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Introducing Martha Freites, the new Miss Illinois Latina 2015
The beginning of that journey coincides with the dates of the Miss U.S. Latina competition that will take place in Mexico in late summer, leaving Candi unable to compete for the National title. The Miss Illinois Latina Organization supports Candi in her decision and wishes her the best of luck in her studies and is proud of her accomplishments and contributions as an exceptional titleholder.
Martha Freites, first runner-up in the Miss Illinois Latina pageant, will assume the title of Miss Illinois Latina 2015. Martha accepted the title in late March and is ready to step in and carry out the rest of the year. She will be preparing for and competing in the National competition.
Mexican native and of Venezuelan descent, Martha Freites was born in August of 1992 daughter of a missionary father and a stay at home mother. Martha is the sister of four male siblings and immigrate to the United States at a very young age. At only fifteen, Martha’s father parted on a missionary trip to South America, leaving her in a single parent household. This family transition gave Martha the opportunity to take on a more responsible role in helping raise her brothers and overall, shaped her into the woman she has become.
Through many hardships ensued, she has conquered every obstacle and has explored every opportunity that has come her way. To date Martha has obtained her degree in general studies and is employed as a Judicial Court Interpreter, currently assisting in breaking the language barrier between English and non- English speakers. She serves in various community initiatives which include, volunteering at St. Mary’s with women of mental health issues, meal packing for children in Haiti with Love A Child and organizing youth group events at her church. Furthermore, she is currently working with The Light and Leadership Initiative in partnership with Unearth the World to travel to South America to motivate and educated students in various courses. Martha plans to create an organization geared towards helping Latino youth not only achieve educational excellence but also to develop and empower their self-confidence, drive and inner strength.
Resilient, humble and benevolent will continue to be the words used to define the type of woman Martha is. As she competes in the Miss US Latina 2015-2016 in Cancun, Mexico, she aspires for the crown with many plans for the Latino community in mind. Martha diligently seeks out ways to be a progressive role model and inspire others through her own life, subsequently helping equip them in the development of their drive, strength and self-confidence to dream big and steer their life in a positive direction. She is another example of being “more than a model…a role model”.
To learn more about the Miss Illinois Latina Organization please visit our website www.MissIllinoisLatina.com and our Facebook page www.Facebook.com/