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Westminster woman crowned Miss Maryland

June 27, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Miss Universal City Brooke Poklemba was crowned the new Miss Maryland on Saturday at the 2009 Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant at The Maryland Theatre.

Miss Outstanding Teen Greater Baltimore Stephanie Meadowcroft of Bel Air was named Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen.

As the new Miss Maryland, Poklemba, of Westminster, will receive a $10,000 scholarship and other gifts. She also will represent the state at the upcoming Miss America pageant.

Poklemba's platform was "Autism Awareness: The Importance of Early Intervention."

Miss Maryland 2008 Louise Schlegel graciously handed over the crown.

"Congratulations, and welcome to the Miss Maryland family," Schlegel said in her final speech.

Other title winners Saturday were:

o First runner-up -- Miss Western Maryland Mary King of Hagerstown, who received a $4,000 scholarship.

o Second runner-up -- Miss Greater Baltimore Lindsay Staniszewski of Waldorf, who received a $3,000 scholarship.

o Third runner-up -- Miss Baltimore County Crystal Thomas of Baltimore, who received a $2,000 scholarship.

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o Fourth runner-up -- Miss Montgomery County Jessica Bermudez of Germantown, who received a $1,500 scholarship.

Scholarships also were awarded to the semifinalists and nonfinalist contestants.

Miss Washington County Whitney Colombo of Hagerstown was a top 10 finisher, earning a $1,000 prize.

Colombo's sister, Audreanna, was the third runner-up in the Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen competition.

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