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Nina Davuluri

Miss Maryland shares secrets of pageant life

Miss Maryland shares secrets of pageant life

Smiling, Christina Denny took the stage with the 52 other hopefuls in preparation for the Miss America competition earlier this month.

Flanked by towering entrants, the 5-foot-6-inch Owings Mills native performed fast-paced choreography with precision. The years of being a competitive gymnast and cheerleader paid off; so had trying out for the Miss Maryland pageant three times before being crowned in June.

"Losing Miss Maryland three times could be depressing," Denny, 22, said minutes before taking the stage for the closed-door rehearsal in Boardwalk Hall, site of the...