Cameron Smith, Miss Apple Blossom Festival 2016, is the ambassador of the 89th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. As ambassador, she will appear at nearly all Festival events. She won the title on November 21, 2015, and will represent Winchester at the Miss Virginia Pageant (a preliminary to the Miss America Scholarship Program) in Roanoke this summer. She is the 20-year-old daughter of Kevin Smith and Tammy and Adrian White.
Cameron is a sophomore at King University where she is pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Elementary Education. She is a dean’s list student, founding member of the university’s LEO Club, a member of the jazz and gospel choir, and a tutor at Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She is an academic and music scholarship recipient to King University. Her scholastic ambition is to obtain a master’s degree in education.
Cameron’s platform for Miss Virginia is “Saving Lives Through Lexie’s Legacy, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.” Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals admit 62 children every minute. Her goal as a spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network is to promote awareness through fundraisers in Virginia communities. She has organized benefits such as car washes, yard sales, team and dinner events, and raised close to $3,000 in the past year. As an advocate of IHOP’s National Pancake Day and Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day, interest is generated to a wider spectrum through media coverage. Cameron has been able to reach hundreds of children and adults through the Boys and Girls Clubs and Girls Inc. to discuss the roles they can play in serving others. She hopes to change the attitudes and inspire them to volunteer. By collecting donations for their local CMN hospital, they can make a difference in someone’s life from purchasing medical equipment, educational tools, therapeutic toys, and even helping to cover in-home care costs.
Cameron was a talent preliminary award winner at Miss Virginia 2015, the recipient of the Miracle Maker Award for raising over $2,500 for the Children’s Miracle Network at Miss Virginia 2015, and placed among the Top 10. As Miss Apple Blossom Festival, Cameron will continue to make appearances at local schools, businesses, and civic groups, as well as serve to champion Children’s Miracle Network–the official charity of the Miss America Organization.