UCO Celebrates Culture As Students Compete For 'Miss Hispanic 2013' Crown

April 9, 2013

Media Contact: Courtney Harlin, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121, cbass4@uco.edu

UCO CELEBRATES CULTURE AS STUDENTS COMPETE FOR ‘MISS HISPANIC 2013’ CROWN

University of Central Oklahoma students will compete for the Miss Hispanic UCO 2013 title during the university’s annual scholarship pageant at 7 p.m. April 20 in Central’s Constitution Hall, located at the Nigh University Center.

“The Miss Hispanic UCO scholarship pageant is important to the Central community because it brings together young women to showcase the beauty of the Hispanic culture. The pageant gives the ladies a place to form friendships and memories that will forever be a part of their college experience,” said Luciana Perez, Miss Hispanic UCO pageant director and Miss Hispanic UCO 2009.

Sponsored by the Hispanic American Student Association and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), the pageant will award a $1,600 scholarship to the winner, $800 to the first runner-up and $500 to the second runner-up.

Contestants will also vie for the Erika Balderas Talent Award, the Fabiola Hernandez Photogenic Award, the Adelita Dixon People’s Choice Award and the Abby Balderas Future Business Woman Award.

Admission to the pageant is free for anyone with a UCO ID. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 for the public.

This year’s 11 contestants, followed by hometown, classification and major are:

Maleny Ceniceros
Alva
Freshman, business administration

Alexandra Cifuentes
Arlington, Texas
Sophomore, public relations

Adriana Ruiz Crowl
Tulsa
Freshman, biomedical engineer

Alicia Esquivel
Oklahoma City
Junior, elementary education

Ceirra Flores
Owasso
Sophomore, English education

Nora Garcia
Hennessey
Freshman, criminal justice

Lucila Gutierrez
Tulsa
Sophomore, child development

Daniela Martinez
Edmond
Freshman, international business

Alexis Reyes
Guymon
Freshman, undecided

Melina Rivera
Hardesty
Junior, marketing

Yoselin Vallejos
Moore
Freshman, molecular biology and forensic science

For more information, contact the ODI at 405-974-3588 or visit www.uco.edu/student-life/diversity/programsandevents.

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Editor’s Note: Art for publication may be downloaded at www.uco.edu/photo/MissHispanic2013Contestants.  

Cutline: University of Central Oklahoma students will compete for the Miss Hispanic UCO 2013 title during the university’s annual scholarship pageant at 7 p.m. April 20 in Central’s Constitution Hall, located at the Nigh University Center.