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Runner-Up Given Slightly Tarnished Miss Virginia Crown

July 26, 1995

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ After an investigation befitting an accused offender, Amber Medlin was handed a tarnished crown and appointed to take the place of a dethroned Miss Virginia.

Miss Medlin, 23, succeeded Andrea Ballengee, who was stripped of the title last week after claiming to be a first-year law student and exaggerating other academic accomplishments.

``I hope I can bring (the pageant reputation) back to where it belongs,″ Miss Medlin said after her coronation Tuesday.

Now she begins preparing for the Miss America scholarship pageant on Sept. 16 in Atlantic City, N.J.

Miss Medlin, first runner-up in the July 1 pageant, said she had to produce documents from as far back as junior high school, when she won a music contest in her hometown of Virginia Beach.

``I felt a little bit like a criminal getting all those documents, but I think it is good that the pageant is doing this,″ she said.

Officials found only one discrepancy: Miss Medlin had rounded off her college grade point average from 2.957 to 3.0.

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