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Middletown High graduate crowned Miss Smithsburg

March 24, 2013
  • Emily Gallagher, top left, of Middletown, Md., was crowned Miss Smithsburg Saturday. Boonsboro High School senior Megan Kiley, top right, was crowned Miss South Mountain. Leah Ellis, 14, lower left, of Smithsburg was named Miss Smithsburg Outstanding Teen. Brynn Dao, 14, also of Smithsburg, lower right, was named Miss South Mountain Outstanding Teen.
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Emily Gallagher of Middletown, Md., was crowned Miss Smithsburg before a crowd of approximately 250 people Saturday night during the Miss Smithsburg/Miss South Mountain Scholarship Pageant at Smithsburg High School.

“I’m so excited. Words cannot describe right now,” Gallagher said Sunday afternoon.

She said she got a little sleep Saturday night, but was still in “a bit of a shock.”

The 19-year-old, a graduate of Middletown High School, is a sophomore at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. She performed a contemporary dance to “Angel” and her platform is Alzheimer’s awareness.

She is the daughter of William and Cheryl Gallagher.

Boonsboro High School senior Megan Kiley was crowned Miss South Mountain.

“I’m very excited to get to represent my community, to represent my area,” said Kiley, 17.

Kiley said she also was excited to spend more time with Brynn Dao, who was named Miss South Mountain Outstanding Teen. The two were roommates last year during the Miss Maryland pageant, when Kiley was Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen and Dao was Miss Smithsburg Outstanding Teen, Kiley said.

The Boonsboro resident, who is the daughter of Bob and Cindy Kiley, also takes classes at Hagerstown Community College. She performed a lyrical dance to “Colorblind” while wearing a sheer blindfold.

Each Miss winner will receive $1,000 in educational scholarships.

Kiley also won a $250 quality-of-life scholarship based on her involvement with the Wounded Warrior Project, which is her platform.

Kiley said she chose the Wounded Warrior Project because a close friend came back from Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress and received free therapy and medical treatment through the project.

“The old him is starting to come back out,” Kiley said.

First runner-up for Miss Smithsburg was Loney Nguyen of Baltimore. She is a senior at Coppin State University.

First-runner up for Miss South Mountain was Ebony Rose Sherrill of Waldorf, Md. She is a junior at Stevenson University.

Each first runner-up for the Miss titles will receive a $150 scholarship.

In the teen division, Leah Ellis was named Miss Smithsburg Outstanding Teen.

Ellis, 14, of Smithsburg, is the daughter of Sheryl and Charles Ellis, and is a freshman at Smithsburg High School.

Dao, 14, of Smithsburg, is the daughter of Christopher and Kara Dao, and is a freshman at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in downtown Hagerstown.

Each of the teen winners will receive a $500 scholarship.

The new titleholders 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.

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— Julie E. Greene

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