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Two to move on to Miss W.Va.

February 21, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Two Eastern Panhandle women will advance to the Miss West Virginia competition after winning local titles Saturday night.

Amber Miller, 22, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was crowned Miss Berkeley County, and Maggie Power, 18, of Martinsburg, was crowned Miss North Eastern.

Miller, the reigning Miss North Eastern, and Power each received a $700 scholarship and will compete in the state pageant in June, said Shelley Nichols-Franklin, executive director of the local pageant.

The win puts Miller and Power closer to nabbing the big crown -- Miss America. Should either win Miss West Virginia, she will represent the state at the next Miss America pageant.

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Miller is a graduate student at West Virginia University and is the daughter of William R. and Angela D. Miller.

Power attends West Virginia University and is the daughter of William and Susan Power.

Six contestants were scored on a private interview, an on-stage interview, talent performance, and appearance in evening wear and swimwear.

Melissa Godwin, 22, of Summit Point, W.Va., was first runner-up and received $200. Godwin, a student at Shepherd University, was the reigning Miss Shenandoah Valley

Ashley Breeden, 21, of Summit Point, won the Spirit Award. She is a student at Shepherd University.

The Miss Berkeley County and Miss North Eastern scholarship pageants were held concurrently at the Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg.

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