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Miss Maryland competition continues

June 30, 2006|by KRISTIN WILSON

HAGERSTOWN

With a high-energy and high-flying baton twirling routine, Miss College Park Vickie Kalasinsky took the $250 scholarship preliminary talent award Thursday night during the Miss Maryland pageant's second night of preliminary competitions.

Kalasinsky performed to the tune "Big Time," twirling her baton around her wrists, shoulders, elbows and neck. Her routine included juggling three spinning batons.

Miss Frederick Tauri Summers won the preliminary newcomer talent award for her lyrical dance routine to the song "Dream in Color." Summers was awarded a $100 scholarship.

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Miss Burtonsville Amber Coffman won a $100 scholarship as the preliminary fitness in swimsuit competition winner.

Thursday's preliminary winners competed at The Maryland Theatre among 24 women vying for the Miss Maryland title.

Pageant competitions continue today with a 12-minute press conference-style interview with judges. Based on the preliminary competition scores from Wednesday and Thursday nights and the interview score, the top 10 contestants will be announced Saturday, the final night of competition.

Some of the preliminary competitions received a makeover this year.

Contestants were given the "red-carpet treatment" during the on-stage interview competition.

Mistress of ceremonies and Miss America 1981 Susan Powell asked off-the-cuff personal questions, as well as questions about contestants' gowns, such as, "Who is the designer of your beautiful dress?"

The swimsuit portion also was glammed up with a photo shoot theme. Contestants walked down the runway while striking a pose, fans blowing their hair.

Tonight, the Miss Teen contestants take The Maryland Theatre stage at 8. Reigning Miss America Jennifer Berry will host the pageant.

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