Fire prevention queen Contest: A senior at St. Michaels High School is crowned this year's Miss Maryland Fire Chief after winning a pageant of eight contestants, four of them from Carroll County.

November 26, 1996|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Teri Bildstein, Miss St. Michaels Fire Prevention Queen, won the Maryland Fire Chiefs' Association annual queen contest Sunday at the group's fall conference at the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department.

First runner-up was Kristi Wilson, 17, Miss Winfield. Second runner-up was Beth Bauerlein, 17, Miss Hampstead.

Contestants were required to represent a volunteer fire company and be between 16 and 24 years old.

The eight contestants, four from Carroll County, were interviewed individually by three judges, then appeared before the members of the Maryland Fire Chiefs' Association and its Ladies Auxiliary.

Each contestant then told what fire prevention meant to her and answered a fire prevention question.

Bildstein, a senior at St. Michaels High School, was chosen Miss St. Michaels Fire Prevention Queen in August. She wants to do fire prevention work with children.

She was crowned by the outgoing Miss Maryland Fire Chief, Melissa Wean of Winfield.

Wilson, a 1996 graduate of South Carroll High School, is an emergency medical technician and firefighter at Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department. She is a freshman at the University of Maryland Baltimore County studying biology.

Bauerlein is a senior at North Carroll High School. As Miss Hampstead, she was first runner-up in the Miss Carroll County Fire Prevention Queen contest this fall.

Other contestants were: Kim Maurer, Miss Lineboro; Melissa Weishaar, Miss Gamber; Shermeen Shaw, Miss Herald Harbor; Loren Vincenti, Miss Level; and Christine Mayhew, Miss Clinton.

James Cross, newly elected president of the Maryland Fire Chiefs' Association, said the winner and the two runners-up would participate in fire prevention programs around the state.

"There's so much to do," he said. "Basically, their job is to get the word out on fire prevention to their community and beyond."

The young women are free to create their own itineraries for fire prevention programs, he said, such as talking at schools and civic groups, in addition to association programs.

Pub Date: 11/26/96

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