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USF grad named as new Miss Seminole

Cristina Bermudez, 23, was named Miss Seminole 2003 on March 1 in the 36th annual scholarship pageant held in the Seminole High School auditorium. She was chosen from among 12 contestants who either live, work, attend school or volunteer in Pinellas County.

Bermudez, of Tampa, won a $2,700 cash scholarship and a $1,000 scholarship toward a cosmetology program at Loraine's Academy. A graduate of the University of South Florida, she will serve for a year. She ran on the platform, "Alcohol Awareness for America's Youth."

Suzanne Dani'L Metzler, 22, also a USF graduate, was named first runner-up and Jennifer Lauren Summers, 20, a current student at USF, was named second runner-up. Metzler received a $1,000 cash scholarship and Summers $700.

Meredith Kovarik, 21, of the University of Central Florida, won the Alene Carpenter Memorial non-finalist interview award and received $300. The award is named for Mrs. Carpenter, a longtime pageant supporter who died in 1998.

Bermudez will represent Seminole in the Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant in June at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

The local pageant and the Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant are affiliated with the Miss America organization.