Pageant season begins again

February 08, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

Miss America - Miss Indiana Katie Stam - was crowned just two weeks and a night ago and already it's time to start the entire process all over again.

Eight contestants will compete for Miss Washington County and Miss Western Maryland crowns this Saturday night at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

The evening also will include the competitions for Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen and Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen.

After only awarding two crowns last year due to financial concerns and lack of manpower, pageant officials will award four crowns at this year's Washington County event.

The pageant can afford the extra scholarships and franchise fees, which are paid to the Miss Maryland organization, this year, said Barbara W. Carson, publicity chairwoman for the event. More than $7,000 in cash scholarships will be available for the miss and teen competitors.


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.

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