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Competition begins for Miss Maryland

June 28, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

HAGERSTOWN - Miss Prince George's County Vickie Kalasinsky, of Olney, Md., earned the top talent score during Wednesday's Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant's preliminary competition.

Kalasinsky's baton-twirling routine set to a rendition of Elton John's "My Strongest Suit" earned her a $200 scholarship.

Other top scorers were Miss Allegany County Shana Powell, of Bowie, Md., who won the $100 Newcomer Talent scholarship - awarded to the top scoring first-time Miss Maryland contestant - and Miss Annapolis Heather Molnar, of Parsonsburg, Md., who won a $100 scholarship given to the highest scorer in the lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit competition.

Six judges scored contestants across five categories: a private interview, talent, fitness in swimsuit, evening wear and on-stage question.

Talent is worth the most - 35 percent of the overall score.

Lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit are worth 15 percent.

The top talent and swimsuit scorers were awarded scholarships Wednesday.

Preliminary competition continues tonight at The Maryland Theatre.

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A total of 20 young women are competing for the Miss Maryland title and the chance to represent the state at the Miss America competition.

The new Miss Maryland will be crowned Saturday night.

Former Miss America Susan Powell, the 1981 winner, served as mistress of ceremonies. Powell and outgoing Miss Maryland Brittany Lietz performed during the competition.

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