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SGA Homecoming pageant continues as a tradition

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Paulina Spencer
The winners of the 2019 SGA Pageant show.

The Student Government Association (SGA) kicked off this year’s Homecoming festivities with its annual homecoming pageant show Friday, Sept. 27 at the Magoffin Auditorium.  

SGA has been hosting the pageant show for over 25 years and Natalia Dueñas, senator-at-large, was proud to be a part of this year’s show.   

“It has been an SGA tradition for a really long time and we are happy to continue with it,” Dueñas said.   

Following this year’s Homecoming theme, “UTEP Goes Global,” SGA planned a show that reflected the diversity on campus.   

Priscilla Gallegos, collegiate senator of business, wanted to demonstrate through the pageant that UTEP is as diverse as it claims to be.  

“We want to show people that we are a diverse campus by incorporating the theme of being global,” Gallegos said.  

For the opening number, each contestant was assigned a country to represent, Miss Universe style, and wore attire to represent the respective country. All contestants were introduced on stage by name.   

The pageant show featured 28  contestants, 15 females and 13 males.  

For the second number, the contestants individually performed their talent in front of an audience and a panel of judges.   

This part showcased the talent UTEP students have to offer through singing, dancing and even a make-up tutorial.   

The audience was enthusiastic and supportive of every performer throughout the night.   

Krissana Haugen, 20, was there to support her cousin, who is in a sorority, and enjoy the show.  

“I think the whole show is pretty fun,” Haugen said.   

After a short recess, the contestants came back on stage one by one to show off their outfits for the formal segment of the show. From perfectly fitted suits to floor-length gowns, all of the contestants wowed the audience and judges. 

After deliberation amongst the judges, five female and five male contestants were chosen to continue on to the last part of the pageant.  

During the final segment, contestants drew a question from a bowl to answer in front of everyone, including their competitors. With questions ranging from favorite school traditions to changes they would implement on campus, the contestants gave it their best while being in the spotlight.  

Once the judges decided on the results, SGA announced the 2019 SGA Homecoming Pageant winners which included Mr. and Ms. College of Mines, Mr. and Ms. Texas Western and finally Mr. and Ms. UTEP. 

 

Mr. UTEP- Rahil Saifi 

Ms. UTEP- Ashley Rojas 

 

Mr. Texas Western- Salvador Hernandez 

Ms. Texas Western- Tracy Huhn 

 

Mr. College of Mines- Scott Navarro 

Ms. College of Mines- Karly Sanchez 

 

Paulina Spencer may be reached at [email protected] 

 

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Paulina Astrid Spencer
Paulina Astrid Spencer is a multimedia journalism student at the University of Texas at El Paso. She works as a reporter at the University’s newspaper, the Prospector, where she writes weekly stories.  This semester she started an internship at Channel 9, where she publishes bylines and stories daily for the web. She is a proud Chicana and has interests in Mexican- American activism and feminism. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and hopes to incorporate her love of news-reporting and her minor in Chicano Studies in the future. She enjoys spending time with her family, her three mischievous cats and two adorable dogs.
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SGA Homecoming pageant continues as a tradition