By RAY QUIROGA
Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS
Kaylyn Villarreal is a force to be reckoned with. A sophomore attending Texas A&M University –Kingsville, this Port Isabel High School graduate, Class of 2011, and aspiring educator is making a run to be the next Ms. TAMUK, a coveted title among young women on campus.
Earning the title will include a scholarship for Villarreal, but for the 20-year old local girl, being Ms. TAMUK would also afford her the opportunity to represent the campus at functions and serve as an all around campus ambassador.
Villarreal, who is heavily active on campus, said she received her sense of involvement from her family and especially her grandparents. Her grandfather was acclaimed Coach Eliseo Villarreal, who’s best known as a Port Isabel football coach. He was inducted into the Rio Grande Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
Given her pedigree, it’s no wonder she’s majoring in kinesiology and minoring in special education.
As a freshman, Villarreal competed in last year’s event and earned the title of Ms. Lantana, which is equivalent to a “Most photogenic,” title in other pageants.
So why compete again this year? “I’m the type of person that doesn’t like giving up. I strive to for everything I do, especially if I want it,” she answered.
Competition is also stiffer this year as Villarreal will be competing against 12 girls this year as opposed to eight she competed against in 2012.
The contestants will be judged on poise, speech, evening gown and an extended interview the day before the pageant.
Villarreal concluded by saying that she’d make a good Ms. TAMUK because she believes in the University’s values, tradition and quality of education it offers. “For me when I was looking for a university to attend, I was looking for somewhere that had big university standards but a small community college feel to it. For me, I wanted to be close enough to home so if an emergency came up, I’d could be here quickly but far enough to have a true university experience.
The Ms. TAMUK Pageant is slated for April 12-13 on the TAMU campus.
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