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St. Pat’s Committee Selects Parade’s 2015 Irish Belle

Tiana Bender of Ventura has been selected to serve as this year’s Irish Belle for the 2015 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Parade begins at the San Buenaventura Mission on Saturday, March 14th at 10:00 am and moves up Main Street by the Judges Stand on Chestnut and continues on towards Cemetery Park.

Tiana is a junior at El Camino High school on the campus of Ventura College and has dual enrollments in both schools. She has earned a year of college credits at the College and is scheduled to graduate from high school in June of 2016. Tiana is also a second degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do and is a Specialty Trainer at Ventura ATA Martial Arts. When growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, at the age of thirteen Tiana was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a bone cancer. She underwent an intense year of chemotherapy and radiation and her cancer has been declared in remission for three years. Tiana’s short term goals are to graduate from high school and then college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. Her long term goals are to continue improving her teaching and professional skills and to open her own Martial Arts studio. Tiana says that “With a second chance in life, I want to inspire others to always be kind to those around you, especially those who are quiet or feel left out.”

Tiana’s duties as the Parade’s 4th Irish Belle are to attend promotional activities supporting the Parade and to ride in the convertible that leads the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Entry. Tim O’Neil, a Committee Member and Parade Announcer, said, “We are proud to have Tiana as our Irish Belle this year. Her courage and commitment to community service go hand in hand with our 2015 Parade theme to “Honor Our Troops”.


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