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Williamsport teen crowned Miss Washington County

February 20, 2005|by Chris Copley

chrisc@herald-mail.com

Satin, rhinestones, lace and glitter brought sparkle to the stage of Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater Saturday night.

Silvery tiaras crowned the event.

Emily Conrad, 17, of Williamsport, was crowned Miss Washington County; and Rachel Ellsworth, 20, of Fort Ashby, W.Va., a sophomore at Allegany College of Maryland, was crowned Miss Western Maryland. Each received a $2,000 cash scholarship.

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

This will be Ellsworth's fourth time competing in the Miss Maryland pageant. But Conrad said this was her first pageant.

"I feel amazing," she said. "This is every girl's dream."

Thirteen contestants entered the dual pageant; one, Tiffany Jarman, did not compete. The 12 remaining contestants competed for the Miss Western Maryland crown - open to contestants who live, work or attend school in Garrett, Allegany, Washington or Frederick counties. Seven contestants also competed for the Miss Washington County crown; they qualified by residing in Washington County for the past year or more.

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Kirsten Sundstrom, 17, of Hagerstown, was first runner-up for Miss Washington County; Michelle Orey, 20, of Frederick, Md., was first runner-up for Miss Western Maryland. Each received a $600 cash scholarship.

Whitney Wolfensberger, 18, of Clear Spring, was second runner-up for Miss Washington County; Allison Davis, 19, of Frostburg, Md., was second runner-up for Miss Western Maryland. Each received a $600 cash scholarship.

Each of the other contestants received a scholarship of at least $50.

All contestants competed on stage in talent, swimsuit and evening wear categories, and had private interviews with the panel of judges.

New this year were teen pageants taking place at the same time. Five teenage contestants competed for teen versions of the pageant titles.

Kayla Fotta, 13, of Thurmont, Md., was crowned Miss Teen Western Maryland. Whitney Marie Colombo, 15, of Hagerstown, was crowned Miss Teen Washington County.

In an unexpected twist, a third title was announced by pageant emcee Buddy Rizer. Karly Logsdon, 13, of Hagerstown, was named Miss Teen Hagerstown. Event organizer Barbara Carson said pageant board members awarded a third teen crown due to a tie in the scoring.

All three teens received a $100 savings bond, a trophy and flowers. They will compete in the Miss Teen Maryland Scholarship Pageant on June 24 at The Maryland Theatre.

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