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By MARIE GILBERT | August 20, 2010
Dinner is eaten on the run. Television and movies celebrate rude behavior. E-mail and text messaging have eroded the art of conversation. Social graces seem to be disappearing. But if you walked into a meeting room at Hagerstown Presbyterian Church recently, you might have been pleasantly surprised. Here, a small group of young women has been leading a charmed life. They have learned about good posture, how to set a dinner table and the importance of saying "please" and "thank you. " This isn't exactly etiquette boot camp, but one message has been drilled home -- first impressions are lasting impressions.
LIFESTYLE
May 27, 2011
Three local women were recently recognized by Church Women United in Washington County. Debra Banks of New Joys Fellowship, Meloney Smith of Zion Baptist Church, Lara Shepherd of First Christian Church, received the Outstanding Young Church Women award. The award recognizes the valuable contribution young women are making in their local congregations, schools, community and business.   Nominated by their congregation for this award, Banks, Shepherd and Smith join the 26 other young women recognized since 2002.
NEWS
January 22, 2004
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Five young women will compete for a crown, scholarships and other prizes at the Miss Berkeley County pageant at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St. Each contestant, young women from Martinsburg, Charles Town, and Glengary, W.Va., will showcase a talent during competition. The winner will receive the crown, scholarship money, flowers, gift certificates and a place in the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant later in the year, which is preliminary to the nationally televised Miss America pageant.
NEWS
By MARIE GILBERT | December 7, 2007
BOONSBORO - The Colorado sky was a blinding blue on this particular summer day. And standing atop a mountain looking down on a view that she could only describe as "breathtaking," the 20-year-old confessed to having a life-changing experience. Gone was the low self-esteem and the fear of failing. Instead, she saw a future overflowing with potential. "I felt a sense of peace," the young woman said. "I knew I could trust myself to handle any challenge that was ahead of me. " It was the opportunity to "do something different, something exciting," that drew nine residents of San Mar Children's Home to participate in Adventure Experience Inc., a program designed to challenge individuals physically, emotionally and spiritually through a variety of outdoor trials.
NEWS
by TIFFANY ARNOLD | February 15, 2007
Fifteen young women will go after the Miss Washington County and Miss Western Maryland pageant titles Saturday night at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater. And four teens will vie for the title of Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen 2007 Pageant director Barbara W. Carson said the featured guest will be the reigning Miss Maryland, Brittany Lietz, and the winner of each title will advance to the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant in June. Here are this year's Miss Washington County and Miss Western Maryland contestants (in alphabetical order)
NEWS
July 9, 2002
Eight young women were crowned Honor Stars recently at Bethel Assembly of God in Hagerstown. As part of the Missionettes' ministry, these young women completed a three-year Stars program consisting of 27 badges, nine honor star steps, scripture memorization and reading the entire New Testament. They are, from left, Emily Tritsch, Rachael Toms, Jaime Young, Hayley Bond, Cayla Broadwater, Amy Taylor, Malea Snyder and Alyssa Beattie.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2012
The fifth annual Miss Appalachia competition is Saturday, Jan. 19. Young women ages 13 to 17 may enter the Outstanding Teen competition, and those ages 18 to 23 may enter the Miss competition. There is also a sign-up for girls ages 3 to 9 for the Princess program, and 9 to 12 for the Preteen program. The Princess program is a mentoring program only. The winners will compete for the title of Miss Maryland in June in Hagerstown. Deadline to enter the Miss Appalachia competition is Sunday, Dec. 30. The winners will  serve as a role model for young women and  as an ambassador for The Miss America Organization.
LIFESTYLE
February 2, 2012
On Dec. 28, four young Washington County women were presented at the annual Assembly Club of Hagerstown Ball at Fountain Head Country Club. The ball preserves an early Southern tradition, one introduced at the Assembly Club of Hagerstown in 1930. Abigail Lindsay Urner and escorts Todd Hart Hershey of Keedysville and Wyatt Reeder of Hagerstown led the couples in a circular promenade before more than 200 onlookers. Courtney Marie Peterson was escorted by James K. Peterson of Sharpsburg and Elias Nicholas Orfan of Hagerstown.
NEWS
August 3, 2006
The Lions Club of Halfway celebrated its annual education night recently. The Lions are one of the official scholarship sponsors for the Miss Washington County-Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Foundation, which is committed to giving scholarship assistance to young women ages 18 to 24. The Rev. Jan Dorsey introduced Miss Washington County Carrie Shank and Miss Western Maryland Autumn Smith. Both young women spoke briefly regarding their platforms. Western Maryland's Outstanding Teen, Lindsay Hanna, was introduced by pageant Executive Director Barbara Carson.
LIFESTYLE
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | February 10, 2012
In the more than 20 years Barbara Carson has been with the Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Pageant, she has seen her share of changes. Most noticeably, the dwindling numbers of young women as contestants. "There are so many things out there for young women to do and different ways to get scholarship money," said Carson, president of the organization. "They're choosing other avenues. " Yet scholarship money continues to be one of the biggest draws to participate in the scholarship pageant.
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NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 10, 2013
Studying everything from flight to sound and vision to chemistry, five young girls have been learning about a wide range of topics during Amazing Science Week camp at the Discovery Station in Hagerstown. As they studied the environment on Friday, the girls took turns shaking two bottles taped together that contained liquid to simulate a tornado. “I've loved how we get to experiment on things,” said Kylee McKenrick, 10, of Hagerstown. Kylee, who is entering the fifth grade later this month, said she has learned a lot about how the eye and the ear work, including that cones allow humans to see color, and what can happen when water gets into the ear.  Sydney Lee, 10, of Rockville, Md., who spent the week in the area with her grandmother, also attended the camp, noting that what she learned about chemistry got her attention.
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LIFESTYLE
By AMY DULEBOHN | amyc@herald-mail.com | June 15, 2013
Sisters Whitney and Audreanna Colombo share a common dream: to be crowned Miss Maryland.  Whitney, 23, who is Miss Urbana, will compete for the fourth and final time this weekend for the state title, which is part of the Miss America Organization.  Audreanna, 19, Miss Queen State, is competing for Miss Maryland for the first time.  “I told (Audreanna), 'I'm winning this year,' and then I'll crown her next year since this is my last year,” Whitney said during an interview in the sun room of their home near Hagerstown.  But one thing is for sure, no matter the outcome of the pageant, which is being held this week in Hagerstown, the young women have each others' utmost support.  “I think the competitive nature among sisters is definitely different than it is among the rest of the contestants.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2013
1. Paintings and posies "Art in Bloom" features about 25 arrangements designed by garden clubs, students and organizations from across the region, in addition to works by two youth groups, that will interrupt art with flower arrangements. Event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Free. Go to www.wcmfa.org . 2. Dancing for a cause Dance Like No One is Watching event will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Women's Club ballroom, 31 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown.
OPINION
February 18, 2013
Plenty of people have chuckled into their bran muffins over the Miss America “scholarship” pageants, and I confess to perhaps - not often, but on occasion - parlaying the label into a cheap laugh or two. But it is amazing how your mind can be changed when you have the chance to actually meet these young women in person, and are given a free dinner and a couple of gift bags full of swag. This situation began a couple of months ago when I received a text asking me if I'd care to help judge the Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland pageant this month.
OPINION
February 8, 2013
Wilson College abandoned a 144-year commitment To the editor:  On Jan. 28, The Chronicle of Higher Education published a letter by Notre Dame of Maryland University President James F. Conneely in which he declares the continuing need for women's colleges. His position is in sharp contrast to the recent decision by the Wilson College Board of Trustees to abandon the 144-year commitment to women's education.  I was one of many alumnae who worked to encourage Wilson College to remain true to her mission of educating women.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2012
The fifth annual Miss Appalachia competition is Saturday, Jan. 19. Young women ages 13 to 17 may enter the Outstanding Teen competition, and those ages 18 to 23 may enter the Miss competition. There is also a sign-up for girls ages 3 to 9 for the Princess program, and 9 to 12 for the Preteen program. The Princess program is a mentoring program only. The winners will compete for the title of Miss Maryland in June in Hagerstown. Deadline to enter the Miss Appalachia competition is Sunday, Dec. 30. The winners will  serve as a role model for young women and  as an ambassador for The Miss America Organization.
LIFESTYLE
By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | May 12, 2012
The world opens up for high school graduates. Options abound - work, the military, college, marriage. But two local young women - Diane Draper of Williamsport and Jensen Roman of Falling Waters, W.Va. - took a less common path after school. They each wrote and published a novel. In getting their stories into print, Draper and Roman had to confront obstacles - friends' doubts, family expectations and the authors' own fears and insecurities, not to mention the challenge of sticking with the solitary work of writing for months and months.
LIFESTYLE
April 12, 2012
Six members and two staff members from Girls Inc. of Washington County traveled to New York City March 14 to attend the Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon. The luncheon is a gathering of nearly 1,000 business and community leaders committed to the Girls Inc. mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. The luncheon is an opportunity for Girls Inc. to recognize individuals who, by their work and example, are creating a better future for girls. The luncheon awards are presented by Girls Inc. scholars, who are outstanding young women who have demonstrated leadership in their communities and schools.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2012
In honor of national Women's History Month, a group of women of all ages came together Monday night to share stories of celebration and to remind younger generations that gender is never a limitation for achievement. Three successful women from the community spoke before a crowd of about 100 people during the second annual Circle of Sisters Celebration in the banquet room at Next Dimensions Dining and Catering near Funkstown. “The event is a way to bring the women of the community together to celebrate some of our achievements, some of the women who have inspired us to become leaders and also to model leadership behavior for a second generation,” said Shalom Black Lane, an organizer from the Washington County Commission for Women.
LIFESTYLE
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | February 10, 2012
In the more than 20 years Barbara Carson has been with the Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Pageant, she has seen her share of changes. Most noticeably, the dwindling numbers of young women as contestants. "There are so many things out there for young women to do and different ways to get scholarship money," said Carson, president of the organization. "They're choosing other avenues. " Yet scholarship money continues to be one of the biggest draws to participate in the scholarship pageant.
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