Orientation for contestants for the 2008 Miss Washington County and Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant was held at The Plaza Hotel in Hagerstown on Saturday, Jan. 5.
In addition to having their photos taken, contestants received information about the Miss Washington County-Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Foundation, the duties of Miss Washington County and Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen, scholarship details, code of ethics, standards of behavior and the phases of competition that include talent, a 10-minute personal interview with the judges, physical fitness in swimwear, evening wear and on-stage question. Other topics covered included the contestant platform which is a topic, cause, or other community service issue of special interest to the contestant, the rehearsal schedule and the actual production.
Specials guests were Miss Washington County 2007 Whitney Colombo, Miss Western Maryland 2007 Sara Duncan, and Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen 2007 Audreanna Colombo. All three shared their experiences over the past year with special mention made of the scholarships earned, valuable experiences in improving their public speaking skills, the relationships formed with other contestants, board members and the community, as well as the "just for fun" appearances.