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There she is

February 17, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

HAGERSTOWN -- "It's No Secret Anymore" that Christie Ganoe of Cumberland, Md., was crowned Miss Washington County on Saturday night, earning her the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Maryland in June.

"I mean I'm ridiculously, ridiculously excited because Whitney's my best friend, and for her to crown me is out of this world," Ganoe said shortly after winning. Whitney is Whitney Colombo, the outgoing Miss Washington County.

Ganoe, 22, was one of six contestants competing Saturday night for the Miss Washington County title at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater. She won a $2,000 cash scholarship.

Ganoe was first runner-up for the Miss Western Maryland title last year, and competed for Miss Maryland last year after being crowned Miss Cumberland. She has been participating in Miss America-system pageants for six years.

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Ganoe sang "It's No Secret Anymore," a Broadway song by Linda Eder, for the talent competition. Ganoe's platform is to educate people to help prevent bullying.

Madeleine "Maddie" Bohrer, 13, of Frostburg, Md., beat out three other competitors in a tough Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen competition.

"I am surprised," Bohrer said. "It feels so great."

Bohrer won a $125 cash scholarship and several other gifts and will represent Western Maryland at Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen Pageant.

Each Miss Washington County contestant will receive at least a $100 cash scholarship.

Miss Washington County contestants had to live, work or attend school in Washington, Frederick, Allegany or Garrett counties, and be between age 17 -- as a high school senior -- and age 24.

About 200 people watched as the contestants for the Miss Washington County and teen competitions competed on stage in evening wear, talent and on-stage question. The contestants' fitness was judged during the swimwear segment, whereas the teens' fitness was judged during a sportswear competition.

The contestants for both crowns were interviewed in private by the judges as well.

The Miss Maryland pageant will be June 18 to 21 at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. The winner of that pageant will have the opportunity to compete for Miss America next year.

Due to a new pageant rule this year, and manpower and financial concerns, pageant organizers decided to crown only a Miss Washington County and not a Miss Western Maryland this year, Publicity Chairwoman Barbara W. Carson said. The rule change dictated that for every Miss crown, there must be a teen pageant.

Rachel Marie Salvador, 23, of Hagerstown, was first runner-up for Miss Washington County. She won a $600 cash scholarship.

Shannon Draper, 16, of Williamsport, was first runner-up in the teen competition.

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