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Crofton woman wins pageant

April 13, 1998|By LISA GRAYBEAL

Susan Woda

In one day, Susan Woda gave up one crown in exchange for another and will compete for the second time in the Miss Maryland contest in June.

Woda, 22, of Crofton, Md., was crowned Miss Potomac Valley on Saturday night at the Ramada Inn in Hagerstown. She received a $200 scholarship.

Earlier that day, she crowned Hagerstown resident Amanda Hartman as the next Miss Central Valley, a title Woda won last year.

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Woda sang "I Still Believe," from the musical "Miss Saigon" in the talent portion of the scholarship pageant which she'll also perform as a contestant in the Miss Maryland competition at the Maryland Theater in June.

Last year, Woda won a non-finalist talent award in the Miss Maryland competition.

The University of Maryland senior is double-majoring in human resources management and finance.

She spoke in favor of supporting arts in schools as her platform, citing high test scores as one of the reasons children should have access to music education in school.

First runner-up in the Miss Potomac Valley contest was Laura Stiner of Greencastle, Pa. She received a $100 scholarship.

Stiner also was named first runner-up in the Miss Central Valley scholarship pageant.

Lisa Matarazzo of Baltimore was named second runner-up and received a $50 scholarship.

Third runner-up and the recipient of a $25 scholarship was Julie Bennett of Cumberland, Md.

In the Miss Rock Creek scholarship pageant, held at the same time as the Miss Potomac Valley competition, Baltimore resident Joy Donnell, 19, was crowned the winner and recipient of a $200 scholarship.

"It's my first win," Donnell said, who's competed in pageants for three years.

Donnell, a student at Essex Community College, sang a piece from the musical "Carmen" for the talent portion of the contest.

She also will compete in the Miss Maryland contest.

Donnell spoke about character building as the subject of her platform.

"I think it's important for us to build character in young people and encourage them," she said.

First runner-up in Miss Rock Creek was Jennifer Plaine of Bel Air, Md. She received a $100 scholarship.

Rachel Adams, of New Market, Md., was named second runner-up and the recipient of a $50 scholarship.

Frederick, Md., resident Sonya Stull received third runner-up and a $25 scholarship.

Contestants in both pageants competed in four phases of competition: a private interview, talent, evening gown and swimsuit.

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