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Miss America contestant has ties to Alexandria

The Miss America Pageant will air on ABC television on Saturday, January 12.

In the running for this year's title is Skyler Kamaka, the granddaughter of former Alexandria resident Geraldine (Barthelemy) Kamaka.

Geraldine was a 1947 graduate of Alexandria High School.

Kamaka, age 22, is from Kanoehe, Hawaii and was crowned Miss Hawaii in 2012. Her platform is Athletes Promoting Inclusion For Individuals with Disabilities.

She is working toward a master's degree in education with the goal of teaching and coaching at a collegiate level.