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Wilmington native Kristen Dalton wins Miss USA

Wilmington is home to the new Miss USA. Wilmington native Kristen Dalton won the Miss USA pageant Sunday night. The former Hoggard High student is the reigning Miss North Carolina. Stardome is nothing new for the Dalton family. Kristen's mother served as Miss North Carolina in 1982, and her sister served as Miss North Carolina Teen USA. Kristen's other sister is engaged to Chad Micheal Murray of One Tree Hill. Neighbors said the family deserves the recognition. "She is the real deal, she isn't just a pretty face, she is smart and ambitious," said neighbor Mark Hosley. Dalton left Las Vegas for her new home in New York City as the new Miss USA.

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Kristen Dalton

Nice article about an impressive young lady. Not a Wilmington native, though-born and spent early years in Cabarrus County. Would have also been appropriate to mention her honors level academic achievements as a Psychology/Spanish double major at East Carolina U and her history of giving her time and talent to a variety of worthy causes.

Kristen Dalton, Miss USA

I am thrilled whenever I see a beautiful young lady like Kristen Dalton win such a prestigious pageant. I wish her the best of luck! I keep reading about her mother also being a Miss USA beauty queen in 1982 but as of yet I have been unable to find a photo of her on line. Does anyone know where I could find a photo of Jeannie Boger from the 1982 pageant? Thanks. NC Native

Miss USA

I was very happy to see a young woman from Wilmington win as Miss America. I am not a native Wilmingtonian, but have lived here for 3 1/2 years and this is absolutely my home! I love it here. Congratulations Kristen Dalton! You are beautiful.

Miss USA

I got an e-mail from a friend in California that said, A beautiful woman from Wilmington, N.C. won the Miss USA. My reply: "Wilmington is full of beautiful women. Unfortunately, they all call me 'sir'. "