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Two win right to compete for Miss Maryland title

March 04, 2000|By KATE COLEMAN

Julie LaPole was crowned Miss Washington County and Shannon Babe received the Miss Western Maryland title Saturday night at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

LaPole of Hagerstown, a 24-year-old graduate of Coastal Carolina University, received a $2,000 scholarship and the chance to participate in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant June 15-17 at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

She played Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" on the clarinet in the talent portion of Saturday's competition. She is the daughter of William and Tina LaPole.

For winning the Miss Western Maryland title Saturday night, Babe, 19, of Frederick, Md., received a $1,200 scholarship and the chance to participate in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant. She is a student at Towson University.

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The daughter of Robert and Janice Babe performed a lyrical dance to "What We Believe In" for her talent.

First runner-up for the Miss Washington County title was Ashley McPherson, a 17-year-old senior at Williamsport High School. The daughter of Barbara Bland and Samuel McPherson, she received a $700 scholarship. She also received a $100 scholarship from City Ballet School/Bikle's Ski Shop as the dancer with the highest talent score.

Kristin Seifarth, 17, was second runner-up for the Miss Washington County title. She received a $400 scholarship. A senior at Smithsburg High School, she is the daughter of Eric and Cheryl Seifarth.

First runner-up for the Miss Western Maryland title was Katrina Emerick, a 19-year-old student at Western Maryland College. She received a $400 scholarship. Emerick is the daughter of Stephen and Robin Emerick.

Second runner-up for the Miss Western Maryland title was Heidi Frazee, 17, a senior at Northern Garrett High School. She received a $200 scholarship. She is the daughter of Brenda Frazee.

The $100 Karissa Jones excellence in interview scholarship award was presented to Chantelle McCullum. Trevi Eastep was awarded the $100 Karissa Jones performing arts award.

The $200 Quality of Life scholarship award for community service was presented to Heidi Frazee.

The $200 Dave Guessford Memorial Scholarship for leadership in community service was presented to Kristin Seifarth.

Each of the nonfinalists received a $50 award. There were nine contestants.

Miss Maryland 1999 Keri Schrader and Toni Rickard, Miss Washington County 1999, presented the title crowns.

Washington, D.C., radio personality Buddy Rizer was master of ceremonies. 

Performers included Rickard, local vocalist Bobby Harmon and the advanced level jazz class from City Ballet School.

The theme for Saturday's pageant was "Celebrate Life."

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