Paul Quinn College Crowns the First Latina Miss PQC in School’s History
Dallas, TX – November 7, 2013 - Cici Soto, a Junior from Chihuahua, Mexico, was crowned Miss PQC Tuesday night and holds the title of the first Latina Miss PQC in Paul Quinn College’s 86 years of Miss PQC history. Miss PQC is responsible for representing the best of what we are here at PQC. She is asked to represent our school at a number of events, both on and off campus, and holds one of the highest student leadership positions.
“Winning the Miss PQC pageant is not just about looking pretty and having a strong relationship with students, it is about being committed to the college, and representing the values of the Quinnite Nation. Becoming Miss Paul Quinn involved patience, hard work, and an open mentality to challenge the odds,” says Soto.
Soto ran on a platform of cultural diversity and acceptance and her dream is to establish a foundation to help immigrants with the cultural transition from their native country to the United States. Showing her perseverance and dedication, this is Soto’s third year running for Miss PQC and shined especially during the interview segment. Soto is receiving her degree in Business Administration with a focus in accounting and holds a variety of honors on campus such as: Presidential Scholar, founder and president of the Latino Student Association and vice president of our student government.
“I am so proud of the Quinnite Nation for having the courage to elect a Queen based on her being our kind, regardless of her color. This is what true #nationbuilding is about. At Paul Quinn College we reach beyond the barriers created by outside society and choose to focus on character, commitment, and leadership. When you look at our queen and her court, it is obvious that our students, staff, and alumni understand this concept perfectly,” says Paul Quinn College President, Michael Sorrell.
Five candidates participated in Miss PQC, which was sponsored by Heart & Soul, a non-profit focused on fitness, health and wellness for women of color. The evening included performances by a variety of PQC students and friends and concluded with the crowning of Cici Soto after eveningwear presentation and interviews. Miss PQC candidates included:
- Stephanie Glenn – Sophomore from Detroit, MI
- Destiny Modeste – Junior from Brooklyn, NY
- Karen Romero – Sophomore from Dallas, TX
- Stefanie Scott – Sophomore from Kansas City, KS
- Cici Soto – Junior from Chihuahua, Mexico
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