Hispanic King and Queen / Rey y Reina Hispanos

Rey y Reina

Congratulations to our winners (pictured above) we appreciate all their hard work and wish them the best of luck in the coming years.

 

Name: Sarai Hernandez (above)
Parents: Aurelio and Blanca Hernandez
Origin: Hispanic
Major: Business Administration with Emphasis in Marketing

What made you want to run for ENMU's Hispanic Reina?
It was my second semester attending ENMU and I wanted to get more involved in different activities. Running for Hispanic Reina was out of my comfort zone but I was willing to get out there and get involved. Running for Reina and the idea of obtaining such an honor was a motivation for me to give it a try.

What made you attend ENMU?
I visited ENMU December 2013 on a tour and I loved everything about it. Everyone was nice, friendly and very helpful and the campus was great! ENMU is close to home which made the decision to come here even better.

Describe where you are from and your family heritage
My family is originally from Mexico City. In Mexico City everyone lives very fast paced but it is one of the most wonderful places to be at. Mexico City is rich in history and has plenty of fascinating places to visit and wonderful food to try. The majority of my family are business oriented and the legacy has been passed down for generations to my father who owns his own business. I hope that I too may one day become as successful as my ancestors and have my own business.

How do you embrace your culture?
I make sure to stay true to my roots and my culture. I continue to celebrate events that have been passed down from generations and strive to maintain family traditions.

What do you feel you can contribute to Multicultural Affairs?
I feel that by sharing and teaching others about my traditions I would be able to contribute knowledge of my culture to others. I also feel that I can inspire others to embrace their cultures and be proud of who they are.

How would you encourage others to embrace their cultures?
I would encourage others to embrace their culture by reminding them that their culture is part of who they are and that it is something that cannot be taken from them and is something they cannot hide. I would encourage people to enjoy their culture and to also learn and participate in traditions that are shared within their culture.

What is was your favorite multicultural presentation so far?
The Native American Banquet has been my favorite multicultural event. I was able to experience hearing a different language I had never heard before and to see the different traditions and unique clothing that the participants demostrated.

What is your favorite thing about ENMU?
My favorite thing about ENMU is that everyone is very friendly and the professors are focused on seeing me succeed. I love the small class sizes and how professors are more focused on students as individuals.

How has being the Hispanic Reina queen affected your perspective on your culture?
Becoming a Hispanic Reina has encouraged me to be more proud of my culture and represent it with the best of my abilities. It has put a great responsibility on me to be an example and to always be proud of my culture and heritage.

What is the one aspect of the Hispanic culture you feel most passionate about?
The aspect of the Hispanic Culture I feel most passionate about is the desire to succeed regardless of the obstacles. Every hispanic I know in my life and even those I don't know have one goal in common and it is to be successful. Hispanics are hard working people whether it is in their own country or here, all they seek is to provide for their families and they desire to see each of their children succeed. I am passionate about seeing hispanic students like myself who are the first in the family to attend a University and obtain further education to help gain a brighter future.

If you could describe the Hispanic culture with three words what would they be and why?
Hard working, friendly and hospitable are the three words that stand out the most when I think about the Hispanic culture. Hispanics are hard working people who are willing to work many hours in order to provide for their families. Hispanics are very friendly and bring joy to even the worst situation, its in their blood to be happy and full of life. Hispanics are also very hospitable and can make any stranger feel at home just as we like to say, "Mi casa es su casa."

What's your favorite part about being king/queen?
My favorite part of being a hispanic queen is that I get to represent my culture and be proud of my heritage. I also get the opportunity to learn about other cultures which helps me grown in my education.

Who is your biggest influence and why?
My parents have always been my biggest influence. As a young child my father always encouraged me to give the best of myself in everything I did and pushed me to always follow my dreams. My mother attended every event I ever had and was my number one fan. I have always had my parents support and understanding in my decisions and their advice has led me to where I am at now. My parents have been my biggest influence because I know they are they ones who want to see me succeed regardless of the obstacles that life presents to me. I work hard to be able to become what they always dreamed I would be and I know that there is nothing I can do to pay back all the effort and time they have put into me. I work hard because of them and for them so they can be proud of the person I am and will become.

If there is one thing you wanted the ENMU community to know about your culture what would it be?
What I would want others to know about my culture is that we are very proud of who we are and what we represent. We do not mean to disrespect others in any way by waving our flag but it's a reminder for us to always remember where we come from and a sign of being proud to be a Hispanic.

What is some advice you would give to future kings/queens?
My advice to future Kings and queens is to embrace your culture but also be open to learn from other peoples cultures. I would recommend attending all the events offered by the Multicultural affairs department and visiting their offices because everyone there is so friendly. You get to learn so many things about others and make friends.

 

Rey Edgar
Name: Edgar Muñoz
Parents: Norma and Mario Muñoz
Origin: Dexter, New Mexico
Major: Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Training

What made you want to run for ENMU's Hispanic Rey?
I wanted to be able to represent my culture around Eastern and learn more about it.

What made you attend ENMU?
I felt accepted by the community here, it was very friendly and I love the campus.

Describe where you are from and your family heritage
I am from a small town just South of Roswell, New Mexico. Both sets of my grandparents are from Chihuahua, Mexico.

How do you embrace your culture?
I speak Spanish every chance I get. It was my first language and I am not afraid to show it to others.

What do you feel you can contribute to Multicultural Affairs?
I am a very friendly person and I can work very well with others. I am fluent in both Spanish and English

How would you encourage others to embrace their cultures?
I would encourage others to not be afraid of who they are and where they come from.

What is was your favorite multicultural presentation so far?
I cannot say that I have a favorite presentation because I have attended so many different ones and enjoyed each of them.

What is your favorite thing about ENMU?
My favorite thing about ENMU is the community of this campus, it is very friendly and welcoming.

How has being the Hispanic Rey/Reina queen affected your perspective on your culture?
Being Hispanic Rey has shown me that if our culture comes together, we can do anything.

What is the one aspect of the Hispanic culture you feel most passionate about?
I really love how our culture is so united.

If you could describe the Hispanic culture with three words what would they be and why?
Kind
United
Loving

What's your favorite part about being king/queen?
My favorite part is just being able to represent my culture at this great University.

Who is your biggest influence and why?
My biggest influence is my father. He had to work hard for everything he has and he has made me the man that I am today.

If there is one thing you wanted the ENMU community to know about your culture what would it be?
I want the ENMU community to embrace our culture more than it does.

What is some advice you would give to future kings/queens?
My advice would be to get involved. Getting involved in all the events and just hanging out around the Hispanic Affairs office makes things much more fun and entertaining. And always wear your sash and crown, you never know who you will run into and they might want a picture with you, so always dress nice.