As a Staff Sergeant in the California Army National Guard, Nancy Chapa has seen many different cultures and communities around the world including those in Kosovo and Iraq.


Chapa was born in Los Angeles, raised most of her life in Ontario, graduated from Chaffey High School and moved to the High Desert in 2004 along with her parents and three brothers. She now lives in Hesperia with her husband and son.



Q: Describe a special memory you have in the High Desert.


A: The birth of my handsome little man on Oct. 28, 2006 at Desert Valley Hospital.



Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.


A: That I have five tattoos yikes!



Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?


A: That no child suffer of hunger, domestic violence or be homeless.



Q: If you could change one thing about the High Desert, what would it be?


A: Absolutely nothing. We have a Walmart and Target.



Q: What do you do in your free time?


A: Play soccer, I help the children's director from my church with some of the kids classes and attend Church of God of Prophecy.



Q: What is your favorite quotation?


A: A very popular one by Eleanor Roosevelt: "Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent."



Q: What person, living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why?


A: Salvatore Augustine Giunata, the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor. One can always say and wonder what we would do if we found ourselves alone with the enemy in combat. He lived it and fought with bravery. I would love to hear his life story and what shaped him into the hero he has become.



Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?


A: First my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, then my mom. A fighter and strong woman in God never gives up on her children. I only pray that God continues to bless my life through her example and good testimony.



Q: What talent do you most wish you had?


A: Singing. Oh I love to sing, I just wish I didn't hurt everyone's ears by doing it.



Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?


A: My tour in Iraq, 2008-09. Always proud to serve this great country that fights for freedom.



Q: What's your favorite movie and why?


A: "Forrest Gump." It's like a history timeline. Every time I watch it I catch something new, and I love Tom Hanks.



Q: What book had a significant impact on you?


A: The Bible.



Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about living in the High Desert?


A: Beautiful clear night skies.



Q: Of all the places you've been, what's your favorite and why?


A: Kosovo; it's where I met the love of my life. Five years and still going.



Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?


A: Paris; it always looks so beautiful on postcards.



Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.


A: A successful career in teaching.



Q: What's your favorite place to eat in the High Desert?


A: Golden Gate yum!



Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?


A: Teaching physical education at Chaffey High School.



Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?


A: Red velvet cake!



Q: What words of advice do you have for the next generation?


A: You don't know this yet but your parents really are always right!


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