Rita Reyes was crowned Miss Caprock 2018 during the 60th annual scholarship pageant at South Plains College.
The event was held on Nov. 17 in the Tom T. Hall Recording Production Studio in the Creative Arts Building on the Levelland campus.
“When they called my name, I just felt relieved,” said Reyes, who represented the Student Government Association. “I don’t remember feeling, ‘Yay, me. I won!’ It was more like, ‘OK, I can breathe.’ [The experience] was amazing.”
Daughter of Rita and Abel Reyes of Lubbock, Reyes said she hopes to use the $750 scholarship toward going to law school.
“I am thankful,” the sophomore Government major said. “The money is going towards good use. I am now one step closer to my goal.”
This is not the first time Reyes has competed in the annual Miss Caprock scholarship pageant. She represented Forrest Hall last year, advancing to the top five.
“Honestly, I thought I had a better chance at winning last year than this year,” said Reyes. “I was a lot more confident then, but [being called] was a shock.”
The contestants participate in an interview with the judges before the show, then have two outfit changes and an on-stage interview during the pageant. The pre-interview made up 50 percent of the total score. ‘After 5 Wear’ and ‘Formal Wear’ comprised 25 percent of the score, and a response to judges’ questions on-stage was the last 25 percent.
Reyes said she is passionate about the recent issues involving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) act. During the onstage judges’ question, Reyes was asked about DACA, so she knew just the thing to say.
“It was like the perfect question for me,” said Reyes. “I was so knowledgeable, and I knew this one certain fact. I felt like I was really passionate about the topic.”
Miah Hernandez, 19, a sophomore Pre-Nursing major from Lamesa, received a $500 scholarship for being named first-runner up. Hernandez represented the Biology Club.
Rounding out the top five contestants for the night were: Allyssa Almager, 18, a freshman Pre-Veterinary Medicine major form Levelland who represented the Catholic Student Ministry; Tina Gonzalez, 18, a freshman Public Relations major from Lubbock who represented the Plainsman Press and Press Club; and Destiny Lyon, 18, a freshman Elementary Education major from Lenorah, who represented the SPC Cheerleaders.
Each student club or organization nominated a student to represent them in the annual pageant. Also competing were: Madison Birchfield, 20, a sophomore Radiology major from Lubbock who represented South Sue Residence Hall; Maria Isabel Botello,19, a sophomore Computer Information Systems major from Ralls who represented SPeCtra; Esmeralda Cabrera, 19, a sophomore Education major from Muleshoe who represented Phi Theta Kappa; Lizeth Elvira Doblado, 19, a freshman Forensic Science major from Pharr who represented North Sue Hall; Erin Farrell, 18, a freshman Video Production Technology major from Homer, Alaska, who represented Tubb Hall; and Nicole Glenn, 21, a sophomore General Studies major from Ropesville, who represented the Baptist Student Ministry.
Other contestants included: Ambroshia Pollard, 27, a freshman Cosmetology Major from Lubbock who represented the Cosmetology Club; Jaynearose Quisenberry, 18, a freshman Pre-Veterinary Medicine major from Seminole who represented the STAR Center; Imelda Salcido, 19, a freshman General Studies and Surgical Technology major from Muleshoe who represented the Residence Hall Association; Jessica Sanders, 23, a sophomore Biology major from Lubbock who represented Campus Ambassadors; and Kaitlyn Walden, 19, a sophomore Accounting major from Post who represented the Geology Club.