|Miss Tennessee Latina Lilibeth Leon|
The finals & coronation of Miss Latina US 2010 will take place in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic this Saturday, May 29 at 8:30 p.m. Central Time. Miss Tennessee Latina Lilibeth Leon, a 2010 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will be representing the Volunteer State.
Leon, who grew up in Jackson, Tennessee, was crowed Miss Tennessee Latina on November 22, 2008. The lag time between then and her appearance in this national pageant is due to the cancellation of the 2009 national pageant due to the recession and the H1N1 epidemic. In the interim, statewide pageant coordinator Marjorie Weller stepped down, leaving the spot vacant in Tennessee.
Leon told me that the turmoil in pageant administration put into question whether she would be able to appear at the national competition:
I was pretty discouraged, and I wasn't sure what my next step was. However, after a talk with the national coordinator and help from my parents I concluded that I would be able to go represent the state in the national pageant after all. Regardless of the few setbacks I've had, I'm super excited to go and give it my best.Tennessee will also be represented at the pageant by special guests Saints of Havana, a Cuban-American modern pop country band based in Nashville.
The pageant will be webcast via www.xtremovision.com on Saturday, May 29 at 8:30 p.m. Central Time. The winner advances to the worldwide competition for Miss Latin America.