Emily Black

Emily Black, 7, of Blacksburg recently returned from the National American Miss Pageant in California, where she placed in the Top 5 in the United States for the Spokesmodel category in the Princess Division.

She delivered her memorized speech entitled “How We Can Make this World a Better Place: Stand Up to Bullying” at the Anaheim Marriott before a ballroom filled with several hundred audience members as well as a panel of judges.

To qualify for nationals, Emily placed in the Queen’s Court at the National American Miss Virginia Pageant, securing her slot to compete at the national level in Anaheim. Also at the state level, Emily earned the title of Most Promising Model and placed in the Top 5 in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the categories of Talent, Top Model, and Photogenic in the Princess Division.

“We really didn’t know what to expect,” said Sarah…

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