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Williams, Stroech crowned

February 25, 2002|BY KEVIN CLAPP

INWOOD, W.Va. - Allison Williams was crowned Miss Eastern Panhandle and Jessica Stroech was crowned Miss Mountain State Sunday evening at Musselman High School in Inwood.

Williams, 20, of Charles Town, W.Va., a junior at West Virginia University, sang "Where the Boys Are" during the talent competition. She is the daughter of Evon Williams of Hagerstown.

"I'm so excited. I really wanted this," she said immediately after the crowning. "I'm very, very happy and very honored."

Stroech, 19, of Kearneysville, W.Va., is a freshman at West Virginia University. During the talent competition, she performed ballet en pointe to "Whenever You Call." She is the daughter of Sandra and Kenneth Stroech.

"I'm very excited," she said after being crowned. "There were so many talented girls here, I was very surprised."

Williams received her crown from Tiffany Elizabeth Lawrence, Miss Shenandoah 2002. Stroech received her crown from Sheri Lynn Grippo, Miss Jefferson County 2002.

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For winning the title of Miss Eastern Panhandle Sunday, Williams received a $1,200 scholarship, a $200 wardrobe allowance, gifts from local merchants and the chance to participate in the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant June 20 to 22 at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg, W.Va.

As Miss Mountain State, Stroech received a $1,100 scholarship, a $200 wardrobe allowance, gifts from local merchants and the chance to participate in the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant.

Twelve contestants vied for the two titles.

First runner-up was Carly Cochran, 20, of Reedsville, W.Va., a junior at West Virginia University. The daughter of Peggy and Terry Cochran, she performed a tap dance to "Fever" during the talent competition.

She received a $350 scholarship.

The second runner-up award went to Ashley Reed, 19, a sophomore at Fairmont State College. She is the daughter of Diana Eubank of Clarksburg, W.Va. She performed a jazz dance to music from "Chicago" during the talent competition. She received a $250 scholarship.

Third runner-up was Devon Dickson of Martinsburg, W.Va., daughter of Barbara Dickson and John Dickson. She sang "And I Am Telling You." She won a $150 scholarship.

The theme for Saturday's pageant was "Something Special."

Miss West Virginia 2001 Danae DeMasi served as mistress of ceremonies. Performers included members of Tari Jo's Dance Studio.

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