By: Leslie Villeda
The Hispanic Heritage month themed “A People’s Celebration” at Texas A&M University Kingsville kicked off last Thursday with the 4th Annual Miss Hispanic Heritage pageant hosted by Omega Delta Phi. The pageant featured performances by a folklorico ballet, a “grito” contest, and a jalapeño eating contest.
The event was coordinated by Adrian Arellano, senior animal science major and president of Omega Delta Phi. “We had 25 girls turn in applications, those applications were given to the judges and pre-judged,” said Arellano. Ten girls were chosen by the judges to move on to the final round.
The title of Miss Hispanic Heritage went to Lauren Danielle Balderas, biomedical sciences major and pre-vet sophomore student; she represented the Javelina Students for Sustainability. “I knew half the girls so I knew that they were all amazing contestants. It was such a surprise,” expressed Balderas.
The Hispanic Film Festival, featuring films with Latino themes, will begin Tuesday, September 20 at 7p.m. in room 219A of the MSUB with Bread and Roses. The festival will continue with weekly showings throughout the month.
David Q. Trevino, local historian and genealogist, will be visiting the campus to give a brown bag lecture on Rincon de la Boveda on Wednesday, September 21 at the Alumni Room in the MSUB.
For more information on the upcoming activities planned in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month visit the AMK website.