Mercé Breon DeJesus crowned Miss Borinquen Latina

The Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of WNY Association is pleased to announce the 2016 Miss Borinquen Latina of WNY Leadership Pageant winners. The pageant took place Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Kavinoky Theatre on the Campus of D’Youville College and included 10 participants who competed after completing the award-winning leadership development program component which included seminars and community service.

The 2016 Miss Borinquen Latina Queen is Mercé Breon DeJesús

Mercé is 15 years old and a junior at Hutchinson Central Technical High School. She has maintained a grade point average of a 92, while playing varsity basketball, soccer, and softball. Merce aspires to become a Lawyer or Forensic Scientist for the FBI. She plans on attending Harvard Law, Stanford University, or the University of Connecticut.

The 2016 Miss Borinquen Latina Princess is Ariel Rodriguez

Ariel is 17 year's old and a senior at Hutchinson Central Technical High School. After high school she plans on going to college for Business and one day start her own company here in Buffalo. In her spare time, she loves to volunteer at different Churches around her community and loves to tutor children.

The community also enjoys the Miss Coqui Pageant comprised of girls ages 5-7. This year, our Miss Coqui winner is Reina Rodriguez. Reina is 5 years old and will be entering Kindergarten this coming September.

“We are excited about the new Miss Borinquen Queen and Princess and look forward to them working within the community over the next year”, said Dinorah Santos, Chair of the Miss Borinquen Latina Committee. “The entire class should be congratulated because each of the girls made it through the rigorous program and put their best efforts into it.” The program includes a challenging curriculum provided to help build well rounded role models for our community, prepare them to take on leadership roles and prepare them to be successful in their educational accomplishments, careers and life. The leadership development program series began in April and focused on developing personal, social, educational and economic development skills, and other issues vital to their long-term success. They heard from professionals in the private sector, business development specialists, entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, college professors, community activists, government executives, and local elected officials.

Beyond the seminars, Miss Borinquen Latina of WNY offers mentors for each young lady, the opportunity to develop life-long friendships and support in developing an individual plan for future success. The participants are selected in a highly competitive process that involves a formal application and in-person interview. The Miss Borinquen Latina committee consists of women in both the public and private sector who volunteer their time to the program. If you are interested in learning more about the program, visit www.MissBorinquenWNY.org.

The Miss Borinquen Latina Leadership Develop Pageant is a subcommittee of the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of WNY Association.

Beyond the seminars, Miss Borinquen Latina of WNY offers mentors for each young lady, the opportunity to develop life-long friendships and support in developing an individual plan for future success. The participants are selected in a highly competitive process that involves a formal application and in-person interview. The Miss Borinquen Latina committee consists of women in both the public and private sector who volunteer their time to the program. If you are interested in learning more about the program, visit www.MissBorinquenWNY.org.

The Miss Borinquen Latina Leadership Develop Pageant is a subcommittee of the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of WNY Association.

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Miss Boriquen Mercé DeJesus ( First from left)  Princess Ariel Rodriguez (Second from left) (Runner up was First from right) Alexandra Pagan

Crowned princess was Ariel Rodriguez and Miss Coqui was Reina Rodriguez.

First Runner up was Alexandra Pagan 

 

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