Loop briefs

December 28, 2006

Teen pageant slated

The Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Foundation announces the Miss Teen Western Maryland competition for area teen girls.

The competition will take place Saturday, Feb. 17, at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater. Miss Teen Western Maryland will advance to compete in the Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen pageant in June.

In order to be a contestant in the pagfeant, girls must be 13 to 17 years old and not yet be a high school senior. Also, contestants must live in Garrett, Allegany, Washington or Frederick counties.

The four phases of competition are interview, talent, physical fitness in sportswear, and poise in evening wear. There is an entrance fee.


The teen winner will receive a $125 scholarship, a crown, flowers and the opportunity to compete in the state teen competition.

For information and an application, call Barbara Carson at 301-733-6340. Applications must be returned by Friday, Jan. 5. A limited number of contestants will be accepted on a first-come basis. An orientation will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, at Plaza Hotel.

Parents are welcome to attend the orientation.

Poetry contest set

The Washington County Free Library will sponsor its ninth annual Washington County Poetry Contest beginning in January. Poems may be submitted to the library any time from Monday, Jan. 15, through Thursday, March 15.

There will be two winning entries and an honorable mention for each of five age divisions in the contest. The age divisions are as follows: Children in grades two and three, grades four and five, grades six through eight, grades nine through 12, and adult. To enter a poem in the contest, you must live in Washington County; only one submission per person is allowed.

Poems must be original work and may be on any topic. Poems may be in any style and must be no longer than one page in length. The poem must be either typed or legibly printed with the author's name, age division, address and telephone number attached.

A book of poetry will be awarded for the first and second place winning entries in each division, with honorable mention certificates awarded for third place.

Poets may bring entries to the Washington County Free Library's Children's Department or submit them to the library by mail. Send entries to: Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740, attention: Poetry Contest.

Poetry contest winners will be announced April 23 and will be displayed at the library. There will be a reception held in May to honor the poets.

For information, call Jeff Ridgeway at 301-739-3250, ext. 132.

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