Maryland's Miss American hopefuls

Twenty-six Maryland women count down to the June 27 to 29 pageant at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown

Twenty-six Maryland women count down to the June 27 to 29 pageant at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown

June 21, 2002|by KEVIN CLAPP

Here they are... Miss America ho-o-pe-fuls. ... But first there is another hurdle to climb.

Next week, 26 young women from across the state will converge on the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown in hopes of emerging Saturday, June 29, as Miss Maryland 2002 and representing the Old Line State during the Miss America Pageant in September.

Hosted by Miss America 1981 Susan Powell, contestants will participate in four phases of competition: Presentation and community achievement in interview; artistic expression in talent; presence and poise in evening wear; and physical fitness in swimsuit.

The Miss Maryland Scholarship Organization will operate an information desk throughout the week at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel on Dual Highway. For information, call 301-790-3010.


Miss Wicomico County

Lindsay Dollar, 21

School: Junior - Wor-Wick Community College

Ambition: Personal fitness trainer

Talent: Jazz dance

Platform: Encouraging Physical Activity in Youth of America

Miss Western Maryland

Nikki Gouker, 22

School: Graduate - Shepherd College

Ambition: Certified sign language interpreter

Talent: Tap dance

Platform: Deaf Awareness and Basic Sign Language Education

Miss Washington County

Danielle McGarvey, 19

School: Freshman - College of Charleston

Ambition: Entrepreneur in health and wellness

Talent: Ballet En Pointe

Platform: Teen Violence

Miss Salisbury

Tanya Briddel, 20

School: Junior - Washington College

Ambition: Theater director, instructor and company owner

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Enriching Youth Through Theatre Arts

Miss Queen City

Coty Warn, 17

School: Senior - Northern High School

Ambition: Pursue a career in musical theater

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Literacy on Stage

Miss Prince George's County

Marliss Amiea Ladson, 23

School: Graduate of Jacksonville University

Ambition: To become an entertainer, producer and publisher and open a performing arts academy for disadvantaged youth

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Importance of Arts Education

Miss Northern Chesapeake

Heather Nevleyn Gross, 21

School: Senior - The Pennsylvania State University

Ambition: U.S. Army officer

Talent: Trumpet

Platform: Prevent Fire, Preserve Life - Fire Safety Education

Miss Montgomery County

Anastasia Lynn Cope, 21

School: Art Institute of Philadelphia

Ambition: Fashion marketing

Talent: Dance

Platform: C.O.P.E.S. - Cancer Offset by Positive Education and Support

Miss Monocacy

Shannon Babe, 22

School: Graduate of Towson University

Ambition: Public relations director for a non-profit organization

Talent: Lyrical dance

Platform: Poverty Education

Miss Howard County

Laura Kelley, 19

School: Junior - Montgomery College

Ambition: To perform in professional musical theater productions

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Encouraging Adoption

Miss Germantown

Felicia Curry, 23

School: Senior - University of Maryland, College Park

Ambition: To be an entertainer

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Combating Ethno Violence

Miss Gaithersburg

Kinya Young, 20

School: Third Year - Prince George's Community College

Ambition: To become a recording artist and own a recording studio

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Communication and Quality Time: Stronger Families for a Stronger America

Miss Frederick

Michelle Orey, 18

Sophomore - Penn State University

Ambition: Career in law and politics in the New York metro area

Talent: Tap dance

Platform: Parkinson's Disease Awareness and Research Funding

Miss Free State

Gabrielle Gellinas, 24

School: Graduate - Frostburg State University

Ambition: To pursue a career in international marketing

Talent: Musical theater production

Platform: Overcoming Racism and Inequality in America

Miss Francis Scott Key

Sarabeth Whetzel, 18

School: Sophomore - Allegany College of Maryland

Ambition: To be a television/film actress

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Community Volunteerism

Miss Fort Lincoln

Ashley McKenney, 19

School: Junior - Frostburg State University

Ambition: To teach history at the high school level

Talent: Tap dance

Platform: Driving Responsibly

Miss Cumberland

Katrina Emerick, 21

School: Senior - Western Maryland College

Ambition: Marketing/public relations director

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Date Rape Awareness and Education

Miss Columbia

Rachel Leigh Ellsworth, 18

School: Senior - Allegany High School; freshman - Allegany College of Maryland

Ambition: To become a registered nurse

Talent: Tap dance

Platform: Diabetes Awareness

Miss College Park

Camille Lewis, 22

School: Senior - University of Maryland, College Park

Ambition: To become a member of a professional symphony and a violin teacher

Talent: Classical violin

Platform: Encouraging Youth Involvement in the Arts

Miss Chesapeake

Kelly Donohue, 24

School: University of Baltimore School of Law

Ambition: Law

Talent: Lyrical dance

Platform: Child Abduction Prevention Program

Miss Catoctin

Veronica Allende, 21

School: Senior - Mount Saint Mary's College

Ambition: To become a prosecuting attorney and philosophy professor

Talent: Vocal - dance

Platform: Becoming Involved in Community Service

Miss Carroll Creek

Devon R. Kehler, 17

School: Freshman - Immaculata College

Ambition: Music therapist and owner of private practice and clinic

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