A new rule last year stated there must be a teen pageant for every Miss crown. As a result, there were no Western Maryland crowns last year.
For the Washington County titles, the contestants must live in Washington County. For the Western Maryland titles, the contestants must live, work or attend school in Washington, Frederick, Allegany or Garrett counties.
Contestants will compete in five categories: Private interview with the judges, evening wear, talent, on-stage question, and physical fitness in swimwear for the miss contestants and sportswear fitness for the teens.
Miss Washington County
and Miss Western Maryland contestants
Nicki Bailey, 23, of Frostburg, Md.
Parents: Rick and Sharon Bailey
Education: Graduate of University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus
Talent: Dancing and singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
Platform: Raising awareness against domestic violence
Anna Clements, 19, of Smithsburg
Parents: Robert and Christine Clements
Education: Sophomore at Bridgewater College
Talent: Violinist performing "Ave Maria"
Platform: Literacy awareness in children
Whitney Colombo, 19, of Hagerstown
Parents: Jim and Jodi Colombo
Education: Sophomore at Shenandoah University
Talent: Jazz dance to "Mercy" by Duffy
Platform: Physical fitness in youth
Alexandra Cozart, 22, of Indian Head, Md.
Parents: James and Cynthia Asimenios
Education: Senior at Frostburg State University
Talent: Singing "Art is Calling for Me"
Platform: Mentoring youth: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Sara Duncan, 21, of Keedysville
Parents: Elizabeth and Michael Duncan
Education: Junior at Towson University
Talent: Modern dance to "Inside Your Heaven" by Carrie Underwood
Platform: Autism awareness
Victoria Hume, 19, of Sharpsburg
Parents: Raymond Hume and Anna Kraft
Education: Sophomore at Hagerstown Community College
Talent: Performing "Bring Him Home," from "Les Misrables," on clarinet
Platform: Teen pregnancy prevention
Lindsay Karroll, 19, of Smithsburg
Parents: John and Patricia Karroll
Education: Sophomore at Mount Saint Mary's University
Talent: Playing piano and singing in French, "Loin du froid de decembre"
Platform: Building self-esteem in youths
Mary King, 22, of Hagerstown
Parents: George and Agatha King
Education: Graduate of Troy University
Talent: Tap dance to "Allegro"
Platform: Children's Miracle Network
Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen/
Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen contestants
Haylee Baer, 16, of Frostburg, Md.
Parents: Daniel Baer and Linda Rogg
Education: Junior at Northern Garrett High School
Talent: Dance en pointe to "Cabaret"
Platform: Dyslexia awareness
Audreanna Colombo, 15, of Hagerstown
Parents: Jim and Jodi Colombo
Education: Sophomore at North Hagerstown High School
Talent: Ballet dance to "Don Quixote"
Platform: Promoting community service
Leah Kozlosky, 15, of Frederick, Md.
Parents: Edward and Pamela Kozlosky
Education: Sophomore at Tuscarora High School
Talent: Theater dance to "Life of the Party"
Platform: Promoting arts in the youth and disadvantaged
Mary Mulligan, 15, of Williamsport
Parents: Bryan and Terri Mulligan
Education: Sophomore at Williamsport High School
Talent: Jazz dance to "Knock on Wood"
Platform: Importance of student service learning (SSL) hours in public schools
Kayla Starliper, 13, of Hagerstown
Parent: Tammy Starliper
Education: Student at E. Russell Hicks Middle School
Talent: Baton twirling to "Burnin' Up" by the Jonas Brothers
Platform: Helping abused children
If you go ...
WHAT: Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship pageant and Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen/Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen pageant
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14
WHERE: Kepler Theater, Hagerstown Community College, off Robinwood Drive east of Hagerstown
COST: $15 for adults, which includes a program book; $6 for ages 5 to 10; free for ages 4 and younger. Tickets will be sold at the door.