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Charles Town woman wins local pageant

March 20, 2000

Sheri Lynn GrippoBy MEG H. PARTINGTON / Staff Writer




CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Sheri Lynn Grippo was crowned Miss Shenandoah on Sunday afternoon at Wright Denny Intermediate School.

Grippo, of Charles Town, performed a monologue from "Go Ask Alice." An 18-year-old senior at Jefferson High School, she is the daughter of Mario and Doris Grippo.

"It was an awesome time," she said immediately after the crowning. "I'm having so much fun."

She received her crown from Dawn Rix Mohn, who formerly held the titles of Miss Berkeley County and Miss Jefferson County.

For winning the title Saturday night, Grippo received a $4,000 scholarship and the chance to participate in the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant June 22 to 24 in Clarksburg, W.Va. She also received $500 from the Miss America Scholarship Organization, a $500 scholarship from the Shepherd College Endowment Fund and a three-month membership from Hidden Highlights.

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Six contestants competed for the crown.

First runner-up was Rachel Elaine Carr, a 17-year-old senior at Martinsburg High School. The daughter of Vicky and Dan Carr of Kearneysville, W.Va., she sang "A New Life" during the talent competition.

She received a $1,500 scholarship and a one-month membership from Hidden Highlights.

The second runner-up award went to Jessica Marie White, a 17-year-old senior at Jefferson High School. The daughter of Mark and Tammy Turner of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., she performed a monologue titled "Some Things You Never Forget."

She received a $700 scholarship.

Grippo received the $200 interview award in memory of Gilbert C. Mobley, who served on the Miss Jefferson County Scholarship Pageant committee. She also received the $200 talent award in memory of Kevin G. Johnson, who was involved for years in the Miss Jefferson County Scholarship Pageant. Grippo also won the Miss Congeniality Award.

The theme for Sunday's pageant was "We are Family."

Tracey Brill, Miss Jefferson County 1992, was mistress of ceremonies.

Performers included Mohn, Donna Newman Roman, Miss Jefferson County 2000 Allison Williams, Sean Nakia, Kerri Hall, Darrin Winner and the Miss Shenandoah Dancers.

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