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Thirteen young women to vie for two crowns

February 17, 2005

The annual Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship competition will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

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 will receive $600 scholarships, and second runners-up will receive $400 scholarships. Every contestant will receive a scholarship of at least $50.

Eligible contestants also can compete for a $2,500 cash or $2,000 in-kind scholarship from Hagerstown Business College, with the winner chosen on the merit of an essay about her platform or community service involvement.

All 13 contestants in this year's pageant will compete for the Miss Western Maryland crown - open to contestants who live, work or attend school in Maryland's Garrett, Allegany, Washington or Frederick counties - and contestants with at least one year's residency in Washington County also will compete for the Miss Washington County crown.

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Both winners will compete in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant from June 22 to 25 at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

All contestants will compete on stage in talent, swimsuit and eveningwear categories, and will have private interviews with the panel of judges.

Miss Washington County 2004 Alaina Rowe and Miss Western Maryland 2004 Tiffany Hawbaker will crown their successors and provide entertainment. Miss Maryland 2004 Tiffany Jenkins also will perform.

Buddy Rizer will serve as master of ceremonies.

Contestants include:


If you go ...

Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Pageant and Miss Teen Washington County/Miss Teen Western Maryland Scholarship Pageant

7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19

Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $7 for ages 10 and younger, and are available from board members, contestants and at the door.

For more information, call 301-791-5974.

Emily Conrad, 17, of Williamsport
Parents: Norman Conrad and Angela Stone
Education: Senior at Williamsport High School
Talent: Singing "No Man Left for Me"
Platform: Loving yourself from the inside outAllison Davis, 19, of Frostburg, Md.
Parents: Gene Davis and Kathryn Offenbacher
Education: Freshman at Frostburg State University
Talent: Tap dance to "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend"
Platform: Increasing nutritional awareness, and promoting exercise and healthy weightRachel Ellsworth, 20, of Fort Ashby, W.Va.
Parents: Kenneth and Pam Ellsworth
Education: Sophomore at Allegany College of Maryland
Talent: Tap dance to "Do Your Thing"
Platform: Diabetes awareness and educationSarah Faith, 18, of Clear Spring
Parents: Daniel and Kimberly Faith
Education: Freshman at Hagerstown Community College
Talent: Singing "When You Say Nothing at All"
Platform: Volunteering in MarylandRebecca Graham, 17, of Cumberland, Md.
Parents: Richard and Diana Graham
Education: Senior at Allegany High School
Talent: Singing "As If We Never Said Goodbye"
Platform: Choose or LoseJessica Jean Hartell, 19, of Cumberland, Md.
Parents: Larry and Pam Mallow
Education: Freshman at Frostburg State University
Talent: Jazz dance to "Don't Stop Moving"
Platform: Dancing for a better futureTiffany Jarman, 22, of Knoxville, Md.
Parents: Tim and Lois Jarman
Education: Senior at American University
Talent: Singing "I Am What I Am"
Platform: Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)Kristi Carolyn Line, 20, of Hagerstown
Parents: Martin and Carolyn Line
Education: Sophomore at Hagerstown Community College
Talent: Medley flute performance
Platform: Nursing shortage awarenessMichelle Orey, 20, of Frederick, Md.
Parents: Warren and Linda Orey
Education: Graduate of Penn State University
Talent: Tap dance to "Smooth Criminal"
Platform: Parkinson's disease and related disordersKristen Poffenberger, 18, of Smithsburg
Parents: Ronald and Danielle Poffenberger
Education: Freshman at Penn State Mont Alto
Talent: Dance/color guard routine to "Live Your Dreams"
Platform: Physical education awarenessLaura Stenger, 19, of Hagerstown
Parents: Mickey and Amy Stenger
Education: Freshman at Hagerstown Business College
Talent: Singing "At Last"
Platform: Juvenile diabetes awarenessKirsten Sundstrom, 17, of Hagerstown
Parents: Jeremy and Anne Brown, and Eric and Julie Sundstrom
Education: Senior at North Hagerstown High School
Talent: Singing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"
Platform: Awareness and prevention of youth suicideWhitney Wolfensberger, 18, of Clear Spring
Parents: Randy and Cindy Wolfensberger
Education: Senior at Clear Spring High School
Talent: Flute performance of "Only Hope"
Platform: Physical fitness - "Get Fit with Whit"
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