Mary Teal Mulligan of Williamsport wins Miss Washington County title

Grace Herpel crowned Miss Western Maryland

Megan Kiley, Sara Farmer win Outstanding Teen titles at pageant

February 18, 2012|By ALICIA NOTARIANNI |
  • Miss Western Maryland 2012 Grace Herpel left, and Miss Washington County 2012 Mary Teal Mulligan right Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Mary Teal Mulligan looked the picture of poise, all smiles and elegance in her teal sequined gown and shimmering crown.

But she said she was feeling a little shaky.

After the curtain had gone down Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre, Mulligan stood on stage trying to take in her new title of Miss Washington County 2012.

The 18-year-old Williamsport resident captured the local crown before a crowd of more than 600 people during the Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Pageant 2012.

"I'm so excited. I can't believe I get to walk in the footsteps of so many of my role models," Mulligan said.

Mulligan specifically mentioned Mary King, who was Miss Western Maryland 2009 and Miss Washington County 2010. Mulligan said King was instrumental in her development as a tap dancer and became a personal mentor and friend.

This year, King emceed the pageant along with Pieter Bickford of WHAG-TV.

Mulligan danced to "Mess Around" in the talent phase of the competition. She is a freshman at Hagerstown Community College and is the daughter of Bryan and Teri Mulligan.

Mulligan was Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen 2010.

Also crowned at the pageant was the new Miss Western Maryland, Grace Herpel.

Herpel, 20, of Accident, Md., is a junior at Frostburg State University. She is the daughter of Jerry and Betsy Herpel. She performed a jazz dance to "The Way You Make Me Feel."

Both winners will receive $2,000 in educational scholarships as well as gifts from area businesses.

First runner-up for Miss Washington County was Taylor Lokey, 17, of Frederick, Md. Lokey is a senior at Urbana High School and is the daughter of Scott and Delores Lokey.

Barbara Carson, president of the Miss Washington County and Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Foundation board of directors, said the Miss Washington County title was opened to competitors from Washington and Frederick counties in order to meet Miss America requirements of having at least four contestants for each title.

First runner-up for Miss Western Maryland was Victoria Hume, 22, of Keedysville. A graduate of Frostburg State University, Hume is the daughter of Ray Hume and Anna Kraft.

In the teen division, Megan Kiley was named Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen and Sara Farmer won the title of Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen.

Megan, 16, is the daughter of Bob and Cindy Kiley and is a junior at Boonsboro High School.

Sara, 14, is the daughter of Gregory and Amy Farmer and is a freshman at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

First runner-up for both Miss titles will receive a $600 scholarship. Teen winners will receive a savings bond.

Contestants for all titles competed in five phases of competition — a private interview with the judges panel, and on stage for talent, evening wear, physical fitness and on-stage question. Miss contestants competed in physical fitness in swimwear, while teen contestants appeared in sportswear.

The new title holders will advance to the Miss Maryland Pageant at The Maryland Theatre in June. The Miss Maryland winner will go on to the Miss America pageant.

The evening's theme was "A Black Tie Affair."

Carson said Mulligan was the 50th person to receive the local Miss title.

This year is the 66th year of the local competition, as some years events were not held. The foundation hosted a reception Saturday honoring contestants throughout the years. Nearly 20 past title holders appeared on stage during the pageant to celebrate the 50th crowning.

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