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Williams crowned Miss Mountain State

October 28, 2002

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Allison Williams, 21, of Morgantown, W.Va., was crowned Miss Mountain State and Julia Burton, 20, of Morgantown, was crowned Miss Eastern Panhandle Saturday night at the Apollo Civic Theatre.

Eleven contestants competed for the titles.

Williams is a graduate of Jefferson High School in Charles Town, W.Va.

For winning the title of Miss Mountain State, Williams received a $500 scholarship and the chance to participate in the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant in June in Clarksburg, W.Va.

As Miss Eastern Panhandle, Burton received a $500 scholarship and the chance to participate in the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant.

Miss West Virginia 2003 will advance to the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., next September.

First runner-up was Angela Elsworth, 21, of Fort Ashby, W.Va.

Second runner-up was Devon Dickson, 22, of Martinsburg.

Two newcomer awards were given at the pageant for first-time contestants. Megan Hairston, 18, of Martinsburg, got a newcomer talent award for her vocal performance of "Summertime." Nicole Johnson, 17, of Martinsburg, won a newcomer award for her interview score.

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Miss West Virginia Janna Kerns hosted the pageant and performed throughout the evening.

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