Two crowns up for grabs at local pageant

Organizers disappointed by lack of entries

Organizers disappointed by lack of entries

February 14, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

Six contestants will vie for Miss Washington County on Saturday night as the pageant season begins and hundreds of women around the country attempt to become the next Miss America.

Also being held Saturday at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater will be the Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen pageant. Four teens are competing for that crown.

There will be no Miss Western Maryland title this year, said Barbara W. Carson, publicity chairwoman for the pageant.

Carson said a new rule this year states that there must be a teen pageant for every Miss crown. For the local pageant, that would have meant that instead of the usual three crowns - Miss Washington County, Miss Western Maryland and Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen - there would be four. Due to financial concerns and lack of manpower, local organizers chose to downsize.

To hold two Miss-level pageants, at least eight contestants are needed. But board members made the decision to scale back before they knew how many contestants there would be, Carson said.


Still, the low number of entries this year was disappointing, Carson said. Carson isn't sure why there were only six entries for the Miss crown this year, but she said young women are busy today with other activities and jobs. Last year there were 14 contestants for Miss Washington County and Miss Western Maryland. Five of this year's six contestants competed last year.

The pageants will involve on-stage competitions for evening wear, talent and on-stage question. The Miss contestants' fitness will be judged during the swimwear segment, whereas the teens' fitness will be judged while they're wearing sportswear.

The contestants for both crowns will be interviewed in private by the judges, as well.

Miss Washington County will win a $2,000 cash scholarship and the opportunity to compete at Miss Maryland in June at The Maryland Theatre.

Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen 2008 will win a $125 cash scholarship and several other gifts and will represent Western Maryland at Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen Pageant.

If you go ...

WHAT: Scholarship pageants for the titles of Miss Washington County and Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16

WHERE: Kepler Theater, Hagerstown Community College, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown

COST: $15 for adults, $6 for children ages 5 to 10; free for ages 4 and younger

MORE: For tickets call Andrea at 301-790-4923 after 5 p.m. or buy them at the door.

Miss Washington County contestants
(in alphabetical order):

Caressa Frazee, 19, of Grantsville, Md.

Parents: Brian and Carol Frazee

Education: Senior at Frostburg State University

Talent: Singing "Crazy" by Patsy Cline

Platform: Heart disease awareness and prevention

Christie Ganoe, 22, of Cumberland, Md.

Parents: John Ganoe and Brenda Crossland

Education: Senior at Frostburg State University

Talent: Singing "It's No Secret Anymore"

Platform: To educate people to help prevent bullying

Victoria Hume, 18, of Sharpsburg

Parents: Raymond Hume and Anna Kraft

Education: Sophomore at Hagerstown Community College

Talent: Clarinet performance of "Bring Him Home" from "Les Miserables"

Platform: Teen pregnancy prevention awareness

Rachel Marie Salvador, 23, of Hagerstown

Parent: Virginia Grove

Education: Senior at Frostburg State University

Talent: Jazz dance to "Fuego" by The Cheetah Girls

Platform: Encouraging awareness and tolerance of diverse cultures

Gretchen Schoeck, 17, of Hagerstown

Parents: Ted and Teresa Schoeck

Education: Senior at North Hagerstown High School

Talent: Piano performance of Beethoven's Sonata Opus 13 Second Movement

Platform: She and her twin brother Otto hold an annual drive for used sports equipment for Boys and Girls Club of Washington County

Maure Smith, 24, of Williamsport

Parents: Jeff and Debbie Smith

Education: Hagerstown Community College graduate

Talent: Singing "Somewhere over the Rainbow"

Platform: Supporting and encouraging people who might have low self-esteem due to vitiligo or other physical differences

Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen 2008 contestants
(in alphabetical order):

Madeleine Bohrer, 13, of Frostburg, Md.

Parents: Kenny and Lisa Bohrer

Education: Eighth-grader at Mount Savage Middle School

Talent: Tap Dance to "Hit Me Up"

Platform: Educate children and parents about prevention steps and dangers of childhood obesity

Shannon Draper, 16, of Williamsport

Parents: Lee and Tina Draper

Education: Junior at Williamsport High School

Talent: Singing "Up To The Mountain"

Platform: Encouraging people to mentor elementary school-aged children

Hollie Robertson, 14, of Frostburg

Parents: Christine and David Robertson

Education: Freshman at Mountain Ridge High School

Talent: Lyrical dance to "Wild Horses"

Platform: Preventing teen violence and drinking

Briannin Stevenson, 14, of Frostburg

Parents: Robert and Lisa Stevenson

Education: Freshman at Mountain Ridge High School

Talent: Swing tap dance to "Coney Island Shuffle"

Platform: Supporting early childhood programs to ensure children enter school on equal learning levels

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