2022 Miss New Mexico

Kaitlin Kerl

Miss New Mexico 2022

School: The University of New Mexico

College Major: Master of Architecture Student

Scholarship Winnings: $8,450

Scholastic Honors: 

Mercer Speech Scholarship
Speech Competition Finalist UNM Communication Department

Colorado Reciprocal Academic Scholarship

Bachelor Graduate Magna cum laude Honors

Miss New Mexico Scholarships
STEM, People’s Choice, First Runner Up, Local Scholarships

Peggy Cavett Walden & Jerrold Leanky Walden Endowed Scholarship

UNM Architecture Student Success Scholarship

Deans List Honors

Career Ambition: Architect and Business Owner

Talent: Acrobatic Jazz Dance

Social Impact Initiative: The purpose of my social impact initiative is to teach women of all ages how to work on projects and restore things on their own, skills that are valuable for all areas of life. It is my goal to help boost economies across the U.S. by increasing communal well-being, housing, and educational opportunities for women through my volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I ever received was to always have an open mind and to go about everything in life with kindness. This advice has truly led me to discovering some of the things I love most in life and allowed me to build lifelong relationships. Although the person who gave me this advice has since passed, it has got me through some of the most difficult times in my life and helped me experience life to the fullest and that means everything.