Crowns up for grabs in W.Va.

February 15, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Six Eastern Panhandle residents will compete Saturday night for two pageant crowns and, ultimately, the chance to be the next Miss America.

The crowns up for grabs at the Apollo Civic Theatre are Miss Berkeley County and Miss North Eastern, according to Shelley Nichols-Franklin, the pageant's executive director.

The contestants include the reigning Miss North Eastern, Amber Miller, and the reigning Miss Shenandoah Valley, Melissa Godwin.

Each winner will receive a $700 scholarship and will compete in the Miss West Virginia pageant in Morgantown, W.Va., in June, Franklin said. The first runner-up will get $200.

The women will be scored on a private interview, an onstage interview, talent performance, appearance in an evening gown and appearance in swimwear, according to Nichols-Franklin.


To be eligible, contestants must be 17 to 24 years old and live or attend school within a 50-mile radius of Berkeley County.

If you go ...

WHAT: Miss Berkeley County and Miss North Eastern Scholarship Pageants

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21

WHERE: Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

COST: $8 for ages 10 and older; $5 for ages 5 to 9; free for ages 4 and younger

MORE: For more information, call Shelley Nichols-Franklin at 304-279-9009.

Adaira Barrow

17, of Summit Point, W.Va.

Parents: Patricia and Ronald Boyce

Education: Senior at Washington High School

Talent: Cheer dance

Platform: Teen smoking and tobacco use prevention

Ashley Brooke Breeden

21, of Summit Point, W.Va.

Parents: Ann and Blair Breeden

Education: Student at Shepherd University

Talent: Performing on violin

Platform: Helping to provide food and clothing to the needy

Melissa Godwin

22, of Summit Point, W.Va.

Parents: Chris and Sharon Godwin

Education: Student at Shepherd University

Talent: Singing "Se Tu M'ami"

Platform: Mentoring to prevent students from dropping out of high school

Amber Miller

22, of Hedgesville, W.Va.

Parents: William R. and Angela D. Miller

Education: Graduate student at West Virginia University

Talent: Hip-hop dance

Platform: Mentoring

Tetyana Portyanko

22, of Martinsburg, W.Va.

Parents: Hennadiy Portyanko

Education: Graduate of Shepherd University

Talent: Piano

Platform: Community service

Maggie Power

18, of Martinsburg, W.Va.

Parents: William and Susan Power

Education: Attending West Virginia University

Talent: Jazz dance

Platform: Reduce, reuse and recycle

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