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Howard University Student Crowned Miss District of Columbia


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Twenty-one year old Howard University student Shayna Rudd ran away with the title of Miss District of Columbia last night at the 54th Annual Pageant, themed "Diva! Las Vegas. Fourteen young women competed for the honor of representing DC in the 2008 Miss America Pageant next spring. The contestants performed a lively opening number and were judged in five style categories- lifestyle and fitness, evening wear, interview, talent, and onstage questioning.


As the overall winner, Ms. Rudd will receive a $4000 scholarship award. Her modern dance interpretation of her "testimony", a reference to her pageant platform, "Telling Each Story to Inspire More of Our Nation's Youth to Succeed", brought her the highest scores in the Talent competition and a $200 scholarship. She also earned an additional $450 for winning the Swimsuit category and received the highest score in the Evening Gown category as well.


First Runner Up is Chelsey Rodgers, a student at Howard Law School. Ms. Rodgers wins a $1500 scholarship, and an additional $200 for winning the Interview competition. This is Ms. Rodgers' second year in a row to be honored as First Runner Up.


Second Runner Up is Jennifer Corey, a student at American University. She wins a $1350 scholarship. Ms Corey also received the Miracle Maker Award for raising more funds for Children's Miracle Network than any other contestant. She is ranked the #6 fundraiser in the country this year.


Other awards included Michelle Crosby- Miss Congeniality and a $100 award, and Carla Brown- Miss America Acadamic Award of $1000.


The Miss America Organization is the world's largest provider of scholarships for young women.

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