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HCS Alum: Miss District of Columbia 2017
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Briana Kinsey
Briana Kinsey

Hoover native Briana Kinsey this week was crowned Miss District of Columbia and now will compete in the Miss America competition in Atlantic City in September.

Kinsey, who graduated from Hoover High School in 2011 and the University of Alabama in 2015, now lives in Washington, D.C., where she is doing post-baccalaureate work at American University and working full-time as an eyewear consultant at MyEyeDr.

The 24-year-old has been competing in and winning pageants in Alabama for a decade but never one that qualified her for the Miss America competition until now.

“It’s very weird. You’ve always heard about it, and you’ve always dreamed about it, but it’s one of those things you never believed it would happen to you,” Kinsey said. “It’s all kind of a little surreal, but I think it’s a huge accomplishment. I worked really hard, so I’m very excited. I’m just thrilled for the opportunity to be able to represent the district at the Miss America Pageant.”

Kinsey sang Mandisa’s “Born For This” as her talent at the Miss District of Columbia pageant at The Howard Theatre on Sunday. She also won the Miss America Community Service Award for her work with the Daring to Defeat Diabetes organization she founded years ago.

That scholarship was $1,000, but she also received a $10,000 scholarship for winning the Miss District of Columbia title. In the past 10 years, she has earned about $60,000 in scholarship money from pageants, plus an $80,000 Presidential Scholarship from the University of Alabama for her academics, she said.

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