A native of Denver, Marybel Gonzalez was crowned Miss Colorado USA on 30 October 2011 and represented Colorado at the Miss USA 2012 pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marybel has a Masters in journalism from Columbia University and works as a bilingual reporter for WBBM in Chicago.
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Educational core values have always prevailed in the life of Marybel Gonzalez. During her senior year at George Washington High School, Marybel was awarded the Daniels Fund Scholarship, a full ride scholarship to any university in the country. As a Daniel’s Fund Scholar, Marybel embarked on her educational journey in California at Pomona College, one of the nationÕs most prestigious liberal arts colleges. During her junior year, Marybel had the opportunity to study abroad in Argentina, where she enrolled at the University of Buenos Aires in the social studies semester program. While abroad, Marybel dedicated her time researching the labor rights and access to employment opportunities for the women of Argentina. For her research, she was awarded the Paul and Evelyn Ritchner Award for Undergraduate Research on Women’s Rights. In 2009, she graduated with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Spanish Literature. Currently, she is a student of Radio and Television Broadcasting.
Marybel’s passion for academics runs parallel with her commitment to other student’s success. Working with Denver Public School students, Marybel has been a part of Breakthrough Collaborative, an organization dedicated to preparing inner city students for a college bound path. In the organization, she served as a math teacher and a mentor for a class of 7th grade students. Marybel’s collaboration with the organization has inspired her to continue working towards the goal of better access to education and resources for the youth in her community.
In her free time, Marybel is an avid horseback rider. She is part of an Equestrian Side Saddle team, Las Amazonas de Colorado, comprised of nine other young ladies. Together, these ladies have won several state championships and have traveled to many states displaying their horsemanship and routines. Marybel also enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, reading and salsa dancing. Marybel has a passion for traveling, her favorite destination being Italy.
In the future, Marybel dreams of becoming a source of information for her community as a news anchor. Alongside her career goals as a broadcaster, Marybel will continue to work towards the educational success of fellow students by founding her own non-profit aimed at preparing students for college and other higher learning opportunities.