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Hagerstown resident Carlie Colella crowned Miss Maryland 2011

June 25, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com
  • Carlie Collella waves to the crowd after being crowned Miss Maryland 2011 Saturday night at the Maryland Theatre.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Carlie Colella of Hagerstown will represent Maryland in the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

Colella, Miss Central Maryland, received the crown Saturday in the 2011 Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant at The Maryland Theatre.

"I feel amazing," she said.

The thought that her name would be the last called, the name bearing the title of Miss Maryland, never crossed her mind, she said.

On stage with many veteran competitors, she admitted that this was her first state pageant, she said.

Colella credited Miss Maryland 2010 Lindsay Staniszewski for inspiring her to compete.

"I did not place at my first local competition," she said. "Lindsay encouraged me and said I was needed on the stage."

Watching her daughter being crowned Saturday night left Linda Colella stunned, she said.

"I was just speechless," she said.

Going into the competition, her advice to her daughter was just to have fun and, regardless of the outcome, enjoy herself.

As the new Miss Maryland, Colella will receive a $10,000 scholarship and other gifts.  

She will compete in the national competition in January in Las Vegas, said Sherry Rush, executive director of Miss Maryland.

Despite the overwhelming experience of being crowned, Colella said she plans to remain focused on her platform, "Empowerment of Women: Creating an Equal Opportunity for Success," and work toward January.

In the Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen competition, Ally Soule, Miss Frederick Outstanding Teen, was crowned Saturday.

With her title, Ally received a $500 scholarship and other gifts.

She will represent the state in the national competition in Orlando, Fla.

Other winners Saturday in the Miss Maryland Competition were:

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  • First runner-up — Miss Montgomery County Jessica Bermudez, who received a $4,000 scholarship
  • Second runner-up — Miss Mason Dixon Stephanie Kelman, who received a $3,000 scholarship
  • Third runner-up — Miss University City Danna Thomas, who received a $2,000 scholarship
  • Fourth runner-up — Miss Western Maryland Hannah Mollerick, who received a $1,500 scholarship.


Other winners Saturday in the Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen competition were:

  •  First runner-up — Miss Urbana Outstanding Teen Monique Sparks
  •  Second runner-up — Miss Appalachia Outstanding Teen Hannah Brewer
  •  Third runner-up — Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen Faith Mohamed
  •  Fourth runner-up — Miss Montgomery County Outstanding Teen Gabrielle Agnew


Each contestant for both titles competed in talent, swimwear — sportswear for the teens — and evening wear.

"Who's gonna be Miss Maryland?" Susan Powell, mistress of ceremonies and Miss America 1981, asked the crowd early in the evening.

The response was a roar of names from the nearly packed house at The Maryland Theatre.

Top 10 contestants

The following contestants were named to the top 10 in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

Local candidates are denoted by an asterisk.

  • * Miss Central Maryland Carlie Colella of Hagerstown
  • Miss Montgomery County Jessica Bermudez of Germantown, Md.
  • Miss Frederick Lauren Nicole Kozlosky of Frederick, Md.
  • Miss Urbana Azah Awasum of Germantown, Md.
  • Miss Mason Dixon Stephanie Kelman of Frederick
  • Miss Allegany County Victory Mohamed of Baltimore
  • Miss University City Danna Thomas of Annapolis
  • * Miss Western Maryland Hannah Mollerick of Jessup, Md.
  • Miss Appalachia Alyssa Dawn Todaro of South Greensburg, Pa.
  • Miss North Bay Jade Kenny of Madison, Md.


The following contestants were named to the top 10 in the Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen Competition.
  • Miss Middletown Outstanding Teen Angela Thomas
  • Miss Montgomery County Outstanding Teen Gabrielle Victoria Agnew of Bowie, Md.
  • Miss North Bay Outstanding Teen Kaitlin Hendry of Severna Park, Md.
  • Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen Maryland Faith Mohamed
  • Miss Central Maryland Outstanding Teen Maryland Taylor Michelle Lokey of Frederick, Md.
  • Miss Appalachia Outstanding Teen Hannah Brewer of Manchester, Md.
  • Miss Frederick Outstanding Teen Ally Soule
  • Miss Historic Maryland Outstanding Teen Sara Zeng
  • Miss University City Outstanding Teen Stevee Royce
  • Miss Urbana Outstanding Teen Monique Sparks
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