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FCC student is crowned Miss Antietam

February 08, 1998|By STEVEN T. DENNIS

FCC student is crowned Miss Antietam

Samantha Spates was crowned Miss Antietam 1998 Saturday night before a crowd of about 250 people at South Hagerstown High School.

"It feels great," Spates said after receiving her crown from Miss Antietam 1997 Heather Metzger.

Spates, 21, of Walkersville, Md., is a student at Frederick Community College.

The daughter of Wayne and Linda Spates, she has also reigned as Miss Frederick County, Miss College Park and Miss Chesapeake.

For the talent portion of Saturday night's competition, Spates performed a stunning self-choreographed lyrical dance routine to the song "Is This Home?"

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Spates also studies at the Artistic Dance Center in Frederick, Md.

Her platform is "healthy habits, healthy kids." She will promote good nutrition and exercise to young people, which she said was especially important because of the dangers of heart disease.

As Miss Antietam, Spates received a $700 scholarship, other prizes and the chance to compete in the Miss Maryland Pageant in June at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

Ten contestants competed for the crown.

Toni Rickard, Miss Washington County 1997, snared first runner-up and a $250 scholarship with the help of her soaring rendition of "Think of Me" from "The Phantom of the Opera."

Rickard, of Hagerstown, is a student at Shepherd College and is the daughter of James and Suzanne Rickard.

Second runner up was Brooke Bognanni of Baltimore, a 24-year-old graduate of Loyola Graduate School with a master's degree in modern studies. She performed a lyrical dance to "Music and the Mirror" from "A Chorus Line." She received a $200 scholarship. Her parents are Mario and Paula Bognanni.

Bognanni had the most interesting question to answer in the evening gown portion of the pageant. She was asked if President Clinton is a good role model for family values. Bognanni said that Clinton unfortunately wasn't the best role model.

"I think that right now we could look to someone else to be a better role model for our children," she said.

Amanda Klugh, 17, of Boonsboro, was third runner up and received a $150 scholarship. Klugh is a senior at Williamsport High School and sang "All That Jazz" from the play "Chicago." She is the daughter of Cindy Bowers.

The theme for the pageant was "Circle of Friends."

The contestants performed a cute dance routine to the song "Circle of Friends" and also a funky takeoff of "Men In Black," dressed in dark suits and sunglasses.

Co-Executive Director Holly Healy dedicated the pageant to her friend, Paige Hershey, who has breast cancer. Money raised at the event will go to Y-ME of the Cumberland Valley in Hershey's name.

Buddy Rizer of DC-101 was master of ceremonies.

Performers included Miss Maryland 1997 Jaime Fox, the singing group Second Chance and two charming dance teams from City Ballet School.

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