SAN LUIS, Ariz. – Alexia Perez-Arce, a student at Arizona Western College, has been crowned as Miss San Luis for 2019-20.

The 20-year-old San Luis resident was chosen among five candidates competing Thursday at the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center in the city’s annual scholarship pageant.

“I feel proud to represent San Luis, I have always wanted to do it. I have lived here all my life, and I feel like I can make a change in my community,” Perez-Arce said after being crowned by the current titleholder, Kyara Lardin.

“I am in shock,” Perez-Arce added. “I can’t believe it, but I am very happy, and more so because it is what my mom wanted, and I dedicate this crown to her.

Besides winning the overall crown, she was named Miss Elegance by the jury. The first runner-up crown went to Kimberly Lopez, while Teresa Sandoval was named second runner-up.  Lopez and Sandoval also won the titles of Miss Talent and Miss Congeniality respectively.

Also competing for the title were Nydia Leon and Alexia Mendoza.

The first act for Perez-Arce as Miss San Luis will come on Sept. 28, when she will head the city’s annual Founders Day Parade, which this year marks the 40th anniversary of the incorporation of San Luis as an Arizona municipality.

Each contestant’s community service platform figured heavily in the selection of the winner, and the platform Perez-Arce plans to put into effect over the next year of her reign is child abuse awareness.

Apart from the crown, Perez-Arce will receive a college scholarship for $1,000, an amount that will be matched by San Luis developer Nieves Riedel. The first and second runner-ups will receive scholarships in the amounts of $500 and $250, provided by the city.

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