by Autumn Bippert
Julieta Juarez was crowned Miss Caprock during the 62nd annual scholarship pageant at South Plains College.
The event was held on Nov. 15 in the Tom T. Hall Recording and Production Studio in the Creative Arts Building on the Levelland campus.
The daughter of Salvador and Angelica Juarez of Sudan represented the STAR Center. She received a $750 scholarship along with the crown and sash.
“I’m shocked, and I’m very blessed,” Juarez said after being crowned as Miss Caprock. “All those girls up there had as much talent as I do, and they’re all very intelligent. I feel very honored to be chosen.”
All of the contestants participated in an interview session with the judges earlier in the day. The interview is worth 50 percent of the participant’s overall score.
During the show, after both the “After 5 Wear” and “Formal Wear,” which comprised of 25 percent of the scoring, the top five contestants answered onstage questions from the judges, which covered the remaining 25 percent.
Juarez’s on-stage question was, “If you could wake up tomorrow with any one ability or quality, what would you want it to be?” Her answer was to have the ability to fly, or not have to pay for a plane ticket ever again. She explained with tearful eyes that she wants to be able to see her loved ones who live great distances away.
“I talked myself out of competing last year, so I wanted to push myself and try something different,” Juarez explained. “I wanted to leave SPC knowing that I did everything I wanted to do. That was my main reason for competing.”
Haley Norris, 19, a sophomore Pre-Nursing major from Lubbock, received a $500 scholarship after finishing as the first-runner up. Norris represented the Texan Cheerleaders.
Rounding out the top five contestants for the night were: Hallie Satterwhite, 18, a freshman Biology major from Levelland, who represented the Student Government Association; Danisha Lewis, 20, a sophomore Sports Broadcasting major from Plano, who represented the Black Student Union; and Courtlyn Judah, 19, a freshman Child Development major from Lubbock, who represented Baptist Student Ministries.
The other contestants included: Kamryn Alvarez, 18, a freshman Video Production major from Earth, who represented Catholic Student Ministries; Cielo Esqueda, 18, a freshman Business Administration major from Dimmitt, who represented the Student Government Association; Kaitlynn Jackson, 18, a freshman Education major from Fort Worth, who represented the Texan Cheerleaders; and Raelynn Wooley, 18, a sophomore pre-med major from Levelland, who represented the Sixth Man Club.