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Eight women compete for two crowns in W.Va.

February 22, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The eight women competing Saturday night for a chance at the Miss West Virginia crown include six women who participated in last weekend's Miss Jefferson County pageant.

Saturday's pageant at The Apollo Civic Theatre will crown a Miss Berkeley County and a Miss North Eastern, both of whom will go on to compete for the state crown in June in Morgantown, W.Va.

The theme for this year's pageant is "Jazz it Up" Mardi Gras Style, said Shelley Nichols-Franklin, executive director for the pageant. The emcee will be Miss West Virginia 2003, Allison Williams, who is from the Eastern Panhandle.

Both competitions are restricted to women who live within a 50-mile radius of Berkeley County or who attend school in West Virginia, Nichols-Franklin said. Miss Berkeley County will be crowned first.

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The two contestants who didn't participate in last weekend's Miss Jefferson County pageant are Britny Yoder and Jessica Yurish. The six women who did compete last weekend include the Miss Jefferson County first runner-up, Kasha Brown of Charles Town, and the second runner-up, Amber Miller of Falling Waters.

Contestants are judged on artistic expression and talent (35 percent), an off-stage interview (25 percent), evening wear (20 percent), lifestyle, fitness and swimsuit (15 percent), and an on-stage interview (5 percent), Nichols-Franklin said.

In addition to competing for the local crowns and a chance to compete for Miss West Virginia and possibly Miss America, the women are trying to earn scholarships.

Nichols-Franklin said that a total of $3,300 in scholarship money is up for grabs Saturday.




If you go ...



WHAT: Miss Berkeley County and Miss North Eastern pageant

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

WHERE: The Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

COST: $10 for adults; $5 for ages 12 and younger. Tickets are available in advance at Serenity Day Spa, 76 Old Mill Road, Martinsburg, W.Va., or at the theater the night of the pageant.

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 81 south to Exit 13 (King Street) in West Virginia. Turn left onto King Street and go about one mile to Queen Street. Turn left onto Queen Street. Go two blocks to Martin Street and turn right. Go one block on Martin Street. The theater is on the right.




Miss Berkeley County and Miss North Eastern contestants (in alphabetical order):

Christina Brancato, 18, of Ranson, W.Va.

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

Parents: Ann and Blair Breeden

Education: Sophomore, Shepherd University

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Promoting early detection and treatment for scoliosis

Kasha Brown, 20, of Charles Town, W.Va.

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, W.Va.

Parents: Chris and Sharon Godwin

Education: Sophomore, Shepherd University

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Encouraging people to vote and show patriotism

Amber Miller, 20, of Falling Waters, W.Va.

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

Britny Yoder, 18, of Martinsburg, W.Va.

Parents: Mary and Yogi Yoder

Education: Senior, Martinsburg High School

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Promoting a family mentoring program

Jessica Yurish, 20, of Martinsburg, W.Va.

Parents: Paul and June Yurish

Education: Sophomore, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Talent: Dance

Platform: Educating people about life after cancer

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