achieve or get it.
Q: Tell us about the charities or causes that are close you your heart and why?
A: Holiday Meals is very dear to my heart. I have been participating with this charity as long as I can remember. I see how the community comes together and helps each other out. It also has taught me to appreciate what I have and how to share it with those who need it most. I will always volunteer with this program with or without a crown.
Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?
A: That whether I win or lose, it is how I play and it is the memories and friendships that I make along the way that are important.
Q: What is your favorite movie and why?
A: I have two. I can watch Flicka anytime, even though I know what happens and it makes me cry; I still watch it. If I am having a bad day, I watch the movie Talladega Nights; it will make you laugh… even if you don’t want to.
Q: Tell us about your favorite thing in the High Desert?
A: Quad riding in the desert, seeing all the beautiful things the desert has to offer.
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: Although, I don’t have a paying job, I look at being Teen Miss Barstow as a job, it is a volunteering one. I am one of the official ambassadors to Barstow and I have enjoyed it immensely. I am able to meet and work with those who are working to make Barstow a better place to live, work and play. The absolute best part of this job is the doors that are opened to the title holders. I am beginning to create my own network of people who I can rely on to help me achieve my goals.
Q: What book had a significant impact on you?
A: A child called “IT”. It makes me see that I am blessed with the family that I have.
Q: Of all the places you’ve been, what is your favorite and why?
A: I was lucky enough to be born into a family that likes to travel. I have been through almost every single state in the Union. A few years back, I traveled with my grandparents to Florida in their motor home and then on up the east coast where I got to see my dream school, Johns Hopkins University. But I have to say my most favorite of all places has to be the Gulf of Mexico, near St. Petersburg, Florida. The clear water, the sand, the daily 4 o’clock thunder/rain storms made it a perfect place to visit, but I could do without the humidity.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: Europe — specifically to the Dachau concentration camp. I have read a lot about this camp and the others like it. I would like the opportunity to experience one, in person because then I think I will really be able to understand what they have been through because people who have been to a concentration camp say you can “feel it” in the air.
Q: Tell us one thing that you want to accomplish in life.
A: Go to and graduate from college. To be a general pediatrician or a pediatric oncologist and to continue to serve my community by volunteering at places like a Senior Citizen Center, Boys and Girls Club, Desert Manna, the library, schools or for Holiday Meals, Relay for Life, Cops and Kids.
Q: What is your favorite place to eat in the High Desert?
A: I like to eat everything except sea food. Every restaurant has a little something that I like, but I don’t really have a favorite place to eat. If I had to pick I would say my house, my dad is an amazing cook.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: I see myself as a pediatrician, but in reality I should be just finishing up my schooling and in a stage of residency in a hospital somewhere. I also see myself still volunteering in whatever community I live it.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say?
A: First and foremost, I would like to thank Leonard Purdy for always willing to help me when ever asked. He is an amazing man who has always been there for me. Also, I’d like to thank-you to Matt and Janelle of Superior Supplement Source, Odelia Soto of Nail House Rock and Chelsea Soto for supporting me this past year. And secondly, you don’t need a crown, a sash or belong to a group to volunteer, just get out and do it. Don’t rely on someone else in the community to volunteer. There are always things to help with in this town, after all Barstow is the little town with a huge heart.