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Miller, Brown win crowns

February 25, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The two runners-up from last weekend's Miss Jefferson County scholarship pageant came away with the crowns Saturday night at The Apollo Civic Theatre, winning a chance to compete for Miss West Virginia in June in Morgantown, W.Va. - and possibly Miss America.

Amber Miller, 20, of Falling Waters, W.Va., was crowned Miss Berkeley County. She is the daughter of William and Angela Miller, and is a junior at Shepherd University. She performed a hip-hop dance to Will Smith's "Wild Wild West."

Kasha Brown, 20, of Charles Town, W.Va., was crowned Miss North Eastern.

She is the daughter of Milton and Lynn Brown, and is a junior at Fairmont State University. She sang "Listen" from the movie "Dream Girls."

The two were among eight contestants in Saturday night's pageant.

Contestants were 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 onstage interview (5 percent), said Shelley Nichols-Franklin, executive director of the pageant.

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Both competitions were restricted to women who live within a 50-mile radius of Berkeley County or who attend school in West Virginia.

Each winner receives a $1,000 scholarship and a $500 in-kind scholarship to Shepherd University.

The first runner-up was Melissa Godwin, 20, of Summit Point, W.Va. She is the daughter of Chris and Sharon Godwin, and is a sophomore at Shepherd University. She received a $300 scholarship.

Britny Yoder, 18, of Martinsburg, was the nonfinalist winner for talent. She sang "Amazing Grace" a cappella.

Ashley Brooke Breeden, 19, of Summit Point, W.Va., was the nonfinalist winner for the off-stage interview. Breeden's platform was promoting early detection and treatment for scoliosis, a condition she was treated for.

Yoder and Breeden each received $75.

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