Miss Virginia Caressa Cameron, 22, of Fredericksburg, Va., was named the 2010 Miss America out of a total of 53 contestants on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The show was hosted by actor Mario Lopez and the panel of judges included radio host Rush Limbaugh, actress Vivica Fox, musician Dave Koz, Miss America 2002 Katie Harman, gymnast Shawn Johnson and former “American Idol” finalist Brooke White.
Cameron won a $50,000 scholarship after singing Beyonce’s “Listen” from “Dreamgirls” and telling kids they should get outside more often. She is a broadcast journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University, and wants to become an anchor.
Miss California Kristy Cavinder was the first runner-up and took home $25,000.
Cameron, Cavinder and Miss Michigan Nicole Blaszczyk each won $2,000 this week for winning talent competitions among three split fields of contestants.
Miss Oregon CC Barber, Miss New York Alyse Zwick and Miss Puerto Rico Mimi Pabon each won $1,000 in nightly swimsuit competitions.
Miss Oklahoma Taylor Treat won the $6,000 Quality of Life award, given to the contestant judged to excel most in volunteerism and community service.
The top 15 contestants were :
Miss Oklahoma Taylor Treat
Miss Arkansas Sarah Slocum
Miss Kentucky Mallory Ervin
Miss Tennessee Stefanie Wittler
Miss Colorado Katie Layman
Miss California Kristy Cavinder
Miss Indiana Nicole Pollard
Miss Hawaii Raeceen Woolford
Miss Louisiana Katherine Putnam
Miss District of Columbia Jennifer Corey
Miss New Mexico Nicole Miner
Miss Virginia Caressa Cameron
Miss Texas Kristen Blair
Miss Nebraska Brittany Jeffers
Miss Oregon CC Barber