July 17th, 2019

cinco de mayo 2019 logo• L&T staff report


The 2019 Miss Cinco de Mayo Pageant has drawn 14 candidates. 

The pageant will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4 in the James Maskus Auditorium at Liberal High School. Admission to the event is $10 per person, or for VIP seating, the cost is $20.

The candidates are:


Lesly Herrera

Lesly Herrera is a 19-year-old senior attending Liberal High School. Her plans after graduating from LHS are to attend Seward County Community College for two years and then transfer to the University of Kansas to major in the medical field. Lesly has multiple qualities, she likes learning new/interesting things, getting to know new people, and she can adapt herself in any situation, but her major quality is that she is very friendly and can get along easily with anyone. Moreover, she is a very open-minded person, very caring and likes getting involved in any events that go on in her community, she has been involved in many community events since her freshman year. Her hobbies include donating to the animal shelter, taking her dogs on walks, volunteering in any activities, and bike riding. Singing is also a passion that she discovered at a young age and has improved over the years. Her plans for the future are to become a doctor and move to Rhode Island to accomplish her dreams. 


Alba Torres

Alba Torres is 20 years old. She is from Liberal, Ks. She is a student at Seward County Community College and is majoring in business administration. Alba is a part of the Seward County Spirit Squad and is in the Phi Beta Lambda organization. After Seward, Alba plans to attend Wichita State University.  Currently, she is working at the employment office of National Beef. Some of the things she enjoys doing is spending time with her family, traveling, and going shopping.


Melayni Guadalupe Alarcon Franco

Melayni Guadalupe Alarcon Franco a former student at Liberal High School, was born in Grand Island, Neb. She spent her first years of school in Mexico before moving back to the U.S. Her parents are from Guerrero, Mexico. Melayni is currently employed at National Beef to jump start her career in working for the federal government by joining the United States Department of Agriculture. Melayni also plans to attend SCCC while working. Her hobbies are cooking, working out, spending time with family and going out with friends. Melayni is Mexican American and seeks to proudly represent the Hispanic community. 


Juliet Nava

Juliet Nava is an 18-year-old senior at Liberal High School, taking concurrent classes at Seward County Community College. While being a student at LHS, she has participated in many extra-curricular activities such as, Key Club, Band, Student Council, and National Honor Society, all while taking leadership roles in most of the extracurriculars. After graduating from Liberal High School, Juliet plans to attend Seward County Community College. She plans on getting an associate in Biology, then hopes to transfer to Kansas State University to get her bachelor’s degree. After graduating from KSU, she wants to attend Dentistry School. Some of Juliet’s hobbies include playing the trombone and being in the Mattachines. Juliet is a proud Mexican-American, here to represent the state of Durango Mexico! 


Ali Lucero

Ali is 19 years old and is a student at Seward County Community College. After graduating with her associate degree, she plans to transfer to Kansas State University to study communications. At SCCC, Ali is a member of PTK and the women’s basketball team. Her hobbies include running and spending time with family. 


Darily Carrillo

Darily Carrillo is a 20-year-old from Guymon, Okla. She was born and raised in Texas up until junior high when she moved to Guymon. She graduated in the top 50 percent graduating class of Guymon High School in 2017 and is currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice and a minor in psychology at Panhandle State University. She is now a 3-year member of the PSU Competitive Cheer team, 2-year member of the Hispanic American Leadership Organization (H.A.L.O), 1-year member of Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislators (O.I.L.) and 1-year member of History Club. Darily has extensive volunteer experience both in the community and online. She has volunteered with the Golden Senior Olympics for 3 years, the Jimmy Everest Center, the OU Children’s Hospital, reads to elementary students at Salyer and helps with the Pick It Up Project. She was also a part of the Kids and Cancer tour that took place around the Panhandle and Oklahoma City area. In 2017, she participated in OPSU’s first Dreamer march which was anticipated to speak out about the injustices and unforeseen future for the D.A.C.A. program. Following Darily’s Criminal Justice career, she enjoys her cheer competition team which have recently won 1st place at the Tabor invitational, 2nd and 3rd place at OCU Invitational, and were NAIA National Qualifiers at OCU. Darily was also a contestant for the Mr. & Mrs. Panhandle State in 2018. She has also been a two year Project Runway model at Guymon. Darily has also been given the opportunity to sing with her collegiate choir at Carnegie Hall in New York in the spring of 2020. After college Darily plans to pursue a doctorate in studies of Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology. She is ambitious and loves to support her school and her community. Darily is committed to any task that she is given. Darily hopes to inspire more Latin Americans to pursue higher education and have a voice. 


Clarissa Carrillo Martinez

Clarissa Carrillo Martinez is 25 years old. She graduated from Liberal High School and Emporia State University. She aspires to get her master’s in marketing, and currently works at St. Anthony Catholic Church as Director of Communication and Youth Ministry. She enjoys helping others, and volunteers in different organizations like League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Chamber Ambassadors, Girl Scouts, and the Cinco de Mayo Committee. She is a believer in Si Se Puede! and hopes to spread hope through her actions, and words. 


Alondra Loza Perez

Alondra Loza Perez is a former student of Seward County Community College. As a student of SCCC, Alondra participates in multiple clubs and organization such as Theatre, Sigma Chi Chi, and has involvement in trio. She is an AVID traveler and a hard-working student. Alondra’s family is from Sinaloa and Jalisco, Mexico. Their names are Francisco Abel Loza and Ramona Catalina Perez. She is very proud of her cultural background, and the diverse community in which she lives in. In the near future she plans to attend Fort Hays State University where she will be majoring in Criminology.


Alondra Brito

Alondra is 18 years old and is a senior at Liberal High School. While attending LHS, Alondra has been involved in cross country, swim, student council, prom committee, and she was in the fall 2018 homecoming court. While in high school she attended Seward County Community College her junior year and got her certification as a CNA in the state of Kansas. After high school she plans to attend Seward County Community College to do her basics and get her Associates Degree. She plans to transfer to Kansas State University to get her Bachelors in Science degree and pursue a career as a registered nurse. Alondras hobbies include kickboxing, working out, photography and baking during her free time.


Chantel Briones 

Chantel Briones is an 18-year-old senior at Liberal High school. While at the high school she has been involved in the Lady Red Swim Team and Student Council while taking concurrent classes at Seward County Community College. Upon graduation, Chantel plans to attend Seward County community to major in biology and study nursing. She then plans to transfer to Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas to receive her bachelor's degree in nursing and plans to continue her studies to become a Nurse Practitioner. Her hobbies include photography, reading and socializing in church activities.


Alejandra Gutierrez

Alejandra is Liberal High School graduate and a first year student at SCCC. She will graduate this May with her associates degree and is a part of the Vice President’s honor roll. Her future plans are to transfer to KU and continue majoring in Medicine— eventually, become a doctor. At SCCC, she participated in HALO, which is a club that helps the community and helps SCCC be a closer community as well. In her free time, Alejandra, enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the gym, shopping, doing makeup, taking pictures, studying, reading, watching Netflix, or simply enjoying time alone. Alejandra would be a great candidate for the Cinco de Mayo pageant because she has a positive influence to the younger community.


Logan Dodge

Logan Dodge is a 16-year-old sophomore at Liberal High School. She is the daughter of Jim and Norma Jean Dodge. At LHS, Logan is a member of the National Honor Society and is involved in volleyball, basketball, softball, choir, the school musical, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Logan is also very active in her church First Southern Baptist Church. At FSBC Logan, sings with the worship choir, serves in the preschool and children’s ministry department as well as helping with VBS. During the summer Logan works for the Sno Shack. Next year Logan will take concurrent classes at Seward County Community College. She has applied for the SCCC CNA program to begin her career in the medical field. Logan at this time intends to study to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. Logan’s hobbies include baking, art, and watching Hallmark movies with her mom during the holidays.


Crisma Tapia

Meet Crisma Tapia. She is from Chihuahua, Mexico. Crisma considers herself to be intelligent, fun, and a very proud Latina. One of her biggest assets is that she is a big playmaker and go-getter. She helped the Lady Red Demons Women’s Soccer team become the first time in school history, regional champions. When she attended Northwest Kansas Technical College, she helped the Lady Mavericks make school history. Crisma was also part of the first ever Miss Dodge City Latina. With her academics and soccer, she got a scholarship to attend Northwest Kansas Technical College. She majored in criminology to become a homicide detective. One of her life time goals has been to help her community. She believes what makes her unique is definitely her life experiences. Fun facts about her is that she loves to draw/paint, and shares birthdays with her Mom and Uncle. 


Diana Resendez

Diana Resendez is a 16-year-old student at Liberal High School. She is involved in the extracurricular activities such as Redskin Band, cross-country, track, art club, and student council. Her hobbies are running, playing basketball with her friends, spending quality time with her mom, playing her clarinet, and enjoys singing at church. Diana plans to attend Miami International University of Art and Design for the advertising and marketing business. She would also like to attend Lamar University to stay closer to her family. Before going to either universities, she may attend SCCC to prepare her for the upcoming future and to advance in the business ethic. Her interest are photography and art. Diana is from Port Arthur, Texas, and has lived in Liberal since she was 6 years old. Her mom is from Guatemala and her dad is from Mexico. She is proud to represent both countries for her community. 

EDITOR’S NOTE — Contestant biographies provided by the Cinco de Mayo Committee.

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