- What made me want to run for ENMU’s Reina was that I wanted to do something out of my comfort zone and get involved with ENMU.
- I decided to attend ENMU because it was the closes university to my hometown.
- I am originally from Clovis New Mexico, My family ancestors originated in Spain and somehow throughout the century’s, migrated to New Mexico.
- I feel like I can contribute a positive attitude and a helping hand in promoting different cultures as well as events.
- I would say to talk about the history of their culture and help others understand the meanings of certain things, language, and to never deny where they came from!
- So far, I really enjoyed judging the Miss Native Contest it was very interesting and I thought the banquet was very nice.
- My favorite thing of ENMU is that it is not a huge school so getting to know people is easy and everyone is usually very polite.
- Being Reina has allowed me to appreciate my culture much more by learning more about the history and meeting people who have made a difference in the Hispanic community.
- I believe Hispanics are very prideful and family oriented. Family is something to always be passionate about no matter what culture you represent!
- Passionate, prideful, and loud! It might be just my family who is loud but we love to celebrate and laugh and just have fun! Passionate because Hispanics have many traditions and history that we also take pride in.
- My favorite part about being queen is that people actually recognize me as Reina not just Monica or the girl from class.
- My biggest influence would be my grandparents because they are not only supportive but they are very much into keeping traditions alive. I have always admired that.
- I would want people to know that the Hispanic culture is so much more than just being able to speak Spanish.
- Future advice would be to step out of your comfort zone and be proud of who you are and where you come from. Also represent your culture in a positive and respectful way. Always have a good attitude towards yourself, others, and pretty much just anything!
Parents: Oscar and Lilia Orrantia
Major: Elementary/Special Education with a minor in Bilingual
- What made you want to run for ENMU's Hispanic Reina?
I have always been proud of my culture. Therefore, participating in an event that I can represent all the Hispanics at my school would be an honor.
- What made you attend ENMU?
I came to ENMU because my major is Education and ENMU is one of the best schools to receive an education degree and very affordable.
- Describe where you are from and your family heritage.
My hometown is Tatum, NM. My family originated from Chihuahua, Mexico.
- How do you embrace your culture?
I embrace my culture by being a role model to others. I was also the Cinco de Mayo Queen for 2010 and the Lea County Hispanic Heritage Queen for 2010-2012. It was an honor and a privilege to become queen and represent my county.
- What do you feel you can contribute to Multicultural Affairs?
I feel I can contribute to Multicultural Affairs by representing my Hispanic culture and by also attending to the other Multicultural events and showing them that I will support them as well.
- How would you encourage others to embrace their cultures?
I would encourage them to talk to the elderly because who would know more about culture and tradition. Also, encourage them to keep up the tradition and values and feel honored when representing their own culture. Language is also important of keeping the traditions alive and we need to be honored that we know more than one language.
- What is was your favorite multicultural presentation so far?
The Hispanic banquet would be my favorite event. This event has it all, great people, food, and entertainment. We can experience a lot in this one event, and we get to be proud of our heritage when getting sashed with a sash of our origin.
- What is your favorite thing about ENMU?
My favorite thing about ENMU is the many great people I have met and became great friends with. Being at a small school the professors know you by name, and not many people can say they sat with the President of the University and had lunch with him.
- How has being the Hispanic Reina queen affected your perspective on your culture?
Becoming the Reina affected my perspective on my culture by meeting others who are also proud of their culture as seeing how they represent themselves. We all have the same love for our culture, we just express it in a different way and it is amazing to see all the different perspectives of how proudly we represent our culture.
- What is the one aspect of the Hispanic culture you feel most passionate about?
I am very passionate about my family. The Hispanic culture is very family-oriented and family gatherings are very important. My family is my foundation, and I will always have them supporting me in everything that I do, and I am beyond blessed to have them in my life.
- If you could describe the Hispanic culture with three words what would they be and why?
- Valuable – We cannot take our culture for granted and we have to value who we are as an individual.
- Irreplaceable – We are a part of the Hispanic culture and no one can ever take that away from us therefore we are irreplaceable.
- Enjoyable – We love to have fun! There is no better way to enjoy our day, than to be surrounded by the people we love!
- What's your favorite part about being queen?
My favorite part about being queen is being able to be a role model to my school. I love to talk, so meeting new people was a fun and rewarding experience, as well as, getting to dress up and getting to attend all the events that Multicultural Affairs gets to put on.
- Who is your biggest influence and why?
My parents are my biggest influence. I can count of them for everything. The best part of living close to home is they are just a phone call away and I know I can expect them in the next hour. My dad works hard to keep my family happy and my mom is a great role model, and I want to keep following her footsteps to be just as great as a role model as she is to me.
- If there is one thing you wanted the ENMU community to know about your culture what would it be?
The ENMU community should know that the Hispanic culture is known for our language, our food, our music, our faith and our hard-working people. Therefore, I believe it's our job to keep this culture alive.
- What is some advice you would give to future queens?
My advice for any girl who wants to become a queen is to believe that you can make a difference. You will become a role model for others and you will be known. You are unique in your own special way, so be proud of who you are and what you are representing. Most importantly, always wear your smile and have fun!