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Charles Town native named Miss West Virginia 2003

June 25, 2003

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - A 21-year-old native of Charles Town, W.Va., was crowned Miss West Virginia 2003 on Sunday, according to the pageant's Web site.

Allison Williams, a graduate of Jefferson High School who now lives in Morgantown, W.Va., was selected from among 20 contestants to win the title.

She will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., in September.

Williams is a student at West Virginia University, where she is majoring in journalism and public relations.

She earned the right to compete in the state pageant by winning the title of Miss Mountain State last October in Martinsburg, W.Va.

At the state pageant, Williams was a preliminary winner in the evening wear competition on Saturday.

Her platform as Miss West Virginia will be "Children Coping With Divorce."

Three of the four runners-up in the state pageant were also winners of local pageants held in the Eastern Panhandle, according to the Web site.

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The first runner-up was Julia Burton, 21, of Morgantown, who won the Miss Eastern Panhandle pageant in Martinsburg last October. Burton, a student at West Virginia University, was a winner in swimsuit and evening wear preliminaries on Friday and a talent preliminary on Saturday at the state pageant.

Third runner-up Jessica Stroech, 20, of Kearneysville, W.Va., won the Miss Shenandoah pageant in Charles Town, W.Va., in March. A student at West Virginia University, she was an evening wear preliminary winner on Saturday at the state pageant.

The fourth runner-up, Devon Dickson, 23, of Martinsburg, W.Va., is a student at Hagerstown Business College. The winner of the Miss Jefferson County pageant in March in Charles Town, she was a swimsuit preliminary winner on Friday at the state pageant.

The second runner-up was Miss University City, Angela Ellsworth, 21, of La Vale, Md. The West Virginia University student was Miss Allegany County in the Miss Maryland pageant in 2002.

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