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Teen pageant takes place tonight in Hagerstown

June 24, 2005|By KRISTIN WILSON

kristinw@herald-mail.com

The winner of tonight's Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen Pageant will be the first to compete in the newly created Miss America's Outstanding Teen competition.

Miss America Organization representatives announced the new pageant in March, saying it strives to promote "scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement" among America's teens.

Three teens from the Washington County area will compete in the teen pageant held at 8 p.m. tonight as part of the Miss Maryland Pageant weekend. The pageant takes place at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St.

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"I'm excited," says Miss Teen Washington County Whitney Colombo, 15, of North Hagerstown High School. "I want to tell girls that it's not all about beauty. Whether I win or lose, I'm excited to represent Washington County for the year."

Miss Teen Hagerstown Karly Logsdon, 13, of Hancock Middle-Senior High School, says the entire pageant experience has been exciting.

"I think it will be a great opportunity to tell kids about my platform, which is volunteerism," she says. To win the Miss Teen Maryland pageant and compete at the national level "would be like a dream come true," she says.

Miss Teen Western Maryland Kayla Fotta, 13, of Thurmont Middle School in Frederick County also will be competing. She thinks it would be "awesome" to represent Maryland at the Miss America's Outstanding Teen competition "because you could do so many things for your community and the United States."

Miss America's Outstanding Teen competition will be held Aug. 17 to 20 in Orlando, Fla. The contest is open to teens ages 13 through 17 and will provide more than $150,000 in college scholarships to contestants. Both at the national and state level competitions, teens will be judged on a personal interview and in talent, evening wear, active wear and fitness categories.

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