Another near miss for Miss Berkeley County

June 22, 1997

From Staff and AP reports

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - Miss Berkeley County, Traci Staley, was again a runner-up Saturday night in the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant.

Miss North Central Eisa Krushansky of Morgantown was crowned Miss West Virginia in competition with 16 other young women. Krushansky won preliminary swimsuit and talent competitions earlier in the week.

Pageant winners won about $20,000 in cash scholarships, pageant executive director Jan Hinkle said.

Krushansky will compete in the Miss America Scholarship Pageant in Atlantic City in September. A Miss West Virginia has never been Miss America.


Staley, a top 10 finalist who won a preliminary swimsuit competition Friday night, was second runner-up this year. She was first runner-up in the 1996 state pageant and second runner-up in the 1995 state pageant.

First runner-up this year was Melissa Murray, Miss Appalachia; third runner-up was Jodi Clark, Miss Harrison County; and fourth runner-up was Stacy Roman, Miss Morgantown Area.

Miss Jefferson County, Megan McKenery, was not a finalist.

Other participants included Jennifer Denmead, Miss Central West Virginia; Molly Line, Miss Greater Bluefield Area; Emily Parker, Miss Hampshire County; Monica Thomas, Miss Huntington.

Also, Katherine Thompson, Miss Marion County Area; Delnora Reed, Miss Mercer County; Melissa East, Miss Mountain State; Erin Moore, Miss Ohio Valley; Denise Phillips, Miss Randolph County; Jennifer Meadows, Miss Southern West Virginia; and Angelia Murphy, Miss Tucker County.

Ten of the women competed in the pageant previously.

Last year's winner was Kari Anne Safford, 24, of Point Pleasant.

Safford spent the year promoting good nutrition during public events, and she gave away about 1,000 copies of her low-fat cookbook, ``Healthy Eating for Busy People.''

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