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Community Focus: Newly crowned Mr. and Miss Hispanic OU

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A University of Oklahoma scholarship pageant celebrates community and leadership. The winners now begin the hard work of making their platforms a reality.

A new Mr. and Miss Hispanic OU are crowned every year. They are being honored for their academic skills, their leadership, and representation of the Latinx community.

Students Abraham Mendieta of Oklahoma, and Ana Sophia Perez, originally from Honduras, are the Mr. and Miss Hispanic OU 2018. For Mendieta, the first in his family to go to college, this is an opportunity to guide other high school students through the process of reaching their academic dreams.

“Through my platform, I wanted to make a change within my community, and my platform is an 8-month leadership development program that I am going to start this upcoming fall, which will develop, with inner city minority students, their leadership skills, so they can become leaders within their schools, but also their community,” says Mendieta.

Ana Sophia Perez has a passion for mental health access and ending the stigma. She plans to talk to school children about the importance of mental health, and it is a cause close to her heart.

“My grandmother, actually, she was diagnosed with depression several times throughout her life, and this is just sort of something that I didn't want anybody else to go through, and have the tools if they did have to go through it, to tackle it,” says Perez.

The Mr. and Miss Hispanic OU pageant put on every year by the Hispanic American Student association every year. The contestants perform talents, answer on-stage questions, and share cultural performances before the winners are crowned.

The newly crowned royalty will now serve for one year, and will have that time to enact their platforms.

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