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5 September 2007
Jamie Langley Preparing to Compete
for Miss America Crown

By Kevin Taylor
The Alexander City Outlook

Reprinted here in its entirety.

Miss Alabama Living Out Childhood Dream

Jamie Langley knew she wanted to be Miss Alabama 12 years ago when she saw her older sister Julia compete for the title.

After six years of competing in the Miss Alabama pageant system, Jamie Langley's wish came true and now she is preparing to compete for the ultimate crown as Miss America.

The Wadley native took a few minutes of her busy schedule touring the state to talk and entertain the Alexander City Civitan Club Tuesday night Trinity United Methodist Church.

And most days, Langley is on the road speaking in one town or two to share her platform, which is cardiac care, or just talk about her experiences as Miss Alabama and her preparation for Miss America in Las Vegas.

"[I] stay busy preparing for Miss America and doing something with Miss Alabama every day," the Jacksonville State senior said. "I could be in the southern end of the state early in the morning and be back in Birmingham later that night."

A vibrant and personal young woman, Langley wasn't always a social butterfly by her own admission.

"My mom put me in pageants at 3 years old to interact with other people more," she said.

Now that quiet little girl has aspirations of talking to millions of people each day as a broadcast entertainment reporter.

"You can't live in Alabama and not be a sports fan. I'm a big sports buff, but I think covering entertainment news is in my blood," she said.

Langley will continue to travel the state for the remainder of the year before traveling to Las Vegas in late January 2008 to compete for Miss America.

It's been two years since Miss Alabama was crowned Miss America, Deidre Downs was crowned in 2005. Ten years before Downs wore the crown another Jacksonville State University student - Heather Whitestone - donned the Miss America crown.

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