Miss Berkeley county title goes to Staley

January 26, 1997


Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Traci Staley was crowned Miss Berkeley County 1997 before a crowd of 250 at the Apollo Civic Theatre Saturday night.

Staley, a 21-year-old student at Shepherd College who is seeking a bachelor's degree in communications, sang "What Will I Tell My Heart."

She is the daughter of Joseph and Marcia Croghan of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

"I feel wonderful," she said immediately after the crowning. "I'm very happy. I'm going to be able to represent Berkeley County again."


Staley was Miss Berkeley County in 1995 and Miss Jefferson County in 1994 and 1996. She was first runner-up to Miss West Virginia in 1996.

She received her crown Saturday night from Miss Berkeley County 1996 Amanda Lynn Broy.

For winning the title, she received $1,500 in scholarship money, other prizes and the chance to represent Berkeley County at the Miss West Virginia Pageant in Clarksburg, W.Va., in June. She also received a $100 scholarship for the contestant scoring the highest in interview.

Eight contestants competed for the crown.

First runner-up was Megan McKenery of Martinsburg, an 18-year-old student at Shepherd College who is pursuing a degree in elementary education. The daughter of Linda McCauley Holtz and Richard McKenery, she performed a scene from the play "Night, Mother" during the talent competition.

She received a $300 scholarship.

The second runner-up award went to Dawn Fadely of Inwood, W.Va., the daughter of Rick and Terry Fadely and Kay and Terry Place. She is a 21-year-old student at West Virginia University and is seeking a bachelor of science degree in speech and language pathology and audiology.

During the talent competition, she sang "Can't Help Loving That Man of Mine." She received a $100 scholarship. She also received a $100 scholarship for receiving the highest talent score.

The theme for Saturday's pageant was "New Attitude."

Miss West Virginia 1996 Kari Safford was mistress of ceremonies. Safford won the non-finalist talent award in the 1996 Miss America Pageant.

A reception followed in the ballroom of the theater.

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