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Tuesday, November 7, 2000

Miss America comes
home Saturday

By Rosemarie Bernardo

Miss America Angela Baraquio will return to Hawaii this weekend for several public appearances and to spend some time with family and friends.

She also will visit Holy Family Academy, where she was a teacher before winning the title.

"The students are excited to see her," said teacher Carolyn Kuahulu, who also remembers Baraquio as a student at the school.

The school band, cheerleaders and dancers from Holy Family will greet Baraquio at Honolulu Airport when she arrives at 12:50 p.m. on Saturday.

She and three other Miss America contestants will make an appearance during half time at the University of Hawaii vs. Nevada football game Saturday evening.

A parade honoring Baraquio begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, starting at Fort DeRussy and ending at the Kapiolani Park bandstand.

On Monday, Kuahulu said, Baraquio is expected to visit students and faculty at Holy Family at an undetermined time.

Also Monday, a public reception for her is scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Ballroom.

The new Miss Hawaii will also be crowned during the event. Baraquio will be available to meet with the public and sign autographs. Admission for the event is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

Kuahulu is still amazed Miss America is someone she watched grow up. "It doesn't even seem real yet," she said. "Miss America was always a person in the newspapers or magazines. It's hard to imagine it's somebody we know, somebody we care about."

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