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International pageant crowns winners

staff writer

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 11:11

Miss International USU

SANDRA MOLINA ACCEPTS the Miss International USU crown at the Mr. and Miss International 2012 Pageant on Friday. MICKELLE YEATES photo

Two different cultures took the crown in the Mr. and Miss International Pageant on Friday night.


The winners of the pageant were Sandra Molina, Miss Mexico, and Hironori Saeki, Mr. Japan.


International and domestic students alike crowded the TSC auditorium on Friday night to watch the annual pageant, the concluding event of Diversity Week.


The event was judged by Paula Alger, the director of global enrichment in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Doug Fiefia, the incumbent Mr. USU, Mary Hubbard, the vice provost of global engagement, Carlos Munoz, the coordinator of international student recruitment and Michelle Bogdan, the director of the Access and Diversity Center.


Both contestants said they were shocked to hear they had won the competition.


“Everybody did great. I think everybody won today,” Saeki said. “They had a really amazing stuff that I don’t have. We share together to watch together and enjoy it.”


Together, the contestants showed the audience different pieces of culture from around the world. Some sang cultural songs and some performed dances from their countries.


Molina performed a Spanish court dance to the traditional song “La Negra.”


Bogdan asked Molina what she would change about her country if she had the chance.


“I would improve the educational quality that they have,” Molina said. “Hispanics in Mexico have a lot of poverty, and they have to find their own way to pay for school. I would give them some way to support and raise funds to improve their educational equality.”


Molina said being Miss International is important to her because she can represent her country in a way most students don’t get a chance to see.

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