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All decked out for a scholarly cause

March 29, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

HAGERSTOWN -- Anna Doleman planned to overcome a case of nerves with prayer Sunday before stepping out in a benefit fashion show.

The Hagerstown woman pulled a spaghetti-strapped dress and gray A-line skirt out of her closet for the event benefiting the Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship fund.

She surveyed the room Sunday prior to the accompanying banquet and offered an assessment on the scholarships, which have benefited Washington County students for 23 years.

"I think it's for a good cause because it brings the community back together," Doleman said.

Ten to 15 applications are submitted by high-schoolers each year, according to Annette Conyers, who serves on the scholarship committee.

"From the funds generated, in the name of Martin Luther King Jr., we try to give at least $500 increments," Conyers said.

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The banquet and fashion show held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on West North Avenue served as a major fundraiser for 2009, Conyers said. Banquets typically feature various entertainment, such as speakers, community groups or this year's fashion show, she said.

Kimberly "KC" Campbell has been training with Barbizon Modeling, learning how to carry herself, use proper hygiene and relate to people in public. Her interest in fashion started at a young age.

"I'd play around and walk around in heels," she said.

Campbell, a 15-year-old from North Hagerstown High School, strutted in a jean skirt and white shirt for the "casual" half of the fashion show. A black dress she wore to homecoming served as her selection for the formal portion.

Kiona Mency, 13, showed off a white pantsuit during the formal portion. Although it was her first time modeling, the eighth-grader at Western Heights Middle School wasn't too nervous.

Her style is typically laid-back.

"I normally wear skinny jeans or bell-bottoms, and Converse shoes," Mency said.

Aysha Smith, 19, wore a red dress from her high school prom. She's now a student at Hagerstown Community College.

"I'm supposed to be modeling for a formal dance, so it's good practice," she said.

Last year's scholarship recipients were Isaiah Mosley, Sherell Lake, Eric Campbell and Shakira Doleman.

"It's not so much financial situation, but we do ask about that. We want to help out our neediest," Conyers said.

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