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North Hagerstown High princess has lock(et)

October 29, 2005|By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Crowning the queen of the 81st Alsatia Mummers Parade on Friday night was a special treat for Miss Teen Washington County Whitney Colombo.

"Oh, I hope the North High princess is the queen," Whitney said as the boxes containing eight silver lockets and one gold locket were handed out at the coronation ball at the Hagerstown Elks Club.

When the little gift-wrapped boxes were opened, Abby Walker of North Hagerstown High School found the gold locket and won the honor of presiding over tonight's parade as queen.

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Whitney, herself a student at North High, happily presented Abby with flowers and helped her don the floor-length Alsatia Club robe during the festivities.

"I'm surprised and very excited," Abby said as she accepted the honor. A 17-year-old senior, Abby is planning to attend college next year to study forensic science.

The princesses in Abby's court for the parade tonight are Sara Duncan, Boonsboro; Devon Steiner, South Hagerstown; Jessica Unger, Hancock; Jennifer Hall, Clear Spring; Kenzie Bowen, Smithsburg; Tanya Fox, Washington County Technical High School; Sammi Snodderly, Williamsport; and Stephanie Snyder, St. Maria Goretti.

All nine girls were homecoming queens at their high schools.

A special moment during the coronation ball came when Nick Giannaris, parade grand marshal, received a standing ovation for all of his community and charitable endeavors over the years.

The owner of the Airport Inn and Four Points Sheraton, Giannaris started An Evening With Nick in 1982, a fundraiser that has raised more than $500,000 for local nonprofit agencies.

For 17 years, Christmas with Nick meant a free Christmas dinner for hundreds of local residents.

"I thank you for having me here," Giannaris said. "I'm very humble and thank you for all the nice things said about me."

James G. McCleaf II, parade chairman, said tonight's Alsatia Mummers' parade will include more than 200 units.

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