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Sisters capture pageant titles

February 14, 2009|By ALICIA NOTARIANNI

HAGERSTOWN -- Two sisters took the Miss Washington County titles Saturday night at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

Whitney Colombo, 19, of Hagerstown, was crowned Miss Washington County and Audreanna Lynn Colombo, 15, took the crown for Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen.

"I am ecstatic," Whitney Colombo said. "It's amazing to be crowned the same year as my sister. We have won in the same year before, but this year, we are real sisters and pageant sisters with the same title."

Whitney Colombo is a sophomore at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. She performed a jazz dance to "Mercy" by Duffy. Audreanna Colombo is a sophomore at North Hagerstown High School. She performed a ballet dance to "Don Quixote." Their parents are Jim and Jodi Colombo.

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Mary King 22, of Hagerstown, won the title of Miss Western Maryland. She is the daughter of George and Agatha King, and a reporter at NBC 25.

"It is an overwhelming honor to represent Western Maryland," King said. "I get to work here every day and you truly become a part of the community. To represent that community is pretty awesome."

Mary Mulligan, 15, of Williamsport, captured the title of Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen. Mulligan, a sophomore at Williamsport High School, performed a jazz dance to "Knock on Wood." Her parents are Bryan and Terri Mulligan.

Whitney Colombo and King each received a $2,000 cash scholarship and have the opportunity to compete in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant, which concludes Saturday, June 27, at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

Audreanna Colombo and Mulligan each received a $125 cash scholarship and have the opportunity to compete in the Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen competition, which is June 26 at The Maryland Theatre.

Contestants for the Washington County title must live in the county. To qualify for the Western Maryland title, contestants must live, work or attend school in Washington, Frederick, Allegany or Garrett counties.

Sara Duncan, 21, of Keedysville, was first runner-up for Miss Washington County, and Alexandra Cozart, 22, of Indian Head, Md., won first runner-up for Miss Western Maryland. Each received a $600 cash scholarship.

Leah Kozlosky, 15, of Frederick, Md., won first runner-up in the teen category and a $50 cash scholarship.

Each of the contestants competed in five categories - private interview with the judges, evening wear, talent, onstage question and physical fitness.

Two contestants received quality-of-life awards for their platform-related work. Lindsay Karroll, 19, of Smithsburg, won the Washington County award for her work to build self-esteem in youths, and Nicki Bailey, 23, of Frostburg, Md., took the Western Maryland award for her efforts to raise awareness against domestic violence.

The theme for the pageant was "'70s Deja Vu." Contestants entered in 1970s-era garb with a dance number to Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll." Master of Ceremonies Buddy Rizer recounted '70s trivia throughout the night.

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