The move north worked out well for Hannah Kiefer.
Kiefer was second runner-up in the Miss North Carolina pageant last year. On Saturday, she was named Miss Virginia 2007.
She is a double major in communications and psychology at Hollins University. She will tour Virginia for the next year making paid appearances and promoting her platform: creating healthy choices for teens.
A director of Abstinence Education of Virginia on the Hollins campus, Kiefer says she hopes to establish a nationwide organization to teach teens character that leads to abstinence.
Kiefer, who competed as Miss Mountain Empire, will represent Virginia in the Miss America pageant.