CSN’s Mariachi Plata Takes Top Honors at Annual National Competition

Dear CSN Family,

Our Mariachi Plata continues to impress and grab national headlines. This weekend, group members took first and third place in the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza National Vocal Competition!

This is the nation’s largest and most prestigious mariachi festival and competition, and I couldn’t be prouder of our students, faculty and staff involved in the program. Student Yasmine Duenes took first place, while student Precious Carrasco took third place. What an incredible accomplishment. Congratulations to Yasmine and Precious!

This historic milestone for the CSN family shows that Mariachi Plata comes out of our world class Music and Performing Arts programs. In only the program’s second year, these results are indeed impressive. Last year, you will recall, Mariachi Plata placed third overall, while two CSN students took first and second place in the vocalist competition.

Mariachi is an important part of the culture in Southern Nevada, particularly among the region’s growing Latino population of Mexican descent. I want to thank Fine Arts Chair Bob Bonora and Mariachi Director Fernando Gonzalez for their dedication and hard work. Without dedicated individuals like them who put students first, none of this would have been possible.

Thank you.

Federico Zaragoza
College of Southern Nevada

Yasmine Duenes
Precious Carrasco
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