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Gross, McAllister win crowns

February 24, 2001

Gross, McAllister win crowns



By MEG H. PARTINGTON / Staff Writer


 Heather Gross was crowned Miss Washington County and Christina McAllister was crowned Miss Western Maryland Saturday night at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

Gross, 19, of Boonsboro, a sophomore at Pennsylvania State University, performed "Nickle Blues" on the trumpet. She is the daughter of Ira Gross and Betty Alfred.

"These women were so amazing with talent," she said immediately after the crowning. "I still can't believe it," she said, adding that the pageant was her ninth.

McAllister, 18, of Williamsport, a freshman at Shepherd College, sang "Take These Wings." She is the daughter of Ronald and Connie McAllister.

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"I'm pretty relaxed," she said after being crowned. She said having so many loved ones in the audience "makes me feel wonderful."

Gross received her crown from Julie LaPole, Miss Washington County 2000. McAllister received her crown from Shannon Babe, Miss Western Maryland 2000.

For winning the title Saturday night, Gross received a $2,000 scholarship, gifts from local merchants and the chance to participate in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant June 28 to 30, at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

McAllister received a $1,500 scholarship, gifts from local merchants and the chance to participate in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant.

Fourteen contestants competed for the crown.

First runner-up in the Miss Washington County pageant was Danielle Brooke McGarvey, 17, of Hagerstown, a senior at North Hagerstown High School. The daughter of Brenda and Jim Dalton, and Tony and Martina McGarvey, she performed ballet en pointe to "Kitrie Variations" from "Don Quixote" during the talent competition.

She received a $700 scholarship.

The second runner-up award in the Miss Washington County competition went to Melanie Hudson, 20, of Hagerstown, a junior at Shepherd College. She is the daughter of Ellen Hudson and the late Robert Hudson. She played "Piece En Forme De Habanera" on the clarinet during the talent competition. She received a $400 scholarship.

First runner-up in the Miss Western Maryland competition was Ashley Lauren McPherson, 18, of Hagerstown, a freshman at Shepherd College. The daughter of Barbara Spicher and Samuel McPherson, she performed classical ballet to "Sugar Plum Fairy" from "The Nutcracker." She won a $500 scholarship.

Second runner-up was Lindsay Farris, 18, of Cumberland, Md., a freshman at Allegany College of Maryland. The daughter of Felix and Lisa Farris, she performed a lyrical dance to "I Turn to You." She received a $250 scholarship.

The $100 Miss Washington County Quality of Life Award was given to McAllister.

The $100 Miss Western Maryland Quality of Life Award went to Hudson.

McGarvey was awarded the $200 David Guessford Memorial Scholarship and the $100 City Ballet School Award for Dance.

Devon Dickson, 21, of Martinsburg, W.Va., a student at Hagerstown Business College, was awarded the $100 Karissa Jones Performing Arts Award. The daughter of Barbara Leonard and John Dickson, she sang a medley of "Paper Moon" and "Orange Colored Sky" during the talent competition.

Chantelle McCullum, 19, of Frederick, Md., a junior at Mount St. Mary's College, won the $100 Karissa Jones Excellence in Interview Award. She is the daughter of Steven and Patricia McCullum, and Renee and James Roberts.

All other nonfinalists received $50 scholarships.

The theme for Saturday's pageant was "One in a Million."

Radio personality Buddy Rizer was master of ceremonies.

Miss Maryland 2000 Sonia Amir made an appearance. Performers included Babe; LaPole and her sister, Jessica LaPole; Karen Dunn and Megan Schimmel, who danced to "Song from a Secret Garden;" and dancers Ryan Banks, John Bryant, Bobby Brewster, Thad Reid, J.C. Bryant and R.B. Seem.

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