Goucher student named Miss Carroll County

February 07, 1994|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

A 20-year-old Goucher College student from Baltimore was crowned Miss Carroll County 1994 Saturday night in the local competition that could send her to the Miss America pageant next fall.

Sarah Greensfelder was victorious over nine other contestants in the four areas of competition to take the title, a $250 college scholarship and a scholarship to Talent Express dance studio in Eldersburg.

The event, which is open to contestants from within a 50-mile radius of Carroll County, drew only two Carroll County entrants this year. A third county contestant had to drop out because she was involved in another contest last week.

Miss Greensfelder, who was first runner-up in the 1993 Miss Carroll County pageant, posted winning scores in the four categories, which included swimsuit and talent. In the talent competition, Miss Greensfelder sang "On My Own," a song of romance based on famous literary love stories.

When her name was announced as the new Miss Carroll County, Miss Greensfelder burst into tears, and it was several minutes before Stacy Lee Smith, 23, of Westminster, the 1993 Miss Carroll County, could pin the rhinestone tiara on the winner.

"I was shocked," Miss Greensfelder repeated over and over to her family and friends, who immediately surrounded her with hugs and gave their congratulations.

Although she hails from Baltimore, Miss Greensfelder said she plans to work with Terrie England, executive director of the Miss Carroll County Scholarship Foundation, to take part in volunteer projects in Carroll.

She has another reason for coming to Carroll: her father, Charles Greensfelder, lives in Westminster. Her mother and stepfather, Mary and Gordon Adams, live in Baltimore.

Majoring in communications and elementary education, Miss Greensfelder said she dreams of having her own talk show and of continuing her community service activities.

In July, she earned the Young American Medal for Service from President Clinton at the White House.

In June, Miss Greensfelder will go to Hagerstown for the Miss Maryland competition.

If she wins there, she would go on to this year's Miss America pageant.

The first runner-up in Saturday's competition was Jennifer Rzepiennik, a 20-year-old junior at Loyola College in Baltimore. She received a $100 scholarship.

The second runner-up was Stacey Lyn Smith, 18, from Queenstown, Queen Anne's County, who is not related to last year's Miss Carroll County. She was awarded a $75 scholarship.

Stacy Lee Smith, Miss Carroll County 1993, meanwhile, still will go to the Miss Maryland pageant as the reigning Miss BWI (Airport). Last year, as Miss Carroll County, she made the top 10 and was first runner-up for the Quality of Life Award for her community service.

The Miss America pageant's focus has changed over the years, local pageant officials said.

"Most people think of Miss America as a beauty contest, but it's a scholarship program," Mrs. England said.

The competition consists of four phases: an interview with the judges, which counts for 30 percent; the swimsuit competition, counting for 15 percent; talent, worth 40 percent; and evening gown, for the final 15 percent.

Girls who are interested in entering the contest must write a 500-word essay on a proposed community service project as part of their application.

For the second consecutive year, the Miss Carroll County pageant had to be rescheduled because of inclement weather. Originally it was to have been held Jan. 29.

Normally held at Liberty High School, the pageant was moved to the Guest Quarters Suite Hotel in Linthicum, because Mrs. England couldn't find another county location on such short notice.

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