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Miss Maryland pageant contestants sign in at annual kickoff

June 17, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com
  • Miss Smithsburg Lindsay Karroll joins other tiara-clad contestants Sunday at the Miss Maryland pageant kickoff event at Valley Mall.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HALFWAY — Contestants for this year’s Miss Maryland pageant checked in Sunday at Valley Mall, a ceremonial kickoff to the annual competition.

Master of ceremonies Thomas B. Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, read aloud the name of each contestant, the local pageant she won, what her pageant platform is and what talent she will display.

The women stepped up to the makeshift stage at the mall’s food court, signed their names on a map of the state and introduced themselves to the crowd.

The 24 contestants will vie in the coming days for the right to be the next Miss Maryland, succeeding Carlie Colella of Hagerstown, who represented the state in the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

Two Washington County residents are in the running this year — Miss Washington County Mary Teal Mulligan of Williamsport and Miss Smithsburg Lindsay Karroll of Smithsburg.

The next winner will be chosen Saturday at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

On Sunday, Colella was at the mall, too, to help welcome the current contestants. They were joined by competitors in the Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen Pageant.

Colella and the current Miss Maryland contestants also helped recognize a group of children in the Prince & Princesses mentoring program.

There were 40 girls and five boys in the program this year, said Courtney Thomas-Winterberg, business manager for the Miss Maryland Pageant.

On stage, the young princesses received their sashes and princes received a medal.

Hagerstown City Councilman William M. Breichner welcomed the contestants and their families to Hagerstown and encouraged them to enjoy local amenities while they’re in town.

In their comments to the crowd at the food court, several Miss Maryland contestants noted that Sunday was Father’s Day.

Miss Greater Baltimore Brittinay Nicolette told her father that she loved him.

Miss Mountain City Mae Alexander said her father couldn’t be at the mall for the signing in, but congratulated him on retiring from the U.S. Army after 23 years. She said she was proud to be his daughter.

Parents and grandparents in attendance showed their pride in return by cheering for and taking lots of pictures of the contestants while they were on stage.

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