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More than just a pretty face

Shepherdstown woman named Miss W.Va.

Shepherdstown woman named Miss W.Va.

June 21, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Yes, Tiffany Lawrence knows she's on her way to the Miss America competition.

But there's other work to do, too.

After all, she wants to make sure there are enough precinct workers in Shepherdstown for the November general election.

Huh?

Despite the hoopla over Lawrence being crowned Miss West Virginia Saturday night in Morgantown, W.Va., it hasn't diverted her attention from other interests.

Lawrence loves politics and in the recent May primary election, the 23-year-old Shepherdstown woman was elected to the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee.

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Lawrence is secretary of the executive committee and she has been working to make sure enough precinct workers will be in Shepherdstown for the Nov. 7 election.

Reva Mickey, head of the local Democratic executive committee, said Tuesday that she called Lawrence this week and told Lawrence she did not have to worry about the election work, given all the excitement over the Miss West Virginia title.

Lawrence insisted that she will keep working on getting precinct workers, Mickey said.

"I want those kind of people," Mickey said.

After competing in the event four times, Lawrence was crowned Miss West Virginia Saturday night at the culmination of a three-day event in Morgantown.

Lawrence, the daughter of Tony and Cheryl Lawrence of Shepherdstown, will advance to the Miss America competition in January after preliminary competitions in Los Angeles Sept. 5 to 13.

Lawrence competed among 23 contestants in the Miss West Virginia competition, which included evening wear, swimsuit, talent and interview sessions.

Her talent was a vocal performance of the song "Don't Cry Out Loud."

She won the Scholastic Award, a pageant official said.

Each year, women ages 17 to 24 compete for regional pageant titles and have the chance to move on to state competitions and the national title.

In February, Lawrence was crowed Miss Jefferson County at Wright Denny Intermediate School.

She has been competing in similar contests for five years and last year was second-runner-up in the Miss Jefferson County event.

In Saturday's event, the competition was narrowed down to Lawrence and Gabrielle Colombo, Miss Princeton. When Colombo was named first runnner-up, Lawrence said the feeling she experience was "indescribable."

"It was just very surreal," Lawrence said.

But Lawrence said the pageants are not something that weigh heavy in her mind, unlike other women.

"It's funny, a lot of girls think pageants are everything. I differ on that," Lawrence said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Lawrence's interests are divided among many areas.

She recently graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average and a master's degree in business from Shenandoah University. Lawrence has received more than $10,000 in college scholarships through her pageants and she plans to use the money to continue her education to obtain a doctorate in public administration.

Lawrence said she became interested in politics after being asked to sing at one of the anniversaries of rural free postal delivery in Charles Town in about 1996. She began meeting people in political circles and in 2004, she worked as an intern in the state Legislature.

Lawrence said she hopes someday to run for governor of West Virginia.

Michael Cassell, a local attorney and member of the local Democratic Executive Committee, said he believes she could be a serious contender.

Mickey said Lawrence is always giving credit to her peers and shows a high level of maturity.

"She is outstanding in everything she does," Mickey said.

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