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Countdown to Miss America 2011!
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In just a few weeks we’ll be crowning a new Miss America! Join Valerie as she talks with Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010, about her incredible year of service and her accomplishments inspiring others. Plus Caressa will talk about what being Miss America is really like and share her insider tips on what this year’s contestants can expect. Then Valerie will talk with Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Lacey Russ about what it takes to impress the judges in the interview room and on-stage during the talent competition. We’re kicking off our Countdown to Miss America and you won’t want to miss it!
Episode Segments:
PTR: Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron
Hard to belive its been almost a year since Caressa Cameron was crowned as Miss America! She’ll take us back to give us an inside look at her last few weeks of prep, and the whirlwind that took place after she was named Miss America. She’ll also share her winning tips for each facet of the competition, tell us how she’s adapted to being an American Icon, and how handling pressure is the most important part of her title.
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Pageant Talk Radio: Miss America’s Ourstanding Teen Lacey Russ
Lacey tells is about her crowing moment, her platform Pure Excellence, and what she’ll be doing at the Miss America Pageant. We’ll also get her tips on choosing a talent that will really get the judges’ attention and how to prep for the onstage interview.
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About Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Inc.
Miss America's Outstanding Teen is a scholarship-based program offering accomplished teens the opportunity to be awarded funds for college. The program promotes scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America's teens.

Miss America Website
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.

Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Caressa Cameron
Caressa Cameron of Virginia was crowned Miss America 2010 at the annual Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas on 30 January 2010. Cameron attended Massaponax High School in Virginia, then spent two years at Germanna Community College before moving to Virginia Commonwealth University, where she became a broadcast communications major. She won the Miss Virgina Pageant in 2009, in part based on her platform issue, "Real Talk: AIDS in America." It was her fourth time as a contestant in the pageant. She then won the Miss America Pageant (including a $50,000 scholarship) after singing the song "Listen," made famous by Beyoncé in the movie Dreamgirls. Cameron was 22 years old when she became Miss America. Her ambition is to work as an anchor for a television news station.

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