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Alsatia Mummers' Parade queen receives her crown

October 30, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

The eight elegantly dressed young women and the adult standing in for an absent contestant had unwrapped the identical boxes and for a moment on Friday night, no one seemed to be sure who the winner was.

Then a giggle erupted, another moment went by, and someone said it was Bobbie, as in Bobbie Jay Miller, this year's Alsatia Mummers' Parade queen.

Whomever unwraps a box to discover a gold pendant, rather than a silver one, is crowned queen. Her throne will be a convertible in Saturday night's 80th annual Alsatia Mummers' Parade.

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"It surprised me. It shocked me. It's like, 'What do I do?'" said Miller, 16, after being crowned by Miss Maryland Tiffany Jenkins.

Miller has been in the Mummers' Parade before, on floats and with E. Russell Hicks Middle School's flag group.

Miller missed out when it was announced on Oct. 22 that she was Washington County Technical High School's homecoming queen.

She was in Ocean City, Md., for a SkillsUSA conference. She said she took a speaking test and won a statesman award.

The school's homecoming is Nov. 6.

Miller is studying digital communications and wants to be a photographer, taking pictures of wildlife and models.

After graduation, Miller wants to join the Air Force, then go to college.

She is a Student Government Association member at-large for her school and is SGA secretary for the countywide SGA. Miller has played softball for her home school, Williamsport High School.

This year's queen selection had a bit more drama, as Boonsboro High School's Jessica Seabright could not attend Friday night's event at the Elks Lodge off Robinwood Drive, Alsatia Club President Jim McCleaf said. McCleaf's wife, Jennifer, stood in for Seabright.

The eight Alsatia princesses are Seabright, Clear Spring's Ashley Crist, Hancock's Katie Golden, North Hagerstown's Tracy Hinkle, St. Maria Goretti's Lauren Barton, Smithsburg's Molly Smith, South Hagerstown's Angie Chang and Williamsport's Ashley Kunkleman.

They also will be in the parade.

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