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Miss Maryland preliminary competition results in two ties

June 19, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

HAGERSTOWN -- The first of two nights of preliminary competition for the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant resulted in two ties -- in the first rounds of the competitions for talent and for lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit.

Miss Capital Region Taryn Williams of Bowie, Md., and Miss College Park Heather Molnar of Parsonsburg, Md., will split the $200 scholarship for talent.

Williams, who also won a $100 scholarship for Newcomer Talent, performed a lively contemporary dance to "Tied Up." Molnar sang "It's All Coming Back To Me Now," a power ballad that has been recorded by Meatloaf and Celine Dion.

The tie for lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit was won by Miss Allegany County Louise Schlegel of Silver Spring, Md., and Miss Anne Arundel County Brittany McNeil of Walkersville, Md. They each will receive $50 in scholarships.

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Half of the 20 Miss Maryland contestants competed in talent and onstage interview Wednesday night at The Maryland Theatre, and the other half competed in lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit and evening wear. Those groups will switch preliminary competitions tonight. The Miss Maryland finals will be Saturday night.

Miss Black Eyed Susan Gretchen Schoeck and Miss Cumberland Whitney Colombo, both 18, of Hagerstown, competed in evening wear and lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit Wednesday night.

Talent accounts for 35 percent of the overall score, while lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit is 15 percent.

The off-stage interview accounts for 25 percent of the score and the onstage question counts for 5 percent. Evening wear is 20 percent.

The overall winner will go to Las Vegas to compete for the Miss America crown on Jan. 24, 2009.

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