A woman from Myersville won Miss Frederick on Saturday night at the 41st annual Miss Frederick Scholarship Program at Frederick Community College.
Kendal Neel, 18, is a student at Pace University in New York City and is an English major with a concentration in publishing. For her talent, she sang a song from the Phantom of the Opera.
As Miss Frederick, she’s most excited about doing community service work throughout the area.
“I want to promote my platform “Girl Talk Inc.” which is about giving young girls the tools they need to navigate their futures,” she said.
She will go on to compete at the Miss Maryland Scholarship Program in Hagerstown in June. If she wins Miss Maryland, she will compete in the Miss America Competition in the fall.
Nine women competed for the title of Miss Frederick and six teenage girls competed for the Miss Frederick’s Outstanding Teen.
Bridget O’Brien, a junior at Urbana High School, won Miss Frederick’s Outstanding Teen and received a $800 scholarship. She performed a tap dance to a song called “Humble and Kind.” She will also move on to compete for Miss Maryland’s Outstanding Teen. If she wins, she will compete at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition.
Sandy Waterman, executive director of the Miss Frederick Scholarship Program, said she wants the new Miss Frederick to grow and have many experiences throughout her year.
“I think it’s best when they set goals for themselves and tell us what they want it to be, and we’ll help them make it happen,” she said. “I really hope she would take advantage of all the opportunities for community service as well.”
The women who competed for Miss Frederick have to be between the ages of 17 and 25 and must live, work or study in Frederick County.
As Miss Frederick 2019, Neel received a $4,000 scholarship as well as an array of different services and products made possible by the many different sponsors of the pageant.
She will also receive mentoring and guidance from Waterman and the others in the organization throughout her year.
“We’re mentors in addition to providing scholarship money,” Waterman said. “So yes, they will get a chance to go to Miss Maryland and Miss Maryland’s Outstanding Teen, but that’s one week out of the year. The best thing is watching them grow. We really want them to dig in as deep as they possibly can because this year will change the future of their lives.”
First runner-up to Miss Frederick was Emily Mogel, and second runner-up was Jillian Johnson. First runner-up for Miss Frederick’s Outstanding Teen was Gabby Steed, and second runner-up was Autumn Bramhall.