Miss Maryland 2006 Brittany Lietz, 21, was recently honored with a send-off celebration Jan.7 at the Elks Club in Hagerstown. About 135 family, friends, pageant officials and other supporters gathered as Miss Maryland left to compete for the crown of Miss America.
Lietz is a cancer survivor having been diagnosed with stage two melanoma in 2005. She has worked to bring awareness to the prevention, detection, treatment and research of this disease.
Guest speaker was Robert Nicolay from the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation. He spoke of Lietz's support of the foundation.
The contestants are scheduled to arrive in Las Vegas on Friday, Jan. 19. Preliminary competition will run for three consecutive nights starting Jan. 25. The finals of Miss America will be broadcast live on CMT at 8 p.m. Jan. 29. The event takes place at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Lietz was crowned Miss Maryland in Hagerstown on July 1, 2006. She is a third-year honor student at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and is an award-winning dancer. She lives in Annapolis with her parents, a brother and sister.