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2009 Miss Maryland contestants

June 21, 2009

Twenty women will compete for the title of Miss Maryland, and a chance to become Miss America, starting Wednesday night.

The four nights of competition, including Friday night's Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen Competition, which will be held at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. The teen contest features 21 contestants.

More than $85,900 in scholarships are up for grabs in the Miss competition. The teen pageant offers $1,075 in scholarships and more than $3,225 in in-kind awards, according to pageant information.

For the Miss Maryland competition, the off-stage interview accounts for 25 percent of the score and the onstage question counts for 5 percent, according to Courtney Thomas with the Miss Maryland Organization. Talent accounts for 35 percent, evening wear for 20 percent and lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit for 15 percent.

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The new Miss Maryland will be crowned at the end of the finals competition Saturday night.

For photos and more information about Miss Maryland, visit www.missmdinfo.org

Miss Allegany County



Name: Casandra Tressler

Talent: Dance

Platform: Integration and acceptance of individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities

Miss Appalachia



Name: Lauren Kozlosky

Talent: Lyrical dance

Platform: Healthy lifestyles for youths

Miss Baltimore County



Name: Crystal Thomas

Talent: Pop vocal

Platform: Special opportunities for children with special needs

Miss Black-Eyed Susan



Name: Kristen Rivas

Talent: Lyrical dance

Platform: Arts in education

Miss Charles County



Name: Victory Mohamed

Talent: Indian cultural dance

Platform: Empowerment of youth

Miss Charm of the Chesapeake



Name: Candice Ward

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Huntington's disease awareness

Miss Cumberland



Name: Nicki Bailey

Talent: Tap dance

Platform: Raising awareness against domestic violence

Miss Deep Creek Lake



Name: Lindsay Karroll

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Building self-esteem by helping others

Miss Free State



Name: Jade Kenny

Talent: Ballet/jazz

Platform: The Rainbow Organization, a grief support charity for children

Miss Frostburg Dance



Name: Jenna Smith

Talent: Dramatic monologue

Platform: Promoting abstinence

Miss Frostburg State University



Name: Alexandra Cozart

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Arts advocacy

Miss Greater Baltimore



Name: Lindsay Staniszewski

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Dove self-esteem fund

Miss Historic Maryland



Name: Rachel Harkins

Talent: Harp

Platform: Project re-design: redesigning the definition of beauty

Miss Mason Dixon



Name: Victoria Hume

Talent: Instrumental performance

Platform: Breast cancer awareness

Miss Montgomery County



Name: Jessica Bermudez

Talent: Piano

Platform: Project Lead the Way: Inspiring Future Leaders in Technology

Miss Potomac



Name: Amanda Fernandez

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Encouraging extracurricular activities

Miss University City



Name: Brooke Poklemba

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Autism awareness, importance of early intervention

Miss Urbana



Name: Jenna Knopsnyder

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Preventing school bullying and violence

Miss Washington County



Name: Whitney Colombo

Talent: Jazz dance

Platform: Physical fitness in youth

Miss Western Maryland



Name: Mary King

Talent: Dance

Platform: aKa: Active Kids Achieve

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