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Boonsboro teen headed to national pageant

May 30, 1998|By TERI JOHNSON

by Joe Crocetta / staff photographer

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Rossann Smith

Rossann Smith, Maryland's Homecoming Queen, prefers ball caps to ball gowns.

Smith, an 18-year-old senior at Boonsboro High School, won the title last month.

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She was chosen from among 10 Maryland contestants at the 18th annual competition May 2 and 3 at Four Points Sheraton in Cherry Hill, N.J. The state competitions for Delaware and New Jersey also took place that weekend.

Smith, a pitcher for Boonsboro High School's softball team and The Heartbreakers tournament softball team in Frederick, Md., said she was judged on things such as poise and etiquette.

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"I had to act like a girl," she said.

She said judges also tested the contestants' interviewing skills, asking questions such as describing themselves in three words or as a color, telling what three things they would take along on a desert island and saying why they should be picked as Maryland's Homecoming Queen.

Smith, the daughter of Ross and Debbie Smith of Boonsboro, was crowned homecoming queen at her school in September.

Maryland's Homecoming Queen headquarters notified the school, and Smith sent her picture and the application fee.

"I thought I might as well do it, to see what it was like," she said.

She will get a scholarship and an expense-paid trip to Anaheim, Calif., July 28 to Aug. 2 to compete for the title of America's Homecoming Queen. She will receive her state crown, banner and scholarship in California.

To get ready for the competition, she has to prepare a one-minute speech about why people should visit Maryland. She also has to assemble 60 souvenirs that represent Maryland to share with contestants from other states and judges.

The Maryland's Homecoming Queen title is just one of the honors Smith has received in the past few years.

She made the All-Washington County and the All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League All-Star softball teams during her freshman, sophomore and junior years. She holds the record in Washington County for striking out 21 batters in one game.

Smith won a two-year scholarship to attend Tallahassee Community College in Florida, and she plans to major in radiology. She graduates from high school June 12 and begins classes this fall.

Because she will be playing softball at college, she is trying to get a jump on her studies. The honor roll student will be taking an evening psychology course at Hagerstown Junior College this summer.

She and her parents spend weekends traveling to games with The Heartbreakers, and, on average, she pitches three games a day.

She has softball practice twice a week and is active at her church, Tri-State Church of God.

Smith, who played basketball her sophomore and junior years, enjoys watching football, baseball and softball and likes to hunt and fish.

She said she is most comfortable in blue jeans and isn't looking forward to wearing a gown in the competition.

"I don't dress up. I'm a tomboy," she said.

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