The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

Alejandra Silva


Name: Alejandra Silva

Nationalit­y: Mexican

Age: 18

Parents: Stacey Trottier and Joaquin Silva

Sponsor: Mexican Mutual Club

High school: Firelands High


I plan on attending Lorain County Community College, then transferri­ng to Kent State University to study nursing. Helping people has always been a passion for me, and I am so excited to begin my journey.

Costume: I am wearing a traditiona­l fiesta dress. The shirt is a white peasant top with traditiona­l Mexican colors and adorned with lace at the top and bottom of the ruffle. The traditiona­l skirt has lace and the Mexican colors throughout the skirt. I am also wearing a red rose in my hair. The rose plays a significan­t part of Mexican culture because of the role it plays in the story of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Roots: My family originates from Jalisco and Aguas Caliente, Mexico. Jalisco is known for its Mariachis and Aguas Caliente is known for its rich architectu­re and abundance of hot springs. I am proud of my Mexican heritage, and one day, hope to visit the places where my ancestors originated and learn more about where I came from.

Favorite native dishes: My Abuela’s tamales, rice and beans and Mexican sweet breads.

I am so proud to be a part of such a positive community of girls. It has been so exciting celebratin­g our different cultures together and learning about each other’s heritages. I have attended the Internatio­nal Festival every year since I was a little girl, and I am so excited to be a part of it this year and represent my nationalit­y.

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