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Sisters Whitney and Audreanna Colombo, and Sara Duncan win scholarship pageants

February 25, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Editor's note: The following story, which originally was published in the Feb. 18 edition of The Herald-Mail, is being republished to correct multiple errors.




Two sisters walked away with crowns Feb. 17 at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater, the site of the Miss Washington County, Miss Western Maryland and Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen competitions.

Whitney Colombo, 17, of Hagerstown, was named Miss Washington County. Her sister, Audreanna Colombo, 13, of Hagerstown, was named Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen.

"I wanted them to say my sister's name first, then say mine, but I knew it was in the hands of the judges," said Whitney Colombo, a senior at North Hagerstown High School.

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Sara Duncan, 19, of Keedysville, won the Miss Western Maryland title.

The winners of the Miss Washington County and Miss Western Maryland titles advance to the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant in June. They also received $2,000 in scholarship money.

Fifteen contestants competed for the Miss Washington County and Miss Western Maryland titles - eight of them Washington County residents.

The contestants were judged in five categories - talent, evening wear, swimsuit, personal interview and onstage question. The most weight is given to the talent and personal interview, pageant auditor Ken Apple said.

Along with Miss Maryland Brittany Lietz, outgoing titleholders - Miss Washington County Carrie Shank and Miss Western Maryland Autumn Smith - were there to pass their crowns.

For some of them, the moment was bittersweet.

"I told them I can't get through another farewell speech. It's sad," said Lietz, 22, of Annapolis.

Rachel Marie Salvador, 22, of Hagerstown, took first runner-up for the Miss Washington County title. Christie Ganoe, 21, of Cumberland, Md., was first runner-up for the Miss Western Maryland title. They will receive a $600 scholarship.

The second runners-up - Lawren Hill, 17, of Hagerstown, for Miss Washington County; and Bindy Boyer, 19, of Greencastle, Pa., for Miss Western Maryland - will receive a $400 scholarship.

All contestants will receive at least $50 in scholarship money.

As Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen, Audreanna Colombo will receive a $125 cash scholarship and will represent the area in Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen Pageant, which also will be held in June.

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