5 com­pete in schol­ar­ship pageant

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY CE­SAR NEYOY BAJO EL SOL

SAN LUIS, Ariz. — Five young women are com­pet­ing for the ti­tle of Miss South­west in the city’s newly re­vived schol­ar­ship pageant.

Af­ter a two-year hia­tus in the com­pe­ti­tion, the win­ner will be crowned on Thurs­day, in time to pre­side on Satur­day dur­ing the city’s Founders Day cel­e­bra­tion, which marks the 39th an­niver­sary of the in­cor­po­ra­tion of San Luis as a mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Com­pet­ing in the Miss South­west Schol­ar­ship Pageant are three San Luis High School stu­dents — Vi­viann Gur­rola and Fer­nanda Me­d­ina, both 17, and Kim­berly Lopez, 18 — and two Ari­zona Western Col­lege stu­dents Kyara Lardin, 19, and Jackie Perez Arce, 23.

The win­ner will re­ceive a $1,000 schol­ar­ship to con­tinue her ed­u­ca­tion, while the sec­ond- and third­place fin­ish­ers will earn $500 and $250 schol­ar­ships re­spec­tively.

For­merly the Miss San Luis pageant, the com­pe­ti­tion started in the late 1990s. In 2011 it be­came af­fil­i­ated with Miss Ari­zona, with the win­ner of the San Luis ti­tle ad­vanc­ing to the state pageant. The San Luis pageant was ter­mi­nated two years ago, but the city Parks and Recre­ation Depart­ment ear­lier this year re­vived it as an event in­de­pen­dent of Miss Ari­zona, giv­ing it a new name. The win­ner does not ad­vance to the Miss Ari­zona Schol­ar­ship Pageant.

The win­ner will rep­re­sent the city at events around the area and the state over the next year.

City Coun­cil­women Maria Ramos and Africa Luna-Car­rasco in­tro­duced the five com­peti­tors re­cently at a news con­fer­ence at the city’s Ce­sar Chavez Cul­tural Cen­ter, which will serve as the venue for Thurs­day’s crown­ing of the win­ner. “We are proud of you all,” Ramos said, ad­dress­ing the can­di­dates. She re­minded them that as fi­nal­ists, each one re­flects on the city. “In any­thing to say or do, re­mem­ber that you are rep­re­sent­ing the city.”

Doors at the cul­tural cen­ter, 1015 N. Main St., open at 6:30 p.m. Thurs­day for the pageant. Tick­ets are avail­able at $20 per per­son at the same lo­ca­tion.

The win­ner will be cho­sen based on the com­mu­nity ser­vice plat­forms they select, their per­for­mances in tal­ent com­pe­ti­tions, pre­sen­ta­tions on the walk­way and their an­swers to ques­tions asked by judges.

PHOTO BY CE­SAR NEYOY/BAJO EL SOL

CAN­DI­DATES FOR THE MISS SOUTH­WEST TI­TLE in San Luis, Ariz., are (from left) Kyara Lardin, Vi­viann Gur­rola, Kim­berly Lopez, Fer­nanda Me­d­ina and Jackie Perez Arce.

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