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Milton resident makes it to top 10 in Miss USA pageant

Apr. 19, 2009 @ 09:15 PM

HUNTINGTON — Jessi Pierson of Milton made it into the top 10 finalists and was awarded Miss Photogenic at the 58th annual Miss USA pageant Sunday evening in Las Vegas, Nev.

Pierson, who won the Miss West Virginia title her first time competing for it, was also awarded the state Miss Congeniality title and named Miss Photogenic in addition to Miss West Virginia.

The 21-year-old Marshall University graduate majored in elementary education and is involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Baptist Campus Ministries. She is the daughter of Brett and Kristi Pierson.

Miss North Carolina USA Kristen Dalton was crowned Miss USA 2009.