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McGarvey, Gouker win pageants

February 25, 2002|By KATE COLEMAN

Danielle McGarvey was crowned Miss Washington County and Nikki Gouker was crowned Miss Western Maryland on Saturday night at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

McGarvey, 18, of Hagerstown, a freshman at the College of Charleston (S.C.), performed ballet en pointe to "Kitrie Variations" from "Don Quixote." She is the daughter of Brenda and Jim Dalton and Anthony and Martina McGarvey.

"I'm very honored to have this position," she said immediately after the crowning.

McGarvey received a $2,000 scholarship, gifts from local merchants and the chance to participate in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant June 27-29 at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown. It will be her second bid for the state title.

Gouker, 22, of Middletown, Md., a senior at Shepherd College, tap danced to "Footloose." She is the daughter of Sandi and Kelly Gouker.

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"I feel wonderful - elated," she said after being crowned.

Gouker received a $1,600 scholarship, gifts from local merchants and the chance to participate for the fourth time at the state level in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant.

McGarvey received her crown from Heather Gross, Miss Washington County 2001. Gouker received her crown from Christina McAllister, Miss Western Maryland 2001.

Five contestants competed for the Miss Washington County title.

Eleven contestants competed for the Miss Western Maryland crown.

The first runner-up in the Miss Washington County pageant was Jessica Diane LaPole, 18, of Hagerstown, a student at Hagerstown Community College. The daughter of Tina and William LaPole, she sang "Corner of the Sky" from "Pippin."

She received a $700 scholarship.

The second runner-up was Melanie Lynn Hudson, 21, of Hagerstown, a senior at Shepherd College. The daughter of Ellen Hudson and the late Robert Hudson, she played "Piece En Forme De Habanera" on the clarinet.

She received a $400 scholarship.

The first runner-up in the Miss Western Maryland competition was Michelle D. Orey, 17, of Frederick, Md., a freshman at Penn State University. The daughter of Linda and Warren Orey, she tap danced to "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing."

She won a $600 scholarship.

The second runner-up was Tiffany Raye Jarman, 18, of Knoxville, Md., a freshman at American University. The daughter of Lois and Timothy Jarman, she sang "Man of La Mancha."

She received a $300 scholarship.

The $100 Miss Washington County Quality of Life Award was given to McGarvey, who also received the $200 David Guessford Memorial Scholarship for leadership.

The $100 Miss Western Maryland Quality of Life Award and the $100 City Ballet School Award for Dance went to Gouker.

Sarabeth Whetzel, 18, of Flintstone, Md., a freshman at Allegany College of Maryland, was presented the $100 Karissa Jones Horowicz Performing Arts Award for the nonfinalist with the highest talent score. The daughter of Teresa and Jefre Whetzel, she sang "Lean on Me."

Whetzel also received the $2,000 Hagerstown Business College scholarship.

Blenda Yarbro, 18, of Hagerstown, a senior at South Hagerstown High School, won the $100 Karissa Jones Horowicz Excellence in Interview Award. She is the daughter of Loretta and Moses McFarland.

All other nonfinalists received $50 scholarships.

The theme for Saturday's pageant was "America Sings."

Radio personality Buddy Rizer was master of ceremonies.

Performers included Gross and McAllister, local singer Bobby Harmon and dancers from the Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Co.

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