Young women vie for crowns

February 19, 2004|by KATE COLEMAN

The annual Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship competition will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Kepler Theater on the campus of Hagerstown Community College.

More than $10,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships will be available. Miss Washington County and Miss Western Maryland each will receive a $2,000 scholarship. First runners-up each will receive a $600 scholarship. Every contestant will receive a scholarship of at least $100.

Two titles will be awarded. All eight contestants will compete for the Miss Western Maryland crown. To be eligible for that title, a contestant must live, work or attend school in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett or Washington counties.


Four contestants - Anna Hanlin, Kathleen Lynch, Alaina Rowe and Leslie Schoeck - meet the one-year residency requirement for the Miss Washington County crown. Those four will compete for both titles.

Both winners will compete in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant, June 17 to 19, at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

Guest performers include Marina Harrison, Miss Maryland 2003, who was third runner-up to Miss America. She will sing "Fallin'," which she performed during the national telecast of the Miss America pageant last September.

Danielle McGarvey, Miss Western Maryland 2003, and Stacy Miller, Miss Washington County 2003, also will perform and will crown their successors.

Britney Grabenstein, 18, of Cumberland, Md.

Parents: Michelle and Mike Grabenstein

Education: Student at Frostburg State University

Talent: Lyrical dance to "Via Dolorosa"

Platform: "Student Success Start," a program to ensure needy children have school supplies

Tiffany Hawbaker, 23, of Hagerstown

Parents: James E. and Barbara A. Hawbaker

Education: Graduate student at Shippensburg University

Talent: Sing "No One Else on Earth"

Platform: Abstinence education

Anna Hanlin, 19, of Hagerstown

Parents: JoAnn Forsyth and the late James Hanlin

Education: Student at Hagerstown Community College

Talent: Sign the song "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High"

Platform: Team Jesus Racing, motocross racing ministry

Devon Kehler, 19, of Frederick, Md.

Parents: Robert and Donna Kehler

Education: Student at Immaculata College

Talent: Lyrical dance to "My Immortal"

Platform: Bonding generations through the arts

Kathleen Lynch, 17, of Hagerstown

Parents: Jeri and Kevin Lynch

Education: Student at South Hagerstown High School

Talent: Color guard routine to "Tainted Love"

Platform: Eating disorders

Alaina Rowe, 18, of Hagerstown

Parents: Larry and Kimberly Rowe

Education: Student at Hagerstown Community College

Talent: Sing "Deep River"

Platform: "Gear Up," tutoring and mentoring high school sophomores

Leslie Schoeck, 18, of Hagerstown

Parents: Ted and Teresa Schoeck

Education: Student at North Hagerstown High School

Talent: Play Frederic Chopin's Polonaise in A Major on piano

Platform: Mentoring children one note at a time

Tasha Twigg, 21, of Cumberland, Md.

Parents: Edward and Jacquelyn Twigg

Education: Student at Allegany College of Maryland

Talent: Lyrical dance to "I Can Only Imagine"

Platform: Learning disabilities

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