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HCC student wins pageant

March 21, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

Amanda Hartman was crowned Miss Western Maryland on Saturday night at Hancock Middle-Senior High School.

Hartman, a 22-year-old student at Hagerstown Community College, sang for her talent. She is the daughter of Franklin and Beverly Hartman, of Hagerstown.

"It feels great," she said immediately after the crowning. "I was Miss Potomac Valley and Miss Central Valley before, but this title is really special."

She received her crown from Toni Rickard, Miss Western Maryland 1998.

For winning the title Saturday night, Hartman received a $1,000 scholarship and the chance to participate in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant June 17-19 at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

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Ten contestants competed for the crown.

First runner-up was Julie LaPole, of Hagerstown, a 23-year-old senior at Coastal Carolina University. The daughter of Tina and William LaPole, she played the clarinet during the talent competition.

LaPole, who received a $300 scholarship, was Miss Western Maryland in 1997.

The second runner-up award went to Megan Powell, of Williamsport, the daughter of Joe and Linda Powell. She is a 17-year-old student at Williamsport High School.

During the talent competition, she performed a jazz dance. She received a $150 scholarship.

Third runner-up was Heather Gross, of Boonsboro, a 17-year-old senior at Williamsport High School. The daughter of Ira Gross and Betty Alfred, she played the trumpet and won a $100 scholarship.

Elizabeth Simmons received the $50 Karissa Jones nonfinalist scholarship award for talent. She sang during the competition.

The $50 Karissa Jones nonfinalist interview scholarship award was a tie between Sheila Lowman, of Hagerstown, and Elizabeth Simmons, of Hagerstown.

Deanna Scott, of Hagerstown, received the $100 Quality of Life scholarship award for community service, and a $100 in-kind scholarship from Hagerstown Community College.

This year for the first time, a $2,000 scholarship to Hagerstown Business College was awarded. It was won by Sheila Lowman.

Each of the nonfinalists received a $50 award.

The theme for Saturday's pageant was "It's a Beautiful Life."

Radio personality Buddy Rizer was master of ceremonies.

Performers included Miss Maryland 1998 Heather Davis and Lindsay Allen, a student at City Ballet School in Hagerstown. Toni Rickard, Miss Western Maryland 1998, also performed, singing "Memories."

Rickard won Miss Washington County 1999 two weeks ago.

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