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Miss Washington County, Miss Western Maryland pageants seeking contestants

January 15, 1997

The board of directors of Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Foundation is extending an invitation to young women between the ages of 18 (by September 1997) and 24 to compete in both pageants.

Miss Washington County Scholarship Pageant will be Saturday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at Kepler Theater on the campus of Hagerstown Junior College, 11400 Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown.

In order to compete in the pageant, a contestant must have been a resident of Washington County for at least one year prior to competition.

Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Pageant will be Saturday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at Hancock High School in Hancock.

Contestants in this pageant must live, work or attend school in Garrett, Allegany or Washington counties.

The four areas of competition are interview, evening wear, physical fitness in swimwear and talent. Participation offers an opportunity to win scholarships and other awards.

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All interested contestants for either pageant will be required to attend an orientation Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at First Federal Savings Bank of Western Maryland, second floor, 32 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

Both of these pageants are a part of the Miss America Scholarship Program which last year awarded more than $38 million in scholarships to the local, state and national level.

The winners of the 1997 Miss Washington County Scholarship Pageant and the 1997 Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Pageant will represent Washington County and Western Maryland at the 1997 Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant in June in Hagerstown at The Maryland Theatre.

The new Miss Maryland will represent the state at the Miss America Pageant in September in Atlantic City.

For information about becoming a contestant in either or both pageants, call Jan Dorsey, contestant director, at 733-8278 as soon as possible, but not later than Monday Jan. 20, or write to Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 722, Hagerstown, Md. 21741.

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