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Morris is crowned Miss Teen Maryland

June 25, 2005|by KRISTIN WILSON

kristinw@herald-mail.com

With tears in her eyes, Miss Teen Caroline Summerfest, Lindsay Morris, dropped to her knees to be crowned Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen 2005.

As the winner of the Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen Competition, Morris receives a $400 scholarship in the form of a savings bond and will travel to Orlando, Fla., in August to compete for the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen. This is the first year the Miss America Scholarship Organization is holding a national competition for teens.

For her talent, Morris performed a classical piano work.

First runner-up, Miss Teen Cumberland Lindsay Hanna, won a $225 scholarship. Miss Teen Laurel Mary Lee Adams, second runner-up, won a $150 scholarship, and Miss Teen Annapolis Marisa West, third runner-up, won a $125 scholarship. Miss Teen Montgomery County Laouren Kozlosky, fourth runner-up, won a $100 scholarship.

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Miss Teen Maryland contestants were judged in six categories: press conference-style interview, casual wear, talent, on-stage question, lifestyle and fitness, and evening wear. The majority of contestants' scores came from the talent portion (40 percent) and the off-stage interview (30 percent).

Hanna also was named the community service winner.

Eighteen Maryland teens between the ages of 13 and 17 competed Friday for the Miss Teen Maryland title.

Miss Maryland 2004 Tiffany Jenkins acted as the mistress of ceremonies for the teen pageant, held for the first time on The Maryland Theatre stage.

Miss Teen Maryland 2004 Brittany Eberly, 16, passed the crown onto Morris, saying her year as Miss Teen Maryland was one of the most exciting times of her life.

"I've learned to really appreciate everything around me," she said. "I've gotten to meet a lot of great people."

The Miss Maryland pageant concludes today at The Maryland Theatre at 8 p.m.

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