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.