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Davis is crowned Miss Maryland

June 21, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

by RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

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Davis crowned Miss Maryland

Miss Southern Maryland Heather Noelle Davis was crowned Miss Maryland 1998 Saturday night at the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

"I'm so excited, I'm so excited," a teary-eyed Davis said moments after being crowned by Miss Maryland 1997 Jaime Lynn Fox.

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Davis, 23, of Severna Park, Md., is the daughter of Sharon and John Davis. She won $14,000 in cash scholarships along with the crown.

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"This is kind of cool. I feel like a new woman. I'm so excited," she said.

For the past three nights, 22 young women have been competing for the crown and the right to represent the state in the nationally televised Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 19.

At the start of Saturday's competition, the field of contestants was narrowed to 10 semi-finalists and then later to five finalists before Davis was chosen the winner.

For her talent, Davis performed on the piano a classical montage of Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee," Claude Debussy's "De Gradus ad Parnassum," and Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody."

During the competition she wore a royal blue gown and spoke about her platform - combating youth drug abuse through peer mentorship.

Davis recently received her master's degree from Louisiana State University and plans to pursue doctoral studies in the same field. She said was her third year competing in the pageant system, fulfilling a childhood dream.

"Ever since I was 5 years old I wanted to try for Miss America" she said.

She said the competition was very tough, but said the final decision wasn't something she had control over.

"I was leaving it up to the Lord," she said.

The first runner-up was Miss Antietam Samantha Marie Spates. She received a $4,000 cash scholarship.

Miss Tidewater Heather Metzger was second runner-up. She received $3,000 in scholarship money.

Miss College Park Felicia Michelle Curry was third runner-up. She received $2,500 in scholarship money.

The fourth runner-up was Miss Baltimore County Maritime Trenace Nicole Fayton. She received $1,900.

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