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Pageant Continued from page 50 When Parekh came down the aisle to say farewell, it was obvi- ous she was choking back her emotions. She smiled and bowed, tears running down her face. Her thank you letter in the Miss Delaware program says what she was incapable of at the time and concludes as follows. "I hope I can always conjure up the intense and immense feelings of love, appreciativeness and hap- piness that I hold for all of you at this very moment," she wrote. "Believe me when I say, I am truly a lucky girl." After her farewell the finalists were announced, leaving Miss Eastern Shore Erin Williams, Miss Dover Rebekah Rakes, Miss New Castle County Stefanie Armel, Miss Bear Michelle Filling and Miss Camden- Wyoming Linda Kurtz. All the finalists were interviewed by Powell, one question regarding their platform and one general question. All of the young women answered their platform question well. The general question threw them a few curveballs. Topics ranged from reality TV to prison rehabilitation. Final scores were then tabulated and Miss Delaware, the Court of Honor and the other awards were announced. The Miss Delaware and Miss America competition are scholar- ship programs. Each of the women competing in this year's Miss Delaware are pursuing high- er education ranging from enter- ing their freshman year in college to getting their doctorates. All the competitors received some degree of scholarship money, with Miss Delaware receiving the bulk. Stefanie Armel won fourth run- ner up and a $1,500 scholarship. Rebekah Rakes, third, $2,000 scholarship, Michelle Filling, sec- ond $2,500 scholarship and Linda Kurtz, first, $3,000 scholarship. Miss Eastern Shore Erin W'lllianm took the crown and title of Miss Delaware, a $15,000 scholarship from the Miss Delaware program. "You really can't believe it," rattan co. The Finest Rattan & Wicker Furnishings & Accessories... / Living Rooms Dining Rooms Bedrooms . Patios . Sunrooms Williams said. "You feel like you're standing on a cloud. It's so clich6, but everything happens for a reason. My big reason for doing this was for my mother." Williams' mother passed away from lymphoma. Williams' plat- form was lymphoma research. This was Williams' third attempt at the crown, last year she was the first runner up. "So many girls came back, so many were veterans," Williams said. "Everybody had something special." She also received full scholar- ships to Delaware State University, University of Delaware and Goldey-Beacom College. Not to mention a pile of prizes from other organizations. Linda Kurtz won the preliminary swimsuit and Community Service Award. Miss Pike Creek Amanda Chandler won the preliminary tal- ent award. Non-finalist awards went to Miss Tri County Vincenza Carrieri-Russo, swimsuit, and Chandler, interview. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 13 - June 19, 2003 - 51 Miss Bear Miehelle Filling performs her dance routine during the talent competition. She is pursuing her masters degree in English from the University of Delaware and competed on a service learning platform. UNLIMITED GENERAL CONTRACTING, INC, CUSTOM eIIIIDINTnIY & PAiNTiNG mmmm c,mnm.L I * " * =.m... I Itt *  ='m'* ran'm* 's I [ '-'---'..=,. nu. ,..-- =. a,,aqL,m,=, I I DELMARVA WINDOW CLEgtNING "We Take the Pain out of cleaning Your window Panes" Commercial Residential New Construction Let our professional staff clean your windows, sills, screens, and gutters for you. We also offer power washing. Credit Cards Accepted Free Estimates "Satisfaction Guaranteed  MILLSBORO 934-1612 NEEDS BEST OF AI,L-W