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Savannah Latinas participate in Teen Pageant

  • Hermanas- Angela y Gina Velasquez. Foto de Facebook.

Savannah sisters Gina and Angela Velasquez were both finalists in the 2017 Miss Georgia Teen Pageant held last month in Atlanta, Georgia.
Angela, age 15, attends Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career Academy and wants to become a music therapist when she finishes her schooling.
Gina Zahori Velasquez is 18-years-old and will graduate from The Savannah Arts Academy (SAA) this spring. She plays the viola, violin, and percussion instruments in the school orchestra. She is the president of the SAA International Cultural Exchange Organization. She is very active in her church, The Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana de Savannah. Gina plans to study foreign languages and become a teacher when she finishes her schooling. She has worked as an interpreter at her church and as an intern for Bright Life Chiropractic.
Gina said she was initially reluctant to participate because in the past she had viewed pageants as harmful to young women's self-esteem.
“But this was a pageant centered on personality rather than physical appearance,” she said. “There were three parts to the competition: a personal interview with the judges; casual wear; and formal wear. There was no talent portion and no swimsuit competition. To get accepted we had to participate in a preliminary interview at the information session.”
Gina won third runner-up in the competition.
The Velasquez sisters offered special thanks to their sponsors: Anita Maid's Cleaning Services,
K & M Multiservice & Insurance, Raíces Latinas Restaurant, La Comarca Mexican Buffet, Taqueria Y Panaderia, La Canasta 2, and Sandra Feitosa Realtor.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017