1980 - Born on the 7th of July.
2004 -She sang a rendition of the ballad "I'm Afraid This Must Be Love". Downs succeeded Miss America Ericka Dunlap on the 18th of September.
- Downs is also the winner with the longest consecutive reign due to the pagent's search for a new television home.
2005 - Miss America.
2006 - Her reign ended 490 days after her crowning on the 21st of January, when Jennifer Berry succeeded her, and Miss America aired their competition on cable's CMT.
- Downs attended Pelham High School in Pelham, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham.
- She was a Rhodes Scholar finalist, and played volleyball while at Virginia.
- She plans to attend medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham after completing her reign.
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