Virginia’s four Miss Americas coming home to Roanoke for 2021 Miss Virginia competition

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(Photos: Courtesy Miss Virginia Scholarship Organization)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — After a four-year hiatus, the Miss Virginia Pageant is not only returning to Roanoke, but also bringing along the previous Miss Virginia and four former Miss Virginias who ended up being crowned Miss America.

The Miss Virginia preliminary competition starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17; the Outstanding Teen competition and Teens in Training program will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18; and the final Miss Virginia competition begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.

This three-night event will welcome the most recent Miss Virginia winner, Dot Kelly, as well as four previous Miss Virginia winners who went on to win the Miss America pageant.

Kylene Barker, Miss America 1979; Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010; and Camille Schrier, Miss America 2020 are set to host the Miss Virginia Competition preliminary competition on Thursday. Then, Barker, Cameron, and Schrier — as well as Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999 — will host the competition finals on Saturday.

You can read the full bios for the four Miss Virginias/Miss Americas returning to Roanoke for the pageant below:

Kylene Barker, Miss America 1979

After her year of service as Miss America 1979, Kylene Barker signed a 10-year lease at age 23 and opened D. Kylene Ladies Apparel in Palm Beach, which she owned and operated for 13 years. Several corporations and associations, including Clairol, the Manmade Fiber Producers Association, the Palm Aire Spa, and the Made in the USA Council chose Kylene to be their corporate spokesperson.

Drawing from her experience as a writer, producer and editor of her own segments on “The Today Show,” Kylene has produced fashion shows for the American Yarn Spinners Association, the American Textile Manufacturers Association and companies associated with the Crafted with Pride Council.

Winning the Miss America title as an acrobatic dancer, Kylene believes fitness and beauty go hand-in-hand with fashion. She is the author of Southern Beauty: A Total Fitness and Beauty Program for that Winning All-American Look. She has also released her own exercise audio book, Stamina with Style.

As a graduate of Virginia Tech, Kylene enjoyed serving on the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Miss America, Kylene’s Miss America crown will be placed on display at the Holtzman Alumni Center this fall.

During the 2007 Miss American Competition in Las Vegas, she married Canadian businessman Ian McNeill. Kylene resides in her country cottage in Canada and spends the winter months in Naples, FL.

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Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999

As Miss America 1999, Nicole Johnson brought awareness to diabetes by sharing her personal story and gained a reputation for her engagement in diabetes research focused on psychosocial issues.

She has a Doctor of Public Health degree, as well as master’s degrees in Public Health and Communication. Her professional background includes many years of executive leadership at the American Diabetes Association, JDRF, and the University of South Florida College of Medicine/College of Public Health.

She is currently Vice President of Operations in Science & Health Care at the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Johnson also spent many years in health journalism where she won a Telly Award for her CNBC show dLife and wrote 8 books.

Nicole has served on many advisory boards including the NIH Council of Public Representatives, the Florida Governor’s Diabetes Advisory Council, and the national boards for both the American Diabetes Association and JDRF.

She is a recipient of the Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Diabetes, the C. Everett Koop Medal for Health Promotion, and has been recognized by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health as a Legacy Laureate and Regent University as a Distinguished Alumni.

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Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010

Caressa Cameron was crowned Miss America 2010 and traveled over 250,000 miles during her year of service.

Caressa believes strongly in her message, “Real Talk: AIDS In America.” She has spoken to over 100,000 students across the country about making healthy choices and honoring their bodies.

For her efforts, she was the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and she was presented with a Congressional Honor for her community service endeavors. She was also awarded the Whitman Walker Partner for Life award for her efforts to spread awareness of HIV/AIDS.

An accomplished vocalist and talent award winner at Miss America, Caressa was honored to perform during the 2009 Presidential Inauguration festivities, the 2010 White House Christmas Tree lighting, and more!

Caressa is a Worship Leader at Lifepoint Church in Fredericksburg, VA, and can be heard on Lifepoint Worship’s newest album, Mountain/Valley, as the lead vocalist on the songs “The Fire” and “Mighty River,” available everywhere digital music is sold.

Caressa now resides in Caroline County with her Husband, Nathaniel, and their two children. Caressa is the Owner and Lead Designer of “Caressed by Design,” a full-service Wedding and Event Planning Company.

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Camille Schrier, Miss America 2020

In June 2019, Camille Schrier was selected as Miss Virginia after breaking from tradition to perform a highly engaging, entertaining and educational science demonstration, the “catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide” for the onstage talent competition.

Camille traveled throughout Virginia inspiring thousands of students and became a sought-after keynote speaker in the Commonwealth.

On December 19, 2019, Camille was named Miss America 2020 from among 51 candidates, distinguishing herself in the 100-year history of the organization as the only woman to win the job with the help of science as her talent.

Also, of historic significance, she is the only Miss America to ever face the challenge of serving her role through a pandemic and be fully grounded for an extended period.

Flexible, adaptable, creative and resilient, Camille travelled the country both physically and virtually, speaking about drug safety and abuse prevention, naloxone and the opioid epidemic, leadership, innovation, authenticity and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a genetic disorder that she was diagnosed with at age 11.

She secured partnerships with the DEA & CDC, brought science to thousands of students, and further carved her legacy as the first Miss America to speak in the United Nations General Assembly.

Camille holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Systems Biology with honors from Virginia Tech. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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In addition, Roanoke native and longtime Miss Virginia enthusiast, Lowell Hill, will be returning to the stage. According to organizers, Hill is a past Miss Virginia board president, emcee, and vocalist who has supported the program for decades by performing and by raising money for Miss Virginia scholarships.

Tickets for the competition — which are now up for sale online or at the Berglund Center box office — cost $57 for Thursday and Friday, and $67 for Saturday.

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