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Honors were also given to event volunteers and the top fitness-swimsuit contestant.
Miss Smith Mountain Lake Nicole Wimmer Platform: You’re the Cure: Healthy lifestyle choices Talent: Vocal Nicole has an associate’s degree in applied science in nursing.
Miss Hampton-Newport News Lauren Danielle Kiedinger Platform: Girls on the Run: Building and maintaining healthy self-esteem in young girls through exercise Talent: Vocal Lauren has sung the National Anthem at two major country concerts.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Two major-award winners were announced at Friday’s second preliminary round of the Miss Virginia 2013 competition. Miss Hampton-Newport News, Laura Kiedinger, and Miss Smith Mountain Lake, Nicole Wimmer, both walked away with awards from the Margaret Baker Foundation Scholarship.
Wimmer, from Union Hall, received the $1,000 award for her powerful vocal performance of “Alone” by the rock band Heart. Kiedinger, from Yorktown, recei ved the $500 award for the fitness and swimsuit round.
Multiple awards were given out to other contestants as well. As well as Wimmer’s main award, she also received the Children’s Miracle Hospital award for raising the most money for the organization. Miss Greater Hampton Roads, Bridget Lundberg, received the Spirit of Miss Virginia award. Also, t here was a three-way tie for the Caitlin Uze Legacy of Kindness Award among Lundberg; Miss Peninsula, Katie Mitchell; and Miss Hanover, Phyllicia Whittingham. The three contestants split an award of $600 .
The night was full of more memories, talent showcases and exciting wardrobes. Honors were also given to longtime volunteers of the Miss Virginia organization,
But the competition itself was not the only big hit Friday night. Miss Virginia 2010, Caressa Cameron, performed a song that was dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. The song was written by Tommy Holcomb of Salem. Representatives of the Newtown Relief Fund came to thank Cameron, Holcomb and pageant director Mark Schreier.
“The day after the shooting happened, I thought of this idea walking out of a CVS,” Schreier said.
Schreier says that the next step is to push the song to radio stations all over the country.
“I want people all over to hear this song. There was a lot of work put into it, and the performance was fantastic.”
The song will be on sale on iTunes and Amazon.
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