The Miss Virginia competition is a scholarship pageant for women, with the titleholder representing Virginia in the Miss America pageant. The competition was founded in 1953 as a scholarship contest for young women, although women had represented Virginia in the Miss America pageant since the 1930s. Three Miss Virginia winners have gone on to be crowned Miss America, including former national titleholder Caressa Cameron.
To compete in the Miss Virginia pageant, a contestant must first win one of many local competitions. Contestants may compete at the local and state level more than once, but having won a state title may only compete in the national Miss America competition one time. The state pageant is traditionally held in Roanoke, Virginia at the Roanoke Civic Center in June or July.
During her reign, Miss Virginia travels over 20,000 miles across the state making appearances to further her personal platform and for the Miss America Organization's national Children's Miracle Network campaign.
Dorcas Campbell from Farfield was Miss Virginia of 1963 and won many singing contests was in the newspaper all the time and was a very talented opera singer. Kristi Lauren Glakas, Miss Virginia 2005, is one of only seven women who have competed in the Miss America, Miss Teen USA, and Miss USA competitions. She was Miss Virginia Teen USA 1999 and Miss Virginia USA 2004, placing in the top ten at Miss Teen USA 1999 and was a non-finalist at Miss USA 2004. Two other Miss Virginia titleholders later competed in the Miss USA pageant: Jennifer Pitts was Miss Virginia USA 2005 and Shannon DePuy was Miss Florida USA 1995.
Miss Virginia Wikipedia
The year in brackets indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.Winners: Kylene Barker (1979), Nicole Johnson (1999), Caressa Cameron (2010)
1st runners-up: Julianne Smith (1987), Cullen Johnson (1995), Courtney Garrett (2015)
2nd runners-up: Anne Lee Ceglis (1954)
3rd runners-up: Evangeline Glidewell (1934), Kristi Lauren Glakas (2006), Hannah Kiefer (2008)
4th runners-up: Rosa Marie Elliott (1940), Nancy Glisson (1994)
Top 10: Caitlin Uze (2011)
Top 15: Elizabeth Crot (2012), Savannah Lane (2015)
Preliminary Talent: Anne Lee Ceglis (1954), Dorcas Campbell (1964), Cherie Davis (1969), Pamela Polk (1977), Crystal Evans (2000), Caressa Cameron (2010)
Preliminary Swimsuit: Linda Moyer (1972), Julianne Smith (1987), Cullen Johnson (1995), Nancy Redd (2004), Kristi Lauren Glakas (2006)
Non-finalist Talent: Rebecca Richardson (1957), Alice Sue Williams (1960), Patricia Gaulding (1963), Carolyn Eddy (1965), Sydney Lewis (1970), Terri Bartlett (1978),Susan Parker (1984), Tami Elliott (1990), Sheri Huffman (1992), Lora Flattum (1993), Michelle Kang (1997), Kelli Quick (1998)
Finalists: Adrianna Sgarlata (2007), Tara Wheeler (2008), Caitlin Uze (2011) Courtney Garrett (2015)
Miss Congeniality: Linda Maclin (1967) Mary Jane Roark (1969)
Waterford Crystal Business Scholarship: Cullen Johnson (1995)
Children's Champion award: Nancy Redd (2004), Mariah Rice (2005)
Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship Recipient: Hannah Kiefer (2008)
* Succeeded to the crown after Miss Virginia won Miss America