In 1992, the Southwest Orlando Bulletin — then just a little more than 6 years old — introduced what has become a Southwest Orlando institution — the annual Best Mom in Southwest contest. Now in its 21st year, the contest has grown from just 300 entries in that first year to almost 1,000 submissions in 2012. What started as a contest for school-age children is now a way for child and adult residents alike to express to their moms how important they truly are. It seems that mothers are perpetually protecting their children from the ills of the world, tirelessly cooking and cleaning, and preparing their children for adult life, all while managing to somehow be the kindest and gentlest women, despite occasionally having to dole out discipline. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Ian Manubens, overall winner; Morgan McCain, 13-and-older winner; Isabella Hernandez, 9-12 winner; and Sabrina Violtat, 8-younger winner, and all of our honorable mentions. They join a long list of past participants who believe that their mothers truly are the best.
Overall winnerIan Manubens, 14Keene’s PointeBest Mom: Nancy Manubens
13-and-older winnerMorgan McCain, 13Cypress PointBest Mom: Jennifer McCain
Morgan McCain of Cypress Point, winner in the 13-and-older age group, is pictured with best mom Jennifer McCain.
9-12 winnerIsabella Hernandez, 12Winter GardenBest Mom: Awilda Hernandez
Isabella Hernandez of Winter Garden, winner in the 9-12 age group, is pictured with best mom Awilda Hernandez.
8-and-younger winnerSabrina Violtat, 8Dr. PhillipsBest Mom: Luciana Violtat
Sabrina Violtat of Dr. Phillips, winner in the 8-and-younger age group, is pictured with best mom Luciana Violtat.
My mom, Luciana, came from Salvador, Brazil, to the U.S. to help her sister and learn English. She was married in Las Vegas, where I was born. After three years, we moved to Orlando for a better life.As soon as we arrived, my mom had already done her research about the best schools, sports, places to visit and more. She dedicated her time to guide me and give me the best education I could get. I remember we used to go to the library for story time, kids programs and to get tons of books on all kinds of topics. My mom always tells me that knowledge is essential.When I was 6, my mom started taking English as a second language so she could help me with my homework and prepare for college. Since she started college, I have learned so much about philosophy, humanities and more, because she shares what she learns, and I now know what it takes to be an excellent student.I am so proud of my mom. She encourages me and tells me to do my best. She taught me to enjoy reading and art, respect others, give, love animals, dance, be organized and creative, pray, make friends, have fun and be myself. Thank you, Mom, for teaching me to be loved and love back.
My mother, Lori Ann Bontell, is a kind, compassionate and generous mother. She leads by example and teaches those around her extremely valuable lessons. Some of the qualities that I admire about my mother are her love and support, unwavering work ethic and enduring role as a teacher.My mother encourages me and many others to use our God-given talents and abilities to our full potential. Whether she is cheering me on in the stands during sports or helping me through a difficult situation, she is always there for me. My mother’s efforts motivate me in all that I do.Another attribute I love about my mother is the drive and passion she places into everything she does. She works hard managing our home, activities and school schedules. Striving to make me a better Christian, she takes me to Mass almost every day. My mother’s hard work inspires me to persevere in all that I do.My mother is a great teacher. By explaining lessons really well, she makes them easy to complete. If I need help, she is incredibly patient with me. Turning something that is extremely boring into something quite interesting is her specialty.My mother is a remarkable woman who continues to push me and others to be better people. Through her shining example, she encourages others to work hard and never give up. I am very blessed to have a mother who is so loving, supportive and hardworking toward me, my family and others.Matthew Bontell, 13Westminster Landing
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