HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Township resident Kimberly Ann Santaromita, a graduate of Hillsborough High School now attending graduate school at Rutgers University, has been selected as Miss UNICO Hillsborough for 2017-18.
Her first official Miss UNICO Hillsborough public appearance will be at the Hillsborough Rotary Fair Family Fun Day for families with children and young adults with disabilities on Saturday, Aug.19th at 1pm.
She is a second-year student at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education and is pursuing her master’s degree in education for grades K through 6; she maintains a 4.0 grade point average.
"I am very proud of my Italian heritage and it is very important to me because it connects me with my grandparents and my father," she said. "My grandmother was born in Italy in a town near Bari called Palo del Colle. She migrated to the United States when she was only ten years old. My grandfather’s family were originally from Naples and Sicily.
"While attending Hillsborough High School, I took two years of Italian language classes," she added. "I loved learning Italian and continue to improve my language skills when visiting with my grandmother. I also traveled to Italy after graduating high school. I enjoyed the beauty and culture of the country and people while visiting areas such as Florence, Venice, Rome, The Vatican and Capri."
While an undergraduate student at Rutgers, obtaining a degree in Psychology with a minor in Education, she graduated with a 3.7 GPA. She also competed on the Rutgers University Equestrian team for 2 years.
Santaromita is an avid reader and enjoys helping and caring for animals. She recently adopted her own rescue dog.
UNICO National, founded in 1922, is the largest Italian American service organization in America, with local Chapters in 22 states across the country. Its all-volunteer members work to support charitable, educational, scientific and literary causes while promoting Italian heritage and combating negative stereotyping. For more information visit http://www.unico.org.