Monique Thompkins, a cheerleader for the Washington Redskins, on Sunday was crowned Miss District of Columbia USA 2012.
She was crowned by Miss District of Columbia USA 2011 Heather Swann in ceremonies in the Grand Ballroom of the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington.
Thompkins will represent the District of Columbia next June at the Miss USA 2012 pageant in Las Vegas.
The pageant will be broadcast live on the NBC television network.
If she wins the national pageant, she will represent the United States at the Miss Universe 2012 pageant.
Both the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants are owned jointly by Donald Trump and NBC Universal.
Thompkins was awarded scholarships, including a $45,600 scholarship from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO, as well as wardrobe, jewelry, travel allowances, cosmetics and other gifts.
The district pageant is smaller in size, but has an excellent record at the nationals.
Two Miss USA titleholders from the District of Columbia have gone on to be Miss USA. They are Miss District of Columbia 2002 Shauntay Hinton and Miss District of Columbia 1964 Bobbie Johnson.
Two have finished as first runners-up, two were fourth runners-up, one finished in the top 10, eight finished in the top 12 and four were in the top 16.
Two have been voted Miss Congeniality by fellow contestants.
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