Hampton University student is runner up in Miss Virginia Pageant
Desiree Williams, a physical therapy graduate student at Hampton University, was chosen as the first runner up in June's Miss Virginia Pageant, according to a recent press release.
Williams, former Miss Hampton University and Miss Peninsula, will take over for Rosemary Willis, winner of the Miss Virginia title, if she becomes unable to fulfill her duties.
"Making it so far in the Miss Virginia pageant, and all the while representing the Peninsula and Hampton University, was a thrill and an honor," Williams said. "I am grateful for the opportunity to have competed with such wonderful ladies, including another Hamptonian."
Phyllicia Whittingham, who earned her business degree from Hampton University, also competed in the Miss Virginia contestant, which consisted of a private, 10 minute interview, talent, swimwear, evening wear and an on stage question. Williams won the preliminary contest in both the swimsuit and academic competitions.
Dr. Sheila Maye, executive director of the the Miss Hampton University Scholarship Pageant, said Williams is deserving of the runner-up title.
"Our Miss Hampton 2010-2011, Desiree Williams, was my unbiased choice to win the Miss Virginia Pageant," Maye said. "She displayed excellence in her exceptional intellect, talent, life style and fitness, and exemplified the elegant poise, grace and beauty not only of a Miss Virginia, but of a Miss America. She is truly the epitome of the 'Hampton Woman.' I congratulate her and wish her success in all future endeavors."
For more information about the Miss Virginia pageant, call the Miss Virginia organization at 540-721-2877 or visit missva.com.