Miss Maryland may bone up on Waters' films

September 24, 2002|By Mike Morris | Mike Morris,SUN STAFF

Two days after receiving fourth runner-up honors at the annual Miss America pageant, you may find Miss Maryland Camille Lewis at a nearby video store.

The 23-year-old Silver Spring native will more than likely be renting local filmmaker John Waters' Hairspray, after missing a question about the movie's setting during a quiz show-style round of questioning Saturday night.

"I wouldn't mind seeing that," she said of the Baltimore-based '80s flick. "I'm very open to researching that movie."

Needless to say, she's not letting her lack of Maryland film trivia bother her. Lewis, the only Miss Maryland contestant to win both the preliminary eveningwear and talent portions of the program, says she was elated to make it to the top five.

"The quiz show really didn't impact my performance," she said amid unpacking her luggage after returning from Atlantic City late Monday. "A lot of the girls dreaded the quiz show. Nobody could really prepare for it."

Beginning next week, Lewis will start fulfilling her year of duties as Miss Maryland, which includes public appearances, motivational presentations and promoting her platform, "Encouraging Youth Involvement in the Arts."

An accomplished violinist, Lewis began playing the instrument at age 5, and later joined the D.C. Youth Orchestra. She dazzled Miss America judges with a performance of "Victory."

Lewis, who graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May, hopes to earn a master's degree in music, then pursue a career as a symphony orchestra player and perhaps open a studio as a violin teacher.

"She got to display her talents on national TV," said her father, Leon, a real estate program officer. "We're disappointed that she didn't win, but it was still a great time with lots of fun."

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