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Young people

June 03, 2007

Madison Paige Carbaugh was recently selected as a 2007 Miss Maryland Princess, and will be officially crowned by Miss Maryland Brittany Lietz on Sunday, June 24, at Valley Mall.

Now in its second year, the Miss Maryland Scholarship Organization has selected young girls ages 3 to 12 from across Maryland to serve as Miss Maryland Princesses.

Each princess selected will have a Miss Maryland contestant as a mentor for the year, and will participate in all Miss Maryland Scholarship Organization events, serving as special guests at the preliminary competitions and crowning of Miss Maryland 2007-08. In addition, the Miss Maryland Princesses will be featured performers for the Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen Program on Friday, June 29, at The Maryland Theatre.

Madison is 4 years old and is the daughter of Jason and Jennifer Carbaugh of Hagerstown. She is the granddaughter of Jim and Jodi Colombo of Hagerstown and Debbie and Gary Carbaugh of Hagerstown. Madison has an older brother, Jacob, who is 7 years old.

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Madison's aunts are Miss Washington County Whitney Colombo and Miss Western Maryland's Outstanding Teen, Audreanna Colombo.

For more information on the Miss Maryland Princess Program, please contact Courtney Thomas, Miss Maryland business manager, at 301-697-4247, or visit the Miss Maryland Web site at www.missmd.info.

Chad Thompson, son of Richard and Tina Thompson of Cascade, will travel to Austria this summer for the People to People Sports Ambassador program for bowling.

He recently participated in the State Bowling Competition in Lancaster, Pa., for the second time. He first had to qualify at the district level, where he bowled a 704 set scratch.

His current average is a 198. He bowls on two leagues at Sunshine Lanes in the wintertime, and one league plus tournaments in the summertime. Chad also bowls in the Pennsylvania junior tour throughout the year to earn scholarship money.

Chad will be in the 11th grade at Smithsburg High School this fall. He has a GPA of 3.4, and wants to bowl at the college level after high school. He has been bowling for five years, and has bowled three 700 sets, with a 741 high set and a 289 high game. He has also been selected to the National Society of High School Scholars, and is listed in the Who's Who Among American High School Students sports edition. He is active in his church youth group and is working at a part-time job to help pay for his trip.

In Austria, Chad will bowl with other students from across the United States competing against bowlers from other countries. The students will fly from Pittsburgh and will meet in California for the trip to Austria.

Chad will be taught by gold-level bowling coaches on how to improve his bowling skills, and will learn about teamwork and sportsmanship. He will also learn about Austria and the people who live there.

The People to People program was established by President Eisenhower in 1956. Through its programs, athletes learn as much about themselves as about the world around them.

Chad was nominated by a representative from the USBC to be a sports ambassador. Nominees are interviewed by a representative of the program. Once accepted, sports ambassadors go to orientation meetings, where they get to know some of the other participants, learn about their travel destinations, and prepare for the new experiences they will encounter.

Each sports ambassador is responsible for paying for his or her trip. While Chad has had several fundraisers, he still has a long way to go. Any business or person who would like to sponsor Chad or give a donation to help fund his trip can send funds to Chad Thompson, 14425 McAfee Hill Road, Cascade MD 21719.

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