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CAPE LIFE CAPE GAZETTE. Friddy. June 13, June 19. 2003 - 49 r There she is... Miss Eastern Shore Erin Williams takes a victory walk down the runway after being crowned the new Miss Delaware 2003 June 7 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Erik Sumption photos Williams, from Lincoln, is a musical theater major at Syracuse University and competed for the title on the platform of cancer aware- ness and financial support. Lincoln's Erin Williams crowned Miss Delaware 2003 Pageant competitors perform a group dance routine from "Thoroughly Modern Millie" led by Miss Delaware 2002 Shoha Parekh, center. Sixteen ladies vied June 6 and 7 for the title of Miss Delaware. Pictured in front (l-r) are Miss Camden-Wyoming Linda Kurtz, Miss Brandywine Katherine Wolf, Miss Diamond State Rebecca Bledsoe and Miss Blue-Gold Stephanie Andrews. By Karl Chalabala Susan Powell, Miss America 1981, crossed the stage under a spotlight at the Rehoboth Convention Center June 7. An open, large black umbrella cov- ered her and a bright yellow raincoat covered her. "This is to let you know I think Rehoboth Beach is beautiful," she said. "Even in the rain." Rain came down that evening, but a large enthusiastic crowd cheered, and cat-called, as Powell removed her raincoat and began the Miss Delaware competi- tion. Sixteen smiling young women from different regions in Delaware came onto stage to the sound of various Broadway musicals. The theme, "Stars on Broadway," would be reflected all-night long. The young women stood nervously, knowing six of them would be leaving. The previous night hosted the Preliminary competition. Scores were tabulated and the time to make cuts arrived. The ten semi-finalists came on to the stage to the music of "Gypsy." But as indicated by the term "semi-finalist," there was still more cuts. Until that time, the swimsuit, talent and evening gown compe-. titions would take place. Miss Delaware competi- tors are graded as follows. Composite attribute-40 percent, talent-30 percent, evening wear 10-percent and swimsuit-10 percent. "Don't they look beautiful?" Powell asked while the girls paraded in their swimsuits, which were in good taste. Miss Delaware is not the kind of woman who wears a thong. The talent competition evoked the biggest Continued on page 50 .... iIll I i ...... I ....... rl .......... 00ml00IHHlilllllllilUniml00g000000igllg ....