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Caressa Cameron, formerly Miss Virginia, wins Miss America 2010 title

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By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, January 31, 2010

A 22-year-old woman who represented Virginia was named the winner Saturday night in the 2010 Miss America pageant.

At the competition, held in Las Vegas, Caressa Cameron of Fredericksburg, a Virginia Commonwealth University communications major, won one of the oldest and most celebrated titles in American popular culture.

"Take away the TV, take away the video games, set some standards for our children!" she answered unhesitatingly in the interview portion of the contest, in which she was asked what to do about the epidemic of childhood obesity.

As winner of the pageant, which is in its 88th year, she is to receive a $50,000 scholarship.

Her talent was listed as singing, (vocal pop) and Saturday night she sang the "Dreamgirls" ballad "Listen." Her platform was listed as AIDS education.

She went to Massaponax High School before VCU, and has been a dean's list student. Her career ambition is to work as an anchor for a television news station, according to the site.

Jen Corey, 22, Miss D.C., was in the top 10. Cameron follows two other winners from Virginia, Nicole Johnson in 1999 and Kylene Barker in 1979.


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