Kearneysville woman is new Miss Jefferson Co.

March 15, 1998|By KATE COLEMAN

Rebecca Carr

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Rebecca Leigh Carr was crowned Miss Jefferson County 1998 Saturday night at Wright Denny Intermediate School auditorium in Charles Town.

Carr, a 18-year-old senior at Martinsburg High School, sang "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from "Sunset Boulevard" by Andrew Lloyd Weber. She is the daughter of Dan and Vicky Carr of Kearneysville, W.Va.

Carr said she said felt "wonderful ... speechless" immediately after the crowning.

"I am so thankful the judges saw the potential," she said. "I will do my best to represent Jefferson County."

She received her crown from Megan McKenery, Miss Jefferson County 1997.

For winning the title Saturday night, Carr received a $3,500 scholarship and the chance to participate in the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant in Clarksburg, W.Va., June 25, 26 and 27.


Carr also received a $500 Shepherd College Endowment Fund scholarship and a $100 scholarship for winning the talent competition. She plans to major in music performance and education.

Nine contestants competed in this year's pageant.

First runner-up was Amy Jo Ropp, 22, a senior at Shepherd College. She is the daughter of Charles and Judy Ropp of Martinsburg.

Ropp sang "Amazing Grace" during the talent competition She received a $1,500 scholarship.

The second runner-up award went to Laura Cluchey of Martinsburg, the daughter of Thomas and Sharon Cluchey. She is a 22-year-old senior at Shepherd College.

During the talent competition, she sang and played a trumpet solo to ''Showstopper." She received a $900 scholarship. Cluchey also won the $200 George E. Vickers Memorial Scholarship interview award.

Third runner-up was Alison Michelle Moreland, a 22-year-old graduate of Hagerstown Business College. She is the daughter of Diane Moreland of Kearneysville and Dale Moreland of Winchester, Va.

She sang "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music" during the talent competition. She received a $500 scholarship.

Each of the nonfinalists won a $100 scholarship.

The theme for Saturday's pageant was "Just a Little Bit of Luck."

Mike Martin, principal at Blue Ridge Elementary School, was master of ceremonies. Production numbers included Gloria Estefan's "Party Time," a version of "Tell Him," the duet by Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand, and Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from "Titanic."

Performers included McKenery, Melissa Costello, Miss West Virginia 1990, Dawn Rix Mohn, Miss Jefferson County 1995, Allison Williams, Kevin Johnson and Miss Jefferson County Dancers, Lisa Lombardi, Beth Waters, Sabrina Watson and Dawn Shuff.

The pageant was sponsored by Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and is a local preliminary to the Miss America Pageant. The Miss Jefferson County Scholarship Pageant was recognized at the 1997 Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant as the largest local cash scholarship pageant in 1997, awarding $5,500 in scholarships last year. The 1998 pageant awards total $7,200.

A packed house watched.

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