Selma, NC: Monday, September 20, 2021 - The Town of Selma announced today the crowning of Miss Hispanic Heritage Johnston County is Kimberly Cortez Manzanares.
Ms. Manzanares was born in Goldsboro, is 14 years old and attends the Early Learning College Academy at Johnston Community College in Smithfield as a 9th grader. She aspires becoming an accountant when she graduates in 2025.
Sergio Benitez, co-owner of Sola Creations, the business that is sponsoring Kimberly is excited to present her to Johnston County.
“Kimberly is a wonderful girl and a fantastic choice for this historic moment.” Benitez stated. “She will represent Johnston County for 1 year and will crown the next Miss Hispanic Heritage in 2022. Selma will once again host the crowning event.”
Unlike a typical pageant where the young girls are judged on looks and poise, the Miss Hispanic Heritage Johnston County is a pageant for charity. High school aged girls will express an interest in competing and then will raise funds for the charity of her choice. The young girl with the most money raised will be crowned the winner. The charity must be a 501(c)3 designated organization.
The Town of Selma is the birthplace of the appointment for the Hispanic Heritage Johnston County. Selma will host the crowning each year forward.
The 2022 pageant will start in March and the winner will be crowned in September for the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month.
For information about the pageant, please contact Sergio at 404-368-4291.
Pictured: Sergio Benitez, Co-Owner of Sola Creations; Kimberly Cortez Manzanares, Miss Hispanic Heritage Johnston County; and Cheryl Oliver, Selma Town Mayor