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Miss Md. Outstanding Teen chosen

Miss Howard County wins, goes on to compete in Fla.

Miss Howard County wins, goes on to compete in Fla.

July 01, 2006|by KRISTIN WILSON

HAGERSTOWN - Miss Howard County's Outstanding Teen, Hannah Mollerick, was crowned Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen 2006.

As the winner of the teen competition, Mollerick receives a $500 scholarship in addition to a trip to Orlando, Fla., to compete for the title Miss America's Outstanding Teen.

For her talent, Mollerick performed a jazz dance to the song "I've Got the World on a String."

Reigning Miss America Jennifer Berry acted as the mistress of ceremonies at the Friday night pageant.

Berry was greeted with a standing ovation at The Maryland Theatre. She kept the audience chuckling as she hosted the four-hour show.

The first runner-up, Miss Mountain Maryland's Outstanding Teen, Whitney Colombo, a North Hagerstown High School student, won a $225 scholarship.

Miss Western Maryland's Outstanding Teen, Lindsay Hanna, the second runner-up, won a $150 scholarship and Miss Cumberland's Outstanding Teen, Joanna Guy, the third runner-up, won a $125 scholarship. Miss Laurel's Outstanding Teen, Danielle Boston, was fourth runner-up and won a $100 scholarship.

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Eighteen Maryland teens between ages 13 and 17 competed for the title. They competed in six categories - press conference-style interview, casual wear, talent, on-stage question, lifestyle and fitness and active wear, and evening wear.

The majority of contestants' scores came from the talent portion (35 percent) and the judges' interview (25 percent).

Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen 2005 Lindsay Morris was asked by Berry about the most rewarding aspect of her year as Miss Teen Maryland.

"The most rewarding part is ... having little kids look up to you. That's the best part of the job, definitely," Lindsay said.

The Miss Maryland pageant concludes today at 8 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre.

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