She was going to compete in the Miss Teen Western Week pageant that day. It was an event she went on to win.
But another surprise came that day in the mail. It was a large envelope from the White House in Washington, D.C., and it contained a personal message from First Lady Michelle Obama.
“Dear Christina,” the letter started.
“I am pleased to join your family and friends in offering my congratulations, and I hope you take pride in all you have accomplished.
“As first lady, I have no greater joy than learning about the remarkable students across our country that are working hard in school, dreaming big dreams and improving their communities. Every American, no matter what age, has a special role to play in leading us to a better tomorrow, and I hope you continue to put your best effort into everything you do.
“Again, congratulations. I wish you all the best.
“Sincerely, Michelle Obama.”
In the letter, Mrs. Obama was referring to Christina’s efforts in recent years in raising money to end childhood hunger.
Christina has been participating in the “Great American Bake Sale” event each year at her home in an effort to raise money to provide food for hungry children.
The 13-year-old student at Moreno Middle School also has donated her baby-sitting money at the end of each summer to buy school supplies for students who cannot afford them.
Christina sent her letter to the White House on July 17, telling Mrs. Obama that she had followed her in the news, in magazines, books and on television. She said she was most proud of the way Mrs. Obama had promoted efforts to see that American children grow up to be strong and healthy.
In addition to the letter from Mrs. Obama, Christina found color photos of the White House, Mrs. Obama with the family dog, Bo, and autographed photos of the family.
Christina is the daughter of Victor and Daisy Hinojosa.