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And the winner is ... Miss College Park

June 30, 2002|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

Miss College Park Camille Lewis, 22, a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, was crowned Miss Maryland 2002 Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre.

Miss Western Maryland Nikki Gouker was second runner-up.

Lewis is the daughter of Leon and Pamela Lewis of Silver Spring, Md. She played "Victory" by Tonci Huljik on the violin.

Her platform was "Encouraging Youth Involvement in the Arts."

During the informal interview portion of the pageant, Lewis said she works with students in the D.C. Youth Orchestra. She tells students about the opportunities music has provided her - including travel abroad - when they need a little extra motivation.

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She was crowned by Miss Maryland 2001 Kelly Glorioso.

For winning the title Saturday night, Lewis received a $15,750 cash scholarship and the chance to participate in the nationally televised Miss America Pageant in September in Atlantic City, N.J.

Twenty-six contestants competed for the crown. The field had narrowed to 10 semi-finalists for Saturday's competition. Each semi-finalist received a $1,000 scholarship for making the cut.

First runner-up was Miss Germantown Felicia Curry, 23, a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the daughter of Clarence and Brenda Curry of Parsippany, N.J.

Curry, who sang "Fools Fall in Love" from the Broadway musical "Smokey Joe's Cafe," is an advocate of combating ethnic violence. She received the Physical Fitness in Swimsuit award in Friday's preliminary contest.

She received a $6,500 scholarship.

Gouker, 22, is a graduate of Shepherd College. The daughter of Kelly and Sandi Gouker of Middletown, Md., she performed a tap dance to "Footloose" during the talent competition. She won the Artistic Expression in Talent award during the preliminary event Friday night.

Her platform was "Deaf Awareness and Basic Sign Language Education."

She received a $4,000 scholarship.

Third runner-up was Miss Prince George's County Marliss Amiea Ladson, 23, a graduate of Jacksonville University. She is the daughter of William and Glendale Ladson of Glenarden, Md.

She sang "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Her platform was "Importance of Arts Education."

She received a $3,000 scholarship.

The fourth runner-up was Miss Annapolis Marina Harrison, 21, a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Harrison, the daughter of Wille and Mary Harrison of Severn, Md., sang "Out Here On My Own" from "Fame."

Her platform was "Promoting and Sustaining Our Public Education System."

She received a $2,500 scholarship.

Miss Northern Chesapeake Heather Nevleyn Gross, 21, and Miss Baltimore Temisha Kinnard, 21, each won a $500 nonfinalist talent award.

Gross, the daughter of Ira Gross and Betty Alfred of Boonsboro, played "Someone to Watch Over Me" on the trumpet. Kinnard, the daughter of Carlton and Deloris Kinnard of Upper Marlboro, Md., performed a jazz dance to the swing-era classic "Jumpin at the Woodside."

The pageant was hosted by Miss America 1981 Susan Powell.

The final night of Miss Maryland 2002 competition opened with an honor guard of seven Hagerstown firefighters in full gear and four members of the Hagerstown Police Department in dress blues.

The capacity audience rose for Miss Maryland 1990 Kimberly Grimm Weimer's soulful rendition of "America, the Beautiful."

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