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Rickard crowned Miss Washington County

March 06, 1999|By KATE COLEMAN

Toni Rickard was crowned Miss Washington County Saturday night at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

Rickard, a 21-year-old junior at Shepherd College, sang Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera." She is the daughter of James and Suzanne Rickard of Hagerstown.

"I'm extremely enthused to begin my reign as Miss Washington County," she said immediately after the crowning. It's an excellent opportunity to spread character, she added. Her platform is character education. Rickard also received the $100 Quality of Life award for community service.

She received her crown from Amanda Klugh, Miss Washington County 1998.

For winning the title Saturday night, Rickard received a $1,600 scholarship and the chance to participate in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant June 17, 18 and 19, at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown. She has competed at the state level twice before, as Miss Washington County 1997 and Miss Western Maryland 1998.

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Ten contestants competed for the crown.

First runner-up was Amanda Hartman of Hagerstown, a 22-year-old student at Hagerstown Community College. The daughter of Franklin Hartman and Beverly Hartman, she sang "Hold On" from the Broadway show "The Secret Garden" during the talent competition.

She received a $650 scholarship.

The second runner-up award went to Heather Gross of Boonsboro, the daughter of Ira Gross and Betty Alfred. She is a 17-year-old senior at Williamsport High School. During the talent competition, she played Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing" on the trumpet.

She received a $325 scholarship.

There was a tie for the Karissa Jones nonfinalist award for talent.

Virginia Cavey of Hancock, an 18-year-old freshman at Seton Hill College, and Megan Powell, a 17-year-old senior at Williamsport High School each will receive $50, according to Barbara Carson, pageant spokeswoman. Cavey played the first of George Gershwin's three preludes on the piano. Megan performed a jazz dance to "All That Jazz."

The $50 Karissa Jones nonfinalist interview award was presented to Sheila Ann Lowman, 22, of Hagerstown, a graduate of Williamsport High School and a student at Hagerstown Business College. She is the daughter of Earl and Marie Lowman and Marilyn and Robert Morris. Lowman also was awarded a $2,500 Hagerstown Business College Scholarship.

Each of the nonfinalists received a $50 scholarship. They were: Dawn Chamberlain, 18, of Hagerstown; Stefanie Martin, 21, of Hagerstown; Deanna Camille Scott, 20, of Hagerstown and Elizabeth Simmons, 17, of Hagerstown.

The theme for Saturday's pageant was "Angels Among Us," related to Miss Washington County 1998 Amanda Klugh's platform promoting volunteerism.

Radio personality Buddy Rizer was master of ceremonies. Featured performers included Heather Davis, Miss Maryland 1998, country singer and West Virginia University student Chris Chambers, Amanda Klugh and her little brother, Gorman Bowers III, who escorted the contestants and sang a duet with his sister.

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