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Lawrence crowned Miss Jefferson County

February 20, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Tiffany Lawrence is heading to the Miss West Virginia pageant for the fifth time after being crowned Miss Jefferson County on Saturday night at Wright Denny Intermediate School in Charles Town.

Lawrence, 23, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., sang "God Help the Outcast" for her talent, said Roxanne Stagner, executive director of the Shenandoah Scholarship Organization, which puts on the Miss Jefferson County Pageant.

Lawrence's platform was the "Power of Postive Self Esteem."

Lawrence, who received $3,200 in scholarship money, has been competing in similar contests for five years and last year was second runner-up in the Miss Jefferson County event.

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Lawrence said she has competed for Miss West Virginia four times and has placed in the top 10 all but once.

Lawrence said the appearances have helped her prepare for the contests.

"I wouldn't say it's easier, but you get more confidence on stage," said Lawrence, who will compete for Miss West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va., in June.

Jessica Morrison, 22, of Shepherdstown, was first runner-up in Saturday's contest and received $1,500 in scholarship money.

Kasha Brown, 19, of Charles Town, was second runner-up and received $1,000 in scholarship money.

Lawrence is the daughter of Tony and Cheryl Lawrence of Shepherdstown.

Lawrence is a graduate of Shepherd University, where she studied political science and business administration and is currently working on a master's degree in business administration at Shenandoah University.

Staff writer Julie E. Greene contributed to this story.

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