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Lilliana Mancillas

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Lilliana MancillasPhoto courtesy of Capturé La Vie Images
Photographer: Julie Hill

Queen of Service

Last year, Lilliana Mancillas was recognized with Presidential Gold Community Service Award for achieving more than 3,000 hours of community service, most of which came from serving as an Army Combat Medic in the Army National Guard.

Mancillas, a biomedical science major, was crowned Miss Teen Texas United America at the Texas United America Pageant held last fall in San Antonio, Texas.

To be considered for the prestigious title, Mancillas had to be enrolled in school, have aspirations of becoming a role model for the state of Texas, and already completed community service hours.

“Since it was my first semester of college, balancing school, the Army, and pageantry responsibilities was a bit challenging at the beginning,” said Mancillas. “Being so involved, however, taught me that no matter what the challenges are, I can get through anything.”

As an Army Combat Medic, Mancillas provides medical treatment to wounded troops in active service and administers advanced training to learn the necessary medical skills.

“I graduated from high school a semester early so I could complete training in time to start college in the fall,” said Mancillas. “I currently drill one weekend a month at Martindale Airfield Base.”

Mancillas is currently on the pre-dental track in hopes of one day become a dentist for children with special needs.

“Volunteering with children who have special needs taught me to appreciate the little things in life,” said Mancillas. “As long as I can make a difference to one of these children, I will be happy.”