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7th Grader Nina Cabanyog Becomes Indio’s “Mayor for a Day”

Nina Cabanyog Nina, a 7th grader at John Glenn Middle School and Indio resident, had the opportunity to be the City of Indio’s “Mayor for a Day” on December 13, 2017, after her parents won  the interactive experience at an auction item at Amelia Earhart Elementary School’s annual gala fundraiser.

Surprising Nina with the opportunity as an early Christmas present, her mother, Angela, said the entire family agreed this would be a great gift for Nina – who is an energetic and high-achieving 12-year-old that has her sights set for big things in her future.

“As of right now, I’m interested in furthering my education at either Harvard or West Point – possibly as a medical or military officer – or maybe even the CIA or FBI,” said Nina.

Nina is well on her way to following her dreams. Her favorite subject is math, and she is a gray/white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She is also part of the Renaissance leadership group at John Glenn Middle School. Nina plans on attending Indio High School. 

During her day as the Indio Mayor, Councilmember Lupe Ramos Watson gave Nina a tour of City Hall –where she even found her name on the dais in City Council Chambers declaring her as mayor. She visited with Indio firefighters and even got to try on full firefighting gear. Nina also got to meet the Indio Police Chief Mike Washburn, and attended the Building Industry Association’s luncheon featuring the City of Indio – where she was able to see the City Manager, Mark Scott, and Mayor Mike Wilson, speak to a group of more than 200 attendees.

“This entire experience has been very interesting,” Nina added. “I could definitely see myself being mayor at some point in my life.”