HAMPTON, Va. (October 30, 2020) – Hampton University student Ciara White-Sparks recently competed in the USA National Miss pageant and has won the title of USA National Miss District of Columbia. White-Sparks, a junior, journalism major, marketing minor from Las Vegas, NV, competed virtually in the pageant on October 11th. She will represent the District of Columbia at the 2021 National Pageant in Disney World, July 4-10, to compete for a prize package that is valued at $100,000.
“Congratulations to Ms. Ciara White-Sparks for winning the title of USA National Miss District of Columbia. She is a true Hamptonian who epitomizes all that makes Hampton University THE Standard of Excellence. We wish her much luck in her next pageant,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
USA National Miss is the #1 pageant in America, awarding girls scholarships and lifelong opportunities through advocacy. The state competition was scored based on the contestant's interview and headshot. As a state titleholder, White-Sparks has won a prize package valued at $1,000 and will be a state representative for the Crown CARES anti-bullying platform.
White-Sparks will also be able to extend her own personal platform, “Fearfully, Beautifully, and Wonderfully Made the Movement,” which provides self-confidence and self-esteem workshops to young women between the ages of 13-18.
“Being announced as USA National Miss D.C. is surreal! This system is more than young women being recognized for their looks – it’s about their intellect and ability to serve their community,” said White-Sparks. “This organization has provided women who excel academically, professionally, and holistically with a platform to impact and change societal norms of pageantry.”
White-Sparks is a lover of all things beauty and pageantry, and has been involved with the pageantry world for a long time. “I have always been in love with the world of pageantry and have competed in competitions since the age of 8. Through my journey, I have been fortunate enough to represent many local titles, two state titles, and one National title,” said White-Sparks. “I am really looking forward to furthering my platform and workshops to HBCU campuses and minority-based high schools. I am just so elated to be competing at Disney World – one of my favorite places in the world!”
After graduation, White-Sparks wants to pursue a career in entertainment as a reporter and Media Correspondent, while doing publicity for celebrity clients on the side. She is involved in many organizations on campus such as the National Association of Black Journalists, Her Campus, PINK Campus Team, Freddye T. Davy Honors College, Career Center Ambassador and serves as the social media manager and entertainment journalist for The Hampton Script.
For more information about White-Sparks, check out her Instagram page: @usanationalmissdc21