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City Teen Will Sing Anthem at Convention

Journal Staff Report
    A 16-year-old Albuquerque High School student is scheduled to sing the national anthem when the Democratic National Convention opens Monday.
    Robyn Tonya Chavez said she's ready.
    "I'm very proud to represent New Mexico. New Mexico's an awesome state," Chavez said. "I love this state."
    Chavez won the Miss New Mexico Hispanic Teen pageant in 2003, and she attends the Advanced Technological Academy at Albuquerque High.
    "I practice every day like it's a sport that I do. Singing is my life, and I'm always doing it," she said.
    Her father, Robert Chavez, is a retired lieutenant from the Albuquerque Police Department. Her mother, JoAnna Chavez, is a nurse.
    JoAnna Chavez said she's proud that New Mexico's diversity, physical beauty and advanced technology will be highlighted at the convention.
    Robyn Tonya Chavez wants to pursue a college degree in broadcast journalism. In the meantime, she says her favorite quotation is from the late British dramatist George Bernard Shaw: "Some men see things as they are and say, 'Why'/I dream things that never were and say, 'Why not.' ''