Since 1954, the Miss Roanoke Valley program has mentored hundreds of local women and girls to achieve their dreams. As representatives of the Miss Virginia and Miss America Organizations, Miss Roanoke Valley and Miss Roanoke Valley’s Outstanding Teen spend their year speaking at civic events, volunteering for local non-profits, and entertaining Virginians of all ages.
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs for young women and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Miss America's values, Scholarship, Service, Style, and Success, are symbolized in the four-points of its crystal crown and are exemplified by the thousands of women who participate in local pageants every year.
Stars of the Star City
Miss Roanoke Valley
Dominga Murray, Miss Roanoke Valley 2020, is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University. Majoring in Communication and Meteorology, Dominga aspires to be a TV anchor for Good Morning America. Previously, Dominga studied at Hollins University.
Dominga is the fourth woman to have held the Miss Roanoke Valley title twice, with wins in both 2020 and 2017. At the 2020 competition, Dominga won the talent award, for her singing performance of "Ain't No Sunshine," and the community service award, for her service work on ending hunger.
Dominga is the director of Helping Hands, a food bank that is focused on lowering food insecurity in Virginia. This year, Helping Hands has raised 8,062 pounds of food, which can feed about three meals to 500 families in one day. Dominga was the recipient of the 2019 Runk & Pratt Empowering Women Scholarship for her work with Helping Hands.
Miss Roanoke Valley's
Jordan Welker, Miss Roanoke Valley's Outstanding Teen 2020, is a junior honor roll student at the Colgan High School Center for Fine and Performing Arts. An accomplished soprano who has performed with the Virginia All-State Honor Choir, Jordan sang "Think of Me," from Phantom of the Opera, at the Miss Roanoke Valley competition.
Jordan's community service platform is "Two Hands, One Heart: CPR Education and Awareness." She is a Red Cross certified CPR, AED, and First Aid Instructor. As Miss Roanoke Valley's Outstanding Teen, Jordan's mission is to equip the public with the knowledge and skills to step in and save a life.
Miss Roanoke Valley's
Princess Everley, Princess Analise, and
Miss Roanoke Valley's Teen-in-Training Makenzie.