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Miss West Virginia comes up short in bid for Miss America

January 30, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Shepherdstown, W.Va., resident Tiffany Lawrence was not among the 10 finalists in the 2007 Miss America Pageant Monday night in Las Vegas, but her supporters were happy that at least one of her roommates was in the group.

Miss Pennsylvania Emily Wills was Lawrence's roommate during a pageant-related event in September in Los Angeles, Lawrence's mother, Cheryl, said.

Cheryl Lawrence was searching for words Monday night to describe how she felt after her daughter did not make the top 10.

"You don't know how to express (it)," Cheryl Lawrence said by cell phone from Las Vegas shortly after the 10 finalists were announced. "You always think your daughter will have that shot," she said.

Cheryl Lawrence said she and other family members and supporters of Lawrence sat in two rows at The Aladdin Resort & Casino, where the pageant was held.


Other Lawrence supporters were scattered throughout the audience, Cheryl Lawrence said.

Fans of Lawrence wore lime green glow necklaces to show support for the woman and her lime green "platform color." Cheryl Lawrence said her daughter's supporters at one point waved their necklaces at the contestant and she waved her hand back.

Earlier in the day, Cheryl Lawrence said her daughter's supporters also were wearing specially designed lime green T-shirts that were sent from Berkeley County resident Ryan Frankenberry.

Frankenberry was an unsuccessful candidate for the Berkeley County Commission in November and is a consumer advocate for the state Attorney General's office.

"We got a lot of publicity that way," Cheryl Lawrence said of the shirts.

Cheryl Lawrence said her daughter's supporters planned to have a party later Monday night. Lawrence and her family plan to leave Las Vegas today at 1 p.m. for their return trip home, Cheryl Lawrence said.

Lawrence advanced to the 2007 Miss America Pageant after being crowned Miss West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va., in June 2006. She is a graduate of Jefferson High School and Shepherd University.

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