The Principles promoted by the pageant are goodwill and service beyond self. Based on these principles also held up by the Miss America Pageant, we are proud to acknowledge the good deeds of Miss Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010 and invited her to Host the 2011 Miss Africa USA Pageant. She is making a difference by promoting HIV and AIDS Awareness in the United States and we hope she will one day take her message to Africa too. You are hereby invited to learn more about this dynamic and very talented young Lady who continues to shine her light in the world. Please bring your families and friends out on Sunday Nov 13th to support the Pageant and also meet our host Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010.
Caressa believes strongly in her message, Real Talk: AIDS in America. She is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Fighting the AIDS Crisis with Education and Support (FACES) Project and she served on the steering team which brought the Ora-Sure HIV (Oral) Antibody Test to the State of Virginia. In addition, she organized an effort to persuade public school officials to establish AIDS-targeted sex education in middle schools. She has spoken to over 10,000 students in more than 40 middle and high schools across Virginia. 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 in Virginia. She was also awarded the Whitman Walker Partner for Life award for her efforts to spread awareness of HIV/AIDS. Community service has always been a part of Caressa’s life and, in high school, she received the Fellowship of Christian Athletes award for integrity, service, teamwork, and excellence.
An accomplished vocalist and talent award winner at Miss America, Caressa was honoredto perform during the 2009 Presidential Inauguration festivities and she performed at the historic Apollo Theatre in New York City. As Miss America, she was honored to sing the “National Anthem” for many professional sporting events across the country. She enjoys performing many genres of music, including, pop, classical, jazz, country, and gospel.
Caressa is fulfilling her degree requirements at Virginia Commonwealth University in broadcast communications. She hopes to pursue a Masters degree in mass communications and to become a leading anchor in television news. At VCU, she was named to the dean’s list and she has received academic honors for her scholastic achievements.