Five compete for title of Miss San Luis
SAN LUIS, Ariz. – Five candidates will compete for the crown of Miss San Luis for 2013-14. The winner, who will be crowned Oct. 19 following a pageant in San Luis, will represent the Arizona border city at events around the county and state, and will compete along with the future Miss Yuma County for the title of Miss Arizona in 2014.
The candidates to succeed the current Miss San Luis, Stephanie Pereda, are Stephanie Cobian, Miryam Rochin, Denise Munoz, Lorena Guzman and Alma Rivera. Cobian is a senior at San Luis High School, while Rochin, Munoz and Guzman are studying education at Arizona Western College. Rivera also is an AWC student.
Cobian, 17, has made domestic violence prevention the theme of her platform in bid for the title. "I want to have an impact in my community in helping youth to be recognized and showing them that they can prosper in life," said Cobian. "I love San Luis. It is a very united and friendly community, and it has everything it needs to succeed."
Munoz, 20, has chosen child literacy as her platform. "I am taking part in Miss San Luis because I believe I can help my community," Munoz said. "My goal is change lives for the better. San Luis has very good people. Here a person can grow up with good values, and something that I like is that it has a lot of the Mexican culture."
Community involvement is the platform of Guzman, 20. "My concern is that people become more involved in what happens in the community, and that there is more leadership. There are a lot of things we can participate in. "What I like about San Luis is that it is a small city and a friendly community, where a lot of people know one another. There are opportunities for people to get involved in a lot of things."
Rochin, 19, has picked prevention of child obesity as her platform. "I would like there to be workshops for parents about childhood obesity, and I would like to go to the schools to speak to the childre about the effects of obesity and to promote extracurricular activities to keep them active."
Economic development is Rivera's platform. "It concerns me that there are so many youth who want to work but there are no job opportunities," said Rivera, 18. "San Luis has a lot of potential, but we need more to offer. I pay attention when they say that the county is No. 1 (in the nation) in unemployment. I don't think that should happen."