Paige Dutrow crowned Miss Washington County

February 16, 2013|By ALICIA NOTARIANNI |
  • Paige Dutrow, 18, of Boonsboro, won the title of Miss Washington County.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

A newcomer burst onto the scholarship pageant scene Saturday night at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Center.

Sporting a coral leotard and a smile, Paige Dutrow, 18, of Boonsboro, wowed the audience and the judges, baton twirling to Escala’s “Requiem for a Tower.”

The freshman mathematics education major at the University of Maryland Baltimore County won the title of Miss Washington County at the 2013 Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Pageant. Her parents are Greg and Diane Dutrow.

“This is my first time doing a pageant like this. It’s incredible,” Dutrow said. “I have met so many wonderful girls. I am so thankful to have this opportunity to represent my county.”

Dutrow’s platform was “Education Beyond the Classroom.”

Taking the title of Miss Western Maryland was Christina Marie Denny, 22, of Owings Mills, Md. Denny, daughter of Sheryl Denny and a graduate of University of Maryland College Park, performed a vocal rendition of “For Good” from the musical “Wicked.”

Wearing a champagne-colored gown that she described as “beaded from head to toe,” Denny said she was eager to get her platform of “Special Deeds for Special Needs” out into the community.

“I’m focusing on three A’s — awareness, advocacy and action,” Denny said.

Dutrow and Denny will advance to the state competition in June. The winner there will compete for the Miss America title.

Mary Teal Mulligan, 19, of Williamsport, was first-runner-up for Miss Western Maryland. Lindsay Kaye Hanna, 23, of Frostburg, Md., was first-runner-up for Miss Washington County.

“Explore, Dream, Discover” was the theme of the event. Miss Maryland 2012 Joanna Guy co-emceed with Pieter Bickford.

Winners were judged on five phases of competition — private interview with the judges panel, onstage talent, physical fitness, event wear and onstage question. To be eligible for the competition, contestants were required to live, work or attend school full time in the state of Maryland and be 17 to 24 years old.

Taylor Ammons, 14, of Hagerstown, was appointed Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen. Rebecca Block, 13, of Boyds, Md., was appointed Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen.

The two Miss winners received $2,000 scholarships. The first runners-up received $600 scholarships. Every Miss contestant received at least $100 in scholarship money.

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