HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Christina Denny has won the Miss Maryland pageant and will compete for the crown of Miss America in September.

Pageant business manager Courtney Thomas says the 22-year-old Denny represented western Maryland in the competition Saturday night in Hagerstown. Denny won both swimsuit and talent competitions in the preliminary rounds. It was her third time competing in the Miss Maryland pageant.

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Denny is a teacher at Echelon Academy in Olney, a school for children with learning disabilities. She teaches students between 6th and 10th grades.

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Denny is a graduate of the University of Maryland, and she hopes to study speech pathology in graduate school.

Samantha Hawkins was runner-up. She’s a student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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