Special to The Sun
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. tonight in Central’s Constitution Hall 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, 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 also will 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 of Alva, a freshman business administration major; Alexandra Cifuentes, of Arlington, Texas, a sophomore public relations major; Adriana Ruiz Crowl, of Tulsa, a freshman biomedical engineering major; Alicia Esquivel, Oklahoma City, a junior, elementary education major; Ceirra Flores, of Owasso, a sophomore, English education major; Nora Garcia, of Hennessey, a freshman, criminal justice major; Lucila Gutierrez, of Tulsa, a sophomore child development major; Daniela Martinez, of Edmond, a freshman international business major; Alexis Reyes, of Guymon, an undecided freshman; Melina Rivera, of Hardesty, a junior marketing major; and Yoselin Vallejos, of Moore, a freshman, molecular biology and forensic science major.
For more information, contact the ODI at 405-974-3588 or visit www.uco.edu/student-life/diversity/programsandevents.