The city of Vallejo had a “Super Heroic” day on Thursday thanks to 10-year-old Monika Romo, also known as Wondergirl.
The young Romo didn’t know what was coming but she didn’t miss a beat as she became superhero for the day and shared her indomitable spirit with her school and city.
With lights flashing, a Vallejo Police convoy took Wondergirl to school on a day she will never forget. The fifth grader arrived at Pennycook Elementary to a hero’s welcome.
Her schoolmates performed a flash mob for her, and in front of hundreds of people assembled, Romo read an essay she wrote about saving Vallejo. It was an essay she wrote for a ruse contest, in which she was the only contestant.
The day was the brainchild of a group called Vallejo Together, who wanted to help Romo, who is battling Leukemia.
Part of the essay reads:
“Together hand in hand they would confront the forces of evil, because they truly believed that
the unity would make them a stronger force.”
The girl spoke to KTVU about what the day meant for her and how she battles her cancer every day.
“I don’t really know how I do it, I just keep a smile on my face, that’s pretty much it. And so what do you think other people can learn from you. A lot, but I don’t know what,” she said.
Romo made a stop by Vallejo High School later where students pledged to help make the city a better place, at the urging of Wondergirl.
“Let’s give Monika a round of applause. Yeah, Wondergirl!” yelled school principal, Clarence Isadore.
“She came over here and touched a lot of students. And told them if a little kid can do it, then people our age can do it too,” said Vallejo High senior, Willie Earnest.
Wondergirl also made an appearance at City Hall, where civic leaders showered her with recognition. The police gave her an award named for Vallejo officer James Capoot, who was killed in the line of duty two years ago.
“You are an inspiration to the rest of us with your courage and determination,” said Police Lieutenant, Sid DeJesus.
County Supervisor Erin Hannigan says it was a welcome positive story, in a city that’s had more than its share of crime and financial problems.
“Support a young lady, our very own, Vallejo’s Wondergirl, in her personal battle fighting Leukemia, it’s a good day for Vallejo,” Hannigan said.
Wondergirl also stopped at the California Maritime Academy, where she shared her message. The Wondergirl excitement of the day wound down with a pizza party lunch at Romo’s school, but it’s clear her impact on this community will last for quite some time.