Miss Maryland pagent continues

June 19, 2000|By KATE COLEMAN

Miss Free State Camille Jeane Lewis received the talent award, and Miss Northern Chesapeake Tamika Johnson received the swimsuit award Friday night in the second round of preliminary competition in the 65th anniversary Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

Lewis, 20, performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor. She is a senior at University of Maryland, College Park and the daughter of Leon and Pamela Lewis of Silver Spring, Md.

For winning the preliminary talent award, Lewis received a $600 scholarship and a plaque.

For the swimsuit portion of the competition, Johnson wore an orange two-piece swimsuit.

Johnson, a 20-year-old junior at University of Maryland, College Park, is the daughter of Carol and Ralph Johnson Sr. of Worton, Md.

She received a $125 scholarship and a plaque.

Lewis and Johnson are among 26 contestants vying for the Miss Maryland title and the right to represent the state in the nationally televised Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., in October.


Miss Maryland 2000 will be crowned Saturday night.

On Thursday and Friday nights, half of the contestants participated in the talent competition, which counts for 40 percent of the score. The other half participated in the swimsuit and evening gown competitions, which together make up 30 percent of the score.

Before the onstage competitions, each contestant had a personal interview with a panel of judges. The interview counts for 30 percent of the score.

On Friday night, half of the contestants answered two questions about themselves and their platforms in an "informal interview."

Miss America 1987, Kellye Cash, mistress of ceremonies, performed several songs. Miss Maryland 1999, Keri Schrader; Miss Maryland 1992, Tammy Wyatt Roberts; and Miss Maryland 1994, Karissa Brooke Jones Horowicz, also performed. Tricia Anthony, Miss Cumberland 1996 and NBC-25 news anchor, sang. Miss Antietam 1998, Samantha Spates, danced.

The final round of competition begins at 8 tonight at The Maryland Theatre.

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