Road to Miss America 2012:
Carlie Colella of Hagerstown was crowned Miss Maryland 2011 Saturday night, June 25, 2011 in her hometown. She will represent Maryland at the Miss America 2012 pageant, next January in Las Vegas. She ran on the platform, “Empowerment of Women: Creating an Equal Opportunity for Success.” Her talent is contemporary dance.
Carlie was crowned by outgoing Miss Maryland 2010 Lindsay Staniszewski, who had spent her year as Miss Maryland promoting the platform, “Beyond Beauty: Building Self-Esteem and Positive Body Image in Girls.”
According to the Beyond Beauty for Girls website, the groups advaces “an advocacy platform dedicated to building self-esteem and inspiring confidence in girls.”
Among its partners is the Girl Scouts of America.
Lindsay was a Quality of Life finalist at the Miss America 2011 pageant.
Carlie hopes to become the first Maryland contestant to wear the Miss America crown.
Carlie is well known in parts of Maryland for her athletic ability.
She is strong in soccer, and track and field.