UM student crowned Miss Carroll County

April 11, 1995|By Heather Reese | Heather Reese,Contributing Writer

Heather Hull, a 1993 graduate of Westminster High School, was crowned Miss Carroll County 1995 on Sunday afternoon at the Longwell Municipal Center.

Miss Hull, who attends the University of Maryland College Park, will represent the county at the Miss Maryland Pageant June 25 in Hagerstown.

"It's exciting and nerve-racking. I'm more nervous now than when I started because I know what's ahead," said the 19-year-old agriculture and journalism major.

The pageant, which was hastily organized about three weeks ago, had four contestants ages 17 to 21. Contestants had to work, live or attend school in Carroll County.

First runner-up was Melissa Goodman, a 21-year-old elementary education major at Catonsville Community College. The other contestants were Rebecca Riegert, a 17-year-old Westminster High School student who would like to be a neonatal nurse, and North Carroll student Laura Towner, a 17-year-old who plans to ++ pursue a degree in dental hygiene.

The contestants competed in four events: an interview, which counted for 30 percent of their score; a talent competition, which counted 40 percent; and evening gown and swimsuit categories, each worth 15 percent. The judges were looking for a contestant who was well-spoken, poised, dynamic, physically fit and demonstrated an interest and knowledge of current events, said Pageant Director Ann Marie Ciara, who was named Mrs. Maryland International 1994.

Miss Hull, who attended a preliminary pageant in February, said she was prepared for the Miss Carroll County event. But, she said, she has some work ahead of her in getting ready for the Miss Maryland competition.

"I'll concentrate on the areas of the competition. For the swimsuit, I'll have to tone up, and for the interview I'll practice answering questions, research topics and keep up with current events," she said.

Miss Hull, who sang "You Are My World" in the county pageant, said she also will hone her talent every day.

In the interview portion of the competition, Miss Hull said she would like a career in agriculture because she grew up on a dairy farm near Westminster. She chose agriculture because, "Farmers feed the world."

The 1995 Miss Carroll County was crowned by her predecessor, Sarah Greensfelder, who provided the entertainment by singing "On My Own" from "Les Miserables" and an impromptu rendition of Barbra Streisand's "Don't Rain on My Parade."

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