Miss Puerto Rico of Rochester crowned

ROCHESTER — A 17-year-old Greece student was crowned Miss Puerto Rico of Rochester during the annual pageant held June 30.

Gabriela Hernández, who will be a senior at Greece Athena High School, was crowned the 2012 Queen during the ceremony held at the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s Eisenhart Auditorium, according to information at www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Puerto-Rico-of-Rochester/188844081213176. Kailani Manivong, also 17, was crowned 2012 Princess.

Girls between the ages of 14 and 17 compete in the annual pageant. The contestants must be of Puerto Rican descent and maintain at least a B average in school, according to pageant officials. Each contestant is judged on a personal interview, cultural expression of a talent, elegance and poise, and character. The $2,000 prize includes an educational scholarship, a clothing wardrobe, a photo shoot, jewelry and promotional opportunities. 

Gabriela and Kailani will participate in the 43rd-annual Puerto Rican Festival to be held this weekend.

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