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Miss Maryland pageant concludes tonight

June 28, 1997

By KATE COLEMAN

Staff Writer

Miss Prince George's County Jaime Fox took top prize in the talent competition, and Miss Antietam Heather Metzger won the swimsuit award Friday night during the second round of Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant preliminaries at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

Fox, of Frederick, Md., sang "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Boulevard." She received a $400 scholarship and a plaque for her win in the preliminary talent category. A 20-year-old senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, she is the daughter of Delite and Wayne Fox.

Metzger, 20, of Millersville, Md., wore a yellow swimsuit. She received a $125 scholarship and a plaque for winning the preliminary swimsuit award. The junior at the University of Maryland, College Park, is the daughter of Bobbi Metzger.

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Two contestants who live in Hagerstown also performed in Friday night's talent competition. Miss Washington County Toni Rickard sang "Phantom of the Opera." Miss Potomac Valley Amanda Hartman performed a baton-twirling routine to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

The awards were presented before an audience of about 1,000, according to Ed Dorsey, member of the Miss Maryland Scholarship Organization executive board.

Fox and Metzger are among 24 young women competing for the Miss Maryland title and the right to represent the state in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 13.

The new Miss Maryland will be crowned tonight by Miss Maryland 1996 Susan Alexander. Miss Maryland Scholarship Organization will be awarding more than $1.8 million in in-kind and cash scholarships.

Earlier in the week, each contestant had a personal interview with a panel of judges. The interview counts for 30 percent of the score.

On Thursday night, half of the contestants participated in the talent competition, which counts for 40 percent of the score. Miss College Park Diana Soriano won Thursday's talent award. The other half participated in swimsuit and evening gown competitions, which each make up 15 percent of the score. Miss Lanham Brandy Reese took top prize in the swimsuit category.

Joe Versage of NBC25 was master of ceremonies.

Final competition will begin at 8 tonight at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St.

Tickets are $25 plus a $1 Maryland Theatre service charge and are available by calling the theater box office at 301-790-2000 or 1-800-34-SHOWS.

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