Heather Metzger crowned Miss Antietam

February 02, 1997


Staff Writer

Nineteen-year-old Heather Metzger was crowned Miss Antietam 1997 Saturday night before a crowd of about 250 people at South Hagerstown High School.

Metzger, of Millersville, Md., is a sophomore at Anne Arundel Community College, where she is pursuing a degree in speech pathology and audiology.

"I'm anticipating a great year," she said after the crowning. "I'm determined to do well at Miss Maryland."

Metzger, the daughter of Bobbi Metzger, was Miss Howard County 1996.

For the talent portion of Saturday night's competition, Metzger sang "Now When the Rain Falls" from "The Scarlet Pimpernel."

She received her crown from Susan Alexander, Miss Maryland 1996.

As Miss Antietam, Metzger received a $400 scholarship, other prizes and the chance to compete in the Miss Maryland Pageant June 26-28 at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown. She also won a plaque for the top interview score.


Eight contestants competed for the crown.

First runner-up was Toni Rickard of Hagerstown, a 19-year-old sophomore at Hagerstown Junior College. She sang "Think of Me" from "The Phantom of the Opera" during the talent competition.

Rickard received a $200 scholarship. She also won a plaque for earning the top talent score.

The second runner-up was Mary Kay Albowicz of Clear Spring, a 22-year-old graduate student majoring in political science at University of Maryland. During the talent competition, she performed a comedy monologue about the lighter side of pageantry. She received a $150 scholarship.

Third runner-up was Brooke Bognanni of Baltimore, a 23-year-old graduate student at Loyola College. She performed a modern dance interpretation of the Greek myth Calypso during the talent competition. She received a $100 scholarship.

The theme for Saturday's pageant was "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You."

WHAG news anchor Glenn Presgraves was master of ceremonies.

Performers included the Four Star Gymnastics Troupe coached by Kathryn Nally, and the trio Three for One, with Jay Healy, Mike Helm and Jeff Harbaugh.

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