For the first time since 1999 a contestant from Virginia was named Miss America. Caressa Cameron, a 22-year-old broadcast journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University, was picked as 2010’s Miss America. Cameron competed against fellow women from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Cameron won $50,000 in scholarship money in addition to her new title after impressing the judges by singing “Listen” from “Dreamgirls.” Cameron also used her interview time to urge America’s parents to limit video games and television, instead encouraging them to send children outside for fresh air, imaginative activities, and good old-fashioned exercise.
Cameron is also the first African-American Miss America since Ericka Dunlap in 2005. She hopes to one day become a television news anchor but will focus her current time and energy on raising money for various charitable organizations.