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Miss Allegany County named Miss Maryland

July 01, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

Miss Allegany County Shana Powell was crowned the new Miss Maryland on Saturday during the 72nd annual Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant at The Maryland Theatre.

As the new Miss Maryland, Powell, of Bowie, Md., will receive a $9,000 scholarship and other gifts. She also will represent the state at the upcoming Miss America pageant.

For her talent, Powell performed "Glitter and Be Gay" from the operetta "Candide" - the same performance that earned her the $200 Newcomer Talent prize at Wednesday's preliminary competition. Her platform was promoting the importance of music education and support for the arts.

Powell has performed with Opera Philadelphia and interned with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Miss Maryland 2006 Brittany Lietz graciously handed over the crown.

"Cherish the moment, it will never happen again," she said in her final speech.

Other title winners Saturday were:

? First runner-up - Miss Pride of the Potomac Ryann Richardson of Bowie, Md., who received a $4,000 scholarship.

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? Second runner-up - Miss Caroline Summerfest Lindsay Staniszewski of Swan Point, Md. who received a $3,000 scholarship.

? Third runner-up - Miss Prince Georges County Vickie Kalasinsky of Olney, Md., who received a $2,000 scholarship.

? Fourth runner-up - Miss College Park Shannon Beam of Lanham, Md., who received a $1,500 scholarship.

Scholarships also were awarded to the semifinalists and nonfinalist contestants.

Miss Washington County Whitney Colombo of Hagerstown was a top 10 finisher, earning a $1,000 prize. Miss Western Maryland Sara Duncan of Keedysville was a Non-Finalist Talent Award winner, a prize worth $250.

Miss Frederick Jeanna Riscigno also was a top 10 finisher.

Pageant officials said a total of $34,000 in scholarship money was awarded this year.

Miss America 1981 Susan Powell was the mistress of ceremonies.

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