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Not one, but two winners

March 30, 1997

By JENNYLYNN BROWN

Staff Writer

Something special happened Saturday night at the Miss Potomac Valley Pageant: There were two winners.

In a suprise announcement just before Saturday's contest, pa-geant executive director Denise Bowers said that this year's "phenomenal" contestants merit special treatment, and that a Miss Central Valley title would also be awarded this year.

At the Ramada Inn Ballroom Saturday night, Amanda Hartman was named Miss Potomac Valley 1997. Susan E. Woda was crowned Miss Central Valley 1997.

Hartman, a 20-year-old student at Hagerstown Junior College, performed a baton-twirling routine to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.''

She is the daughter of Beverly and Franklin Hartman of Hagerstown.

Immediately after the crowning, Hartman said she was shocked at winning, but happy. "I've made so many new friends."

Both received their crowns from the current Miss Maryland Susan Alexander.

For winning the title Saturday night, both Hartman and Woda will receive $400 scholarships and spots in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant in June at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

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Woda, named Miss Central Valley 1997, is a 21-year-old student at University of Maryland, College Park.

She sang Donna Summers' `70s disco hit "Last Dance.'' She is the daughter of Margaret and Larry Woda of Crofton, Md.

"I want to represent the Central Valley well," she said immediately after the crowning.

Fifteen contestants competed for the crowns.

First runner-up for Miss Potomac Valley was Jennifer Gesell, a 19-year-old student at HJC.

She received a $250 scholarship.

The first runner-up Miss Central Valley award went to Rachel Petty of Greenbelt, Md. She is a 17-year-old student at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. She received a $250 scholarship.

Two second runners-up were also crowned and each earned a $100 scholarship.

Melissa Nelson was named second runner-up Miss Potomac Valley. Melodie Brownwas second runner-up Miss Central Valley.

The theme for Saturday's pageant was "Something Special."

Other performers included Dancers from Dancin' Time Studios, Amy Jo Ropp and Carlton Wilt.

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