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Miss College Park takes Miss Maryland title

June 19, 1999|By LAURA ERNDE

Miss College Park Keri Schrader was crowed Miss Maryland 1999 Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

Schrader, 23, of Rockville, Md., was crowned by Miss Maryland 1998 Heather Noelle Davis before a packed house.

"I am just elated. It still hasn't quite sunk in yet," Schrader said. "I want to be Miss America. I know what a difference one woman can make with this crown."

Schrader is a third-year student at Georgetown University Law Center. She is the daughter of Leon and Patty Jo Schrader.

She performed ballet en pointe to "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Her platform will be educating people about domestic violence.

"Every battered woman is someone's mother, sister or neighbor," she said in the interview portion of the contest.

Schrader aspires to be a prosecutor, judge, then Supreme Court justice.

Schrader won $10,000 in cash scholarships along with the crown.

Twenty-one women vied for the right to represent the state in the nationally televised Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 18.

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Competition has been held at the theater for the last three nights.

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

Miss Washington County, Toni Rickard, was one of the 10 semifinalists.

Hagerstown has boasted two Miss Maryland winners, Karissa Brooke Jones Horowitz in 1994 and Robin Harmon in 1981.

Technical problems delayed the crowning until after 11 p.m.

The first runner-up is Miss Montgomery County Camille Jeane Lewis, 19, of Silver Spring, Md., a junior at University of Maryland, College Park. She receives a $5,000 scholarship.

The second runner-up is Miss Southern Maryland Felicia Michelle Curry, 20, of College Park, Md., a senior at University of Maryland, College Park. She receives a $4,000 scholarship.

The third runner-up is Miss Eastern Maryland Heather Metzger, 22, of Millersville, Md., a senior at University of Maryland, College Park. She receives a $3,000 scholarship.

The fourth runner-up is Miss Prince George's County, Marliss Amiea Ladson, 20, of Glenarden, Md., a senior at Jacksonville University. She receives $2,400.

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