Toni Rickard wins pageant title

March 21, 1998|By KATE COLEMAN

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Toni Rickard

HANCOCK - Toni Rickard of Hagerstown was crowned Miss Western Maryland Saturday night at Hancock Middle-Senior High School.

Rickard, a 20-year-old musical performance major at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., sang "Art is Calling For Me" from "The Enchantress." She is the daughter of James and Suzanne Rickard of Hagerstown.

"I am very excited that I can represent Western Maryland, considering its my county," she said after receiving her crown from Julie LaPole, Miss Western Maryland 1997.

Rickard was Miss Washington County 1997. Her platform is morals among youth.

For winning the title, Rickard received a $1,000 scholarship and the chance to participate in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant June 18, 19 and 20, at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.


Ten contestants competed for the crown.

First runner-up was Laura Stiner of Greencastle, Pa., a 24-year-old graduate of Eastern Mennonite University at Harrisonburg, Va., and the daughter of Mark and Dawn Stiner of York, Pa.

She sang "Home" from the Broadway musical "Beauty and the Beast" during the talent competition. She received a $300 scholarship and the Quality of Life award of a $100 scholarship for community service for her volunteer work at the Parent Child Center in Hagerstown.

The second runner-up award went to Bethany Turnock of Williamsport, the daughter of John and Delma Turnock. She is a 17-year-old student at Williamsport High School.

During the talent competition, she sang and signed "Via Dolorsa." She received a $150 scholarship.

Jennifer Lynn Gesell of Hagerstown received the Karissa Jones Performing Arts award, a $50 scholarship.

She is the daughter of Teresa and Gene Dayoff and Randy and Katrina Gesell. She sang "Hold On" from "The Secret Garden" during the talent competition.

The Karissa Jones Excellence in Interview award, a $50 scholarship, went to Melissa Nelson of Hagerstown.

Each of the nonfinalists received a $50 award.

The theme for Saturday's pageant was "Take It Higher."

Radio personality Buddy Rizer was master of ceremonies. Escorts were Adrian Kennedy and Robert C Kornides, dancers from City Ballet School.

Performers included Miss Maryland 1997 Jaime Fox; Megan Powell, a student at City Ballet School in Hagerstown; Monica Hepburn, a senior at Hancock High School, who played the marimba; and LaPole, who played a clarinet solo.

Amanda Klugh of Boonsboro made her first appearance as Miss Washington County 1997. She received her title March 7.

About 250 people watched.

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