Thump Queen

Queen of the 66th Annual Luling Watermelon Thump is Valerie Bermudez with Amanda Avalos as Princess and Sydney Jack as Duchess. 


Queen: Valerie Bermudez is the daughter of Gilbert and Marylou Bermudez. She is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

Valerie is a member of the youth group at St. John’s Catholic Church.

She participates in band, cheerleading, basketball, and track.

Her plans after high school include attending Texas Lutheran University to become a Nurse Specialist.

Valerie says that the Watermelon Thump is integral to Luling’s heritage because, “it’s the time of year where a full weekend is dedicated to Luling. Where the community and surrounding areas celebrate the town of Luling.”

Valerie thinks that she is a good candidate to represent the community and that’s why she decided to run for Watermelon Thump Queen.

“I am a section leader in the High School Band. I’ve been playing Varsity basketball since my Sophomore year and know what it takes to be a leader.”



Princess: Amanda Avalos is the daughter of Celia Avalos and Matthew Peck. She is a senior at Luling High School and is sponsored by the Luling Kiwanis Club.

Amanda is a member of Skills USA and the Key Club. She has been a member of Skills USA since her sophomore year, and was selected Director of Finances for the club.

Amanda is involved a Varsity Cheerleader and involved in band, where she serves as the Drumline Section Leader.

She is also involved in the Suzi Hughson School of Dance, and has been since she was two years old.

She says that, “being part of Key Club and Skills USA has given me the opportunity to work with the community in many ways.”

She helped with Fish Camp at the high school, working the concession stand at the football games on Thursday nights, Trick or Treat on Eagle Street. Amanda also wrote Santa Letters to primary students and deliver them. She also was a member of the UIL Robotics team, where her team received the ‘Most Elegant Design’ award.

After high school, Amanda wishes to attend college to get a degree in psychology and get a job in the field of behavioral health.

She said that the Watermelon Thump is an integral part of Luling’s heritage, “because it has created a name for us. Every year it gains national attention, making it draw 30,000 visitors on Thump weekend.”

Amanda said, “I want to run for Watermelon Thump Queen for the experience. Going house to house and meeting new people is what I love about all of this.”

Amanda says she is very outgoing, and being comfortable talking to many different people is a quality she has that is inherent in leadership.


Duchess: Sydney Jack is the grandchild of Carol and Ken Prince  and she is sponsored by the Luling Lions Club.

Sydney is a Luling High School Varsity Cheerleader, and a part of the Varsity Volleyball team at LHS.

After graduation, she says, “my options are open, so I plan to attend a junior college and take classes to help me discover a career I’m passionate about.”

She said that the Watermelon Thump is an integral part of Luling’s heritage because, “Where you are raised is part of who you are. The Watermelon Thump is a part of who I and other Lulingites are. The history continues as part of our culture today and makes us proud of our town.”

Sydney wishes to run for Watermelon Thump Queen because the experience will allow her to meet new people, learn about Luling, and earn scholarship money.

When asked about what qualities she possesses that are beneficial in  a role such as Watermelon Thump Queen, she said, “I am a kind and friendly candidate. I also like meeting    new people and I am good at working together with other. I am a hard working individual that is not afraid of responsibility and I have also overcame dyslexia to become successful in school.”

Thump Queens 1954-2019

1954 – Bettie Sue Blackwell Towns
1955 – Janice O’Banion Bayern
1956 – Margaret Leazar Thompson
1957 – Diane Rabon
1958 – Dorothy Watkins White
1959 – Merilynn McGee Tullous
1960 – Phillis Webb Linscomb, Kakai Blackwell Walker
1961 – Kay Welch Nelson
1962 – Caronlyn Frank Reid, Ann Colewell Lee
1963 – Mary Elizabeth Carter Olden
1964 – Carmen Bassett Gidley, Becky Seay Brownlow
1965 – Diane Thorp Miller
1966 – Beth Vick
1967 – Mollie Shelton Meyer
1968 – Ollie Jo Montgomery Bozeman
1969 – Nora Anne Webb
1970 – Debbie Miller Hees
1971 – Pam Miller Kidd, Sherry Janca Grabill
1972 – Jackie Dorn Campbell
1973 – Sue McBride
1974 – Cathy Folsom Allen
1975 – Karen Glenewinkel Via
1976 – Bonnie McCrary Phillips
1977 – Sharon Gibson
1978 – Denise Gonzales Levesque
1979 – Vicki Mohn Morlock, Cassandra Marcee Bullard
1980 – Darla Franks
1981 – Susie Rollert Seay
1982 – Sherry Herrmann Bettersworth
1983 – Roxanne Ivery Schmidt
1984 – Jennifer Otto Zumwalt
1985 – Kai Hendricks Schnautz
1986 – Sherry Saur Geiger
1987 – Brandi Sue Blackwell Hayden
1988 – Tandra Lewis Damon
1989 – Cathy Farmer Dunham
1990 – Tamara Engleke Pigott
1991 – Kelly Ward Loredo
1992 – Monica Kidd Knox
1993 – Meghan Allen
1994 – Veronica Suarez Saldana
1995 – Ashley Bassett Hartzog
1996 – Aurora Guillen-Suarez
1997 – Amanda Kidd
1998 – Shannon Zamora
1999 – Ginny Robbins Janak
2000 – Kelsey Bassett
2001 – Mayra Guillen Johnson
2002 – Raven Robbins
2003 – Cathi Johnson
2004 – Rebekah McClure Alaniz
2005 – Megan Cox Pettis
2006 – Ashley McFadin
2007 – Vanessa Guerrero
2008 – Michelle Levesque
2009 – RaVana Damon Curry
2010 – Paige Heller Johnson
2011 – Yadira Ochoa
2012 – Victoria Bosquez
2013 – Carina Reyes
2014 – Kaitlin Cappleman
2015 – Kyleigh Peters
2016 – Lexi Carter
2017 – Elizabeth Townsend
2018 – Kendal Gibson
2019 – Valerie Bermudez