The winners will represent the four-county area in the annual Miss Maryland Scholarship competition and the Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen competition at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown in June.
In order to compete for the Western Maryland titles, a contestant must live, work or attend school in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, or Frederick counties.
In order to compete for the Washington County titles, a contestant must have been a Washington County resident for the past six months.
The five areas of competition are interview, eveningwear, physical fitness in swimsuit for Miss, physical fitness in sportswear for teens, on-stage question and talent.
There is no entrance fee for the Miss pageants and a nominal fee for teens.
The Miss competition is for women ages 17 to 24 and at least a high school senior. The teen competition is for those 13 to 17, but not a high school senior.
All interested contestants will be required to attend an orientation Saturday, Jan. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel near Valley Mall. Parents are welcome to attend. Professional photos will be taken at 8:30 a.m.
The competition is part of the Miss America Scholarship Program and Miss America Outstanding Teen Program, which is the largest source of scholarships for young women in the world, last year awarding more than $45 million on the local, state and national levels.
Those interested in either competitions are urged to contact Barbara Carson at 301-733-6340, Denise Apple at 304274-2346 or Sandy Miller at 301-791-5974 as soon as possible for more information and to register for orientation.
Lions Club to meet Tuesday
Tuesday - "Things You Don't Know About Christmas" will be presented by the Hagerstown Lions Club's Lutheran clergy members.
Arrive early for the seasonal eggnog social period.
Winter concert at South High
The South Hagerstown High School Band will perform its annual winter concert Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the South High auditorium, weather permitting.
The concert is open to the public and free of charge.
Winter Princess Party planned at HCC Jan. 16
The Washington County Recreation Department will hold a Royal Princess Party at Hagerstown Community College's ARCC on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Tickets cost $5. Those younger than 3 will be admitted free. No tickets will be sold at the door. Registration is required.
Dress in your fanciest, princess/fairy attire. Light refreshments will be available. Bring a camera. Games and contests will be included. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration forms are available at www.washco-md.net.
For more information, call 240-313-2805.
Girls softball league to hold registration
The Washington County Girls Softball League will hold registration Saturdays Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dick's Sporting Goods. Registration will also be held at Extra Innings on Friday, Feb. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Registration costs $40 and there will be a fundraising fee of $40 for raffle tickets to sell. All fees must be paid at the time of registration.
For more information, go to firstname.lastname@example.org/wcgsl or call Steve at 301-223-9078.
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