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Miss Montgomery Co. takes talent preliminary

June 17, 1999

Miss Md. contestBy KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




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Miss Montgomery County Camille Jeane Lewis took top prize in the talent competition, and Miss Eastern Maryland Heather Metzger won the swimsuit award Thursday night as the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant began at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

An audience of almost 1,000 was on hand for the first night of preliminary competition.

Lewis, 19, of Silver Spring, Md., played Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E Minor" on the violin. She received a $500 scholarship for winning the preliminary talent award.

A 19-year-old junior at University of Maryland, College Park, Lewis is the daughter of Leon and Pamela Lewis.

Metzger, 22, of Millersville, Md., wore a bright yellow swimsuit. She received a $125 scholarship for her win in the swimsuit competition.

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A senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, she is the daughter of Bobbie Metzger.

On Thursday night, 10 of the contestants participated in the talent competition, which counts for 40 percent of the score. The other half participated in swimsuit and evening gown competitions, which each make up 15 percent of the score.

Before the onstage competition, each contestant had a personal interview with a panel of judges. The interview counts for 30 percent of the score.

The second round of preliminary competition begins tonight at 8 at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St.

Tickets are $15 for tonight and $30 for Saturday night, with a $1.50 service charge, and are available by calling the theater box office at 301-790-2000.

This is the 64th annual Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant and the 28th year Hagerstown has hosted it. Each contestant will win at least $500 in scholarships.

Featured performers included reigning Miss Maryland Heather Noelle Davis, the Miss Maryland Dancers and former Miss Marylands Kimberly Grimm Weimer, Tammy Wyatt Roberts, Debra Fries Baker, Karissa Jones Horowitz and Jaime Fox. Michael Overholser was special guest vocalist.

Davis presented the pageant's first Youth Achievement Award to Lindsay Denford.

During the final night of competition Saturday, the 10 semifinalists will be announced. The field will be narrowed to five finalists, who will participate in an onstage interview. From there, the new Miss Maryland will be chosen.

Activities begin Saturday at 8 p.m.

Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant awards for 1999 will total $39,500 in cash scholarships and $2.9 million in in-kind scholarship opportunities.

The new Miss Maryland will get a $10,000 cash scholarship and the chance to become Miss America.

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