Desiree Williams Crowned Winner of Miss Virginia Pageant

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    (Courtesy Tolentino)

    Desiree Williams of Newport News is the new Miss Virginia.

    The Hampton University graduate was crowned Saturday night at the pageant in Roanoke. She competed as Miss Arlington.

    Williams earns a $17,500 scholarship and will compete in the 2014 Miss America pageant in September.

    Miss Hampton-Newport News Lauren Kiedinger was named first runner-up. She was followed by Miss Lynchburg Courtney Grant, Miss Apple Blossom Festival Victoria Maiden and Miss Northern Virginia Savannah Lane.