WVU freshman crowned Miss Jefferson County

March 11, 2000|By MEG H. PARTINGTON

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Allison Renee Williams was crowned Miss Jefferson County Saturday night at Wright Denny Intermediate School in Charles Town.

Williams, an 18-year-old freshman at West Virginia University, sang "Stuff Like That There."

She is the daughter of Evon Williams.

"I'm surprised. I'm speechless right now," she said immediately after the crowning.

She received her crown from Twila Gump, executive director of the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant.

For winning the title Saturday night, she received a $2,905 scholarship and the chance to participate in the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant June 22-24 in Clarksburg, W.Va. She also won $595 in memory of Kevin Johnson, who performed for years at the pageant; a $500 scholarship from the Shepherd College Foundation; a one-year membership to Curves for Women; tanning and nail care from Shear Image; and a $150 gift certificate from The Barn.

Seven contestants competed for the crown.


First runner-up was Cecilia Lane McCarron of Charles Town, a 20-year-old sophomore at Shepherd College. The daughter of James P. and Kathleen J. Acly, she sang "When I Fall in Love."

She received a $1,000 scholarship and a three-month membership to Curves for Women.

The second runner-up award went to Sheri Lynn Grippo of Charles Town, an 18-year-old senior at Jefferson High School. The daughter of Mario and Doris Grippo, she read a monologue from the novel "Go Ask Alice."

She received a $600 scholarship and a three-month membership to Curves for Women.

The $200 Interview Award went to Williams. The $100 Talent Award in memory of Johnson also went to Williams.

The theme for Saturday's pageant was "Love Can Move Mountains."

Donna Newman Roman, Mrs. West Virginia 1990, was mistress of ceremonies.

Performers included Melissa Hawkins, Georgia Deeder, Bobby Brewster II and the Allegro Performing Arts Company Dancers.

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