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Eleven young women to compete for Miss Jefferson County crown

February 16, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Eleven Miss Jefferson County hopefuls will compete Saturday for thousands of dollars in scholarship money and a chance at the Miss West Virginia crown.

The Miss Jefferson County pageant is scheduled for Saturday evening at the Wright Denny Intermediate School in Charles Town.

The winner will advance to the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant in June. The winner of the Miss West Virginia pageant will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant in January 2008.

Pageant director Roxanne Stagner said roughly $8,000 to $12,000 in scholarship money is given out each year, with the winner walking away with an average of $3,500.

The next Miss Jefferson County also could follow in the footsteps of Tiffany Lawrence, the reigning Miss Jefferson County who went on to earn the Miss West Virginia crown, thus landing her a spot to compete in the 2007 Miss America Pageant.


Lawrence will be the emcee and will perform during the pageant, Stagner said.

Miss Jefferson County contestants are (in alphabetical order):

Amber Ainsworth, 18, of Ranson, W.Va.

Parents: Howard and Laura Ains-worth

Education: Senior, Jefferson High School

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Preventing teen suicide

Christina Brancato, 18, of Charles Town

Parents: Robert and Miriam Brancato

Education: Freshman, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Rallying for available health care for uninsured and underinsured

Ashley Breeden, 19, of Summit Point, W.Va.

Parents: Blair and Anne Breeden

Education: Sophomore, Shepherd University

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Scoliosis awareness

Kasha Brown, 20, of Charles Town

Parents: Milton and Lynn Brown

Education: Junior, Fairmont State University

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Heart disease prevention and awareness

Julianne Frye, 20, of Hedgesville, W.Va.

Parents: Jonathan and Janice Frye

Education: Sophomore, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Encouraging people to donate blood

Melissa Godwin, 20, of Summit Point

Parents: Chris and Sharon Godwin

Education: Sophomore, Shepherd University

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Promoting civic responsibility through exercising the right to vote

Ashley Hawkins, 18, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Parents: Scott and Tammy Hawkins

Education: Senior, Jefferson High School

Talent: Monologue

Platform: Teaching swimming safety for children

Bergan Holbrook, 18, of Inwood, W.Va.

Parents: Todd and Wendy Kief, and Arthur Holbrook III

Education: Senior, Jefferson High School

Talent: Original poem reading

Platform: Promoting education

Lauren McInnes, 17, of Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Parent: Dan McInnes

Education: Senior, Jefferson High School

Talent: Steel drums

Platform: Skin cancer awareness and prevention

Amber Miller, 20, of Shepherdstown

Parents: William and Angela Miller

Education: Junior, Shepherd University

Talent: Dance

Platform: Teaching children to appreciate friendship, individuality, responsibility, study and teachers in order to perform at school

Whitney Whittaker, 24, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.

Parents: Charles R. Whittaker Jr. and Brenda R. Whittaker

Education: Second-year doctoral student, WVU

Talent: Baton twirling

Platform: Using personal experiences to help others achieve their goals

If you go ...

WHAT: Miss Jefferson County Scholarship Pageant

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

WHERE: Wright Denny Intermediate School, 209 W. Congress St., Charles Town, W.Va.

COST: $8

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