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Pianist wins talent portion of pageant

June 29, 2006|by KRISTIN WILSON

Showing off her Peabody Conservatory piano education, Miss Mountain Maryland Chia Jung Tsay earned the top talent score Wednesday during the first night of preliminary competitions in the Miss Maryland scholarship pageant.

Tsay performed "Totentanz," a classical piano piece by Franz Liszt. Her impressive rendition included playing the piano backward.

Tsay won a $250 scholarship with the preliminary talent award.

Miss Tidewater Brittany Lietz received the newcomer talent award and received a $100 scholarship. The newcomer talent award is given to the first-time, state-level contestant with the highest talent score. Lietz performed a lyrical dance routine to the song, "Gold."

A high score in the talent competition is particularly important, since it is worth 35 percent of a contestant's overall score.

Miss Patuxent Leah Ledbetter accepted the preliminary physical fitness in swimsuit award. She also received a $100 scholarship.

Wednesday's preliminary winners competed among 24 Miss Maryland contestants. The Miss Maryland pageant continues tonight at 8 p.m. with a second round of preliminary competitions in the fitness in swimsuit, talent, on-stage interview and evening wear categories.

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Miss Maryland 2006 will be named Saturday night.

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