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Windle, Ellsworth win pageant preliminaries

June 24, 2005|By KRISTIN WILSON

kristinw@herald-mail.com

Miss Annapolis Ashley Windle won both the talent competition and the Newcomer Talent Award for her classical violin performance Thursday during the second night of preliminary competitions at the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant at The Maryland Theatre.

Windle earned $350 in scholarships.

Miss Western Maryland Rachel Ellsworth won the preliminary swimsuit competition for the third year in a row and earned a $100 scholarship.

Miss Maryland contestants will compete today in a 12-minute press conference-style interview with judges. Based on the preliminary competition scores and the interview, the top 10 contestants will be announced Saturday, the final night of competition.

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Tonight, the Miss Teen contestants take the stage at 8. The Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen Pageant will name Miss Teen Maryland, who will represent the state at the first Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando, Fla., in August. Eighteen Maryland girls between the ages of 13 and 17 are competing for the title.

Thursday night was filled with performance surprises. Miss America 1981 Susan Powell delighted the audience with a jazz ballad in between emcee duties, while reigning Miss Maryland Tiffany Jenkins sang several group numbers and individual ballads.

Miss Washington County Emily Conrad performed in the talent competition Thursday night, singing a Broadway ballad, "No Man Left for Me." Her hometown crowd cheered as she walked onto the stage in a royal blue satin gown.

On Wednesday's first night of preliminary competitions, Miss Patuxent Elizabeth Borowsky won the talent competition, while Miss Allegany County Autumn Smith won the Newcomer Talent Award. Miss Greater Baltimore Courtney Gebhard and Miss Tidewater Jennifer Witow-ski tied for first place in Wednesday's swimsuit competition.

The Miss Maryland Scholarship Organization will award approximately $42,000 in scholarships this week to the 22 contestants, said Jack Ganley, treasurer for the Miss Maryland Organization. Each contestant received a $500 scholarship for competing in this year's pageant.

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