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Courtney wins the crown

October 29, 2000

Courtney wins the crown



When Alicia Courtney was crowned queen of the 76th Alsatia Mummers' Parade Saturday evening, she was glad to learn she wouldn't have to make a speech to fulfill her duties.

An onset of seasonal allergies had robbed the Hancock Middle-Senior High School senior of most of her voice. But her smile and blush made it apparent that she was thrilled to be wearing the gold pendant as she prepared to ride in the big parade.

The daughter of Steve and Brenda Courtney, Alicia said she was really surprised when she was voted Alsatia princess at her school.

"I'm really not the beauty pageant type," Alicia said. "Now this ... queen ... it's really unexpected."

To select the queen, Joe Stouffer, president of The Alsatia Club, handed out neatly wrapped gift boxes to the nine young princesses.

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"Eight of the boxes have silver pendants inside while the ninth one is gold," he said. "The princess with the gold pendant is the queen."

A member of the student council at Hancock, Alicia also runs track and plans to pursue a career in nursing. She was crowned by Miss Maryland, Sonia Maria Amir.

The other eight princesses were Katy Kretzer, Boonsboro High School; Allison Gozora, Clear Spring High; Sarah Miller, North Hagerstown High; Whitney Cushwa, St. Maria Goretti; Meghan Luttrell, Smithsburg High; Tiffany Barnes, South Hagerstown High; Jennifer Crawford, Washington County Technical High School; and Meghan Foley, Williamsport High.

- Marlo Barnhart

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