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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
AMARILLO — Glitz, glamor and experience gained define Miss Amarillo Latina for many young women across the region, including Wellington’s Juliana Castaneda who recently won the crown.
Held at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, the Wellington High School senior won the pageant Sunday, Sept. 20.
“Winning this title has opened a lot of doors for me that are full of opportunities,” Castaneda said. “I was awarded a $500 scholarship to use as I go into college next year.
“This title has given me confidence, and I hope I can be not just a model but a role model to many young women, especially Latinas.”
The Miss Amarillo Latina organization is a preliminary pageant, and the winner advances to represent Amarillo in the Miss Texas Latina contest at Houston in September 2021.
“I am super excited about this because I have never competed at the state level,” Castaneda said.
Other titles Castaneda has won include Little Miss, Junior Miss and Teen Miss Wellington and Little Miss and Teen Miss Cotton Country.
Ranked number three academically at the end of her junior year in high school, Castaneda is involved in cheerleading and tennis.
She plans to graduate high school with both CNA (certified nursing assistant) and PCT (patient care technician) certifications and work or volunteer in the medical field as she completes high school. She then plans to attend Texas A&M University in College Station to major in public health.
She is the daughter of Angel Segovia and Abigail Castaneda of Wellington.
Originally scheduled for June, organizers postponed the Miss Amarillo Latina until September due to the coronavirus pandemic.