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Reid crowned Ag Expo Queen

August 01, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

A surprised Meghan Reid was crowned queen of the Washington County Ag Expo on Saturday.

"I was sitting up there thinking it was going to be two other girls," said Reid, 16, of Clear Spring.

Reid said she is looking forward to her year as Ag Expo Queen, during which she will be called on to represent the Expo in radio and television spots, and several public events.

She also wants to visit schools and inform children about agriculture.

"Some kids think that milk just comes from a jug," Reid said.

"I want to promote agriculture because it is very important to our community and society," she said.

Reid is going into her senior year at Clear Spring High School where she is the National Honor Society secretary and a member of the varsity tennis team.

She is also a co-chair of the 4-H Leaders Council and a member of the Antietam Junior Rifle Club. Three days a week she tutors a sixth-grader who has attention deficit disorder.

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Her exhibits included short-horn steers, a heifer, rabbits and cats.

Reid is the daughter of Roy and Kathy Reid.

She was crowned by outgoing Ag Expo Queen Laura Schmidt.

Kelsi Waltemire, 17, the senior class president at South Hagerstown High School, was named first runner-up Ag Expo Queen.

Waltemire is on the Damascus Hurricanes softball team and is a volunteer at the Antietam Exchange Club.

She is the daughter of Charles and Mary Ellen Waltemire.

Courtney Smith, 15, was named second runner-up.

Smith attends Clear Spring High, where she is a member of the Blazers Band, the Jonathan Nesbitt History Club and the Honor Club.

She is the daughter of John and Paula Smith.

Eight young women vied for the title of Ag Expo Queen.

Contestants were tested by three judges in four categories: an off-stage interview, an on-stage interview, a question drawn from a bowl on-stage, and the presentation of a 30-second sample radio commercial that they also had to write.

Ag Expo is being held all this week at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center off Sharpsburg Pike, 10 miles south of Hagerstown.

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