Rey y Reina Competition

By Marketta A. Davis

The ENMU Office of Hispanic Affairs will be holding their annual Rey y Reina competition on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the CUB Ballroom.  The event will be open and free to the general public.  Contestants must be full-time Eastern students, able to meet the time commitments and job responsibilities as set forth by being crowned, and be knowledgeable of Hispanic culture.  The king and queen will receive the official title, a crown, and a $100 scholarship.

In being committed to the above-mentioned job responsibilities, the Hispanic Rey y Reina will be expected to participate in all Hispanic Affairs events as well major campus events such as Dawg Days and Homecoming activities.  Rey y Reina should also be dedicated to public service and will be representative of Hispanic culture.

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“The Rey y Reina competition is not a beauty pageant,” said Office of Hispanic Affairs assistant Adriana De La RosaDe La Rosa explained how the Hispanic Rey y Reina will need to exemplify the characteristics of Hispanic students and will be representing their fellow ENMU scholars as a cultural role model for the 2011-2012 academic school year.

The competition will consist of three categories to include an interview, a display of ENMU spirit, and a talent.  A panel of judges chosen from the Eastern faculty and administration staff will ask the contestants 1-2 questions pertaining to their Hispanic culture.  Following the interview, the participants will be required to demonstrate their ENMU spirit.  This category can be accomplished through activities such as singing, poem readings, and cheers.  The last round of the competition will be the talent category in which the competitors will be required to present a Hispanic cultural talent.  This can be anything that symbolizes the Hispanic culture (i.e. dancing, musical performances, etc.).  The winners will be announced after the judges deliberate on each contestant’s performance and will be crowned by the reigning Rey y Reina, Rodolfo Arceo and Gabrielle Galvan.

Interested contestants will need to apply by the end of today, Tuesday, Sept. 20.  Applications can be picked up and returned to the Hispanic Affairs office located in the Alley.  There will be a mandatory informational meeting and rehearsal on Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Navajo Room in the CUB.  Contestants will be disqualified if not in attendance.  Please contact the Office of Hispanic Affairs at 562-2451 for more information.

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