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A Latina Is Crowned Queen At Historically Black Paul Quinn College

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Cici Soto is the first Latina to be crowned Miss PQC at Paul Quinn College, a historically black school.

Paul Quinn College, the historically black school in southern Dallas, has named the winner of its Miss PQC pageant.

She’s a Latina.

That’s a first for the college and its 86-year-old pageant.

Cici Soto, a junior from Chihuahua, Mexico, was crowned Miss PQC on Tuesday night.

She’ll represent the school at various events and holds one of the highest student leadership positions.

Soto ran on a platform of “cultural diversity and acceptance,” according to a Paul Quinn College news release.

Soto, who plans on majoring in business administration, hopes to establish a foundation to help immigrants new to the United States.

This was Soto’s third year running for the Miss PQC title.

“Becoming Miss Paul Quinn involved patience, hard work, and an open mentality to challenge the odds,” Soto said in the release.

Michael Sorrell, the college’s president said that his school reaches “beyond the barriers created by outside society.”

“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,” Sorrell said.

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