Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen Pageant got off to an exciting start tonight, June 17.
79 young women are competing for these two prestigious titles as well as for the scholarships that are part of their awards package. The competition is an official state preliminary associated with the Miss America Organization and is part of the largest scholarship providing organization for women in the world.
Tonight’s presentation is just the first in a four-day event. It featured exciting competitions across various categories, but before the competition started, there was an equally exciting and fabulously choreographed opening number, during which each of the contestants introduced herself and the local title she was representing.
Emceed by the adorable Kirsten Elrod, a former Miss North Carolina, and the charming Richard Green, a reporter for Time Warner Cable News, the first competitive event of the night was onstage question. During this phase of competition, select competitors for the Miss North Carolina title (other competitors will participate in this phase of competition on subsequent nights) are asked two “think-on-your-feet” style questions.
The reasoning behind this phase of competition is that Miss North Carolina needs to be well-spoken and needs to be aware of the current issues affecting her state and the world as a whole. Each girl was asked a hard-hitting question about something going on in the world, as well as a question related to her platform.
Questions ranged from how the contestants felt about Kaitlyn Jenner to their thoughts on assisted suicide for Alzheimer’s patients and Rachel Dolezal’s misrepresentation of herself as an African-American woman. While some contestants stumbled over the tougher questions, others knocked it out of the park.
The current Miss Goldsboro, Victoria Weeks Baskett, cleverly spun her question concerning what she thought of Dolezal into a positive testament of how all people have their own paths in life to follow and how we should support and respect their individual journeys.
Following that nail-biting phase of competition, select Outstanding Teen competitors participated in the Lifestyle and Fitness competition, in which they don sportswear and individually make their way through a tough routine that includes push-ups and mountain climbers.
Next up was Evening Wear and Onstage question for another group of teens. These questions weren’t as difficult and focused more on who the girls are, what they’re passionate about, and how they make a difference in their respective communities.
After this phase of competition, the audience was treated to a few minutes hearing from Beth Stovall, the current Miss North Carolina, about her reign. She spoke with passion of how the pageant has helped her to become the “best version of myself” possible. Later, she gave a gorgeous vocal performance, proving that her successor would have some tough shoes to fill.
Following Beth’s time on stage, select Miss contestants graced the stage in swimwear, followed by the Outstanding Teen Talent competition. Dancing was the most popular talent this year, but only a few contestants had routines that really stood out.
Next up was the Miss evening gown competition. Many of the contestants played it safe and classic with their gowns this year, veering more toward solid colors with minimal but eye-catching embellishments as opposed to the traditional “bedazzled” styles one often thinks of in pageantry.
Rounding out the competition for the evening was the Miss Talent competition. As with the teens, there were quite a few dancers in the group, but the real standout was Katie Archer, Miss Randolph County, who played the violin.
Her immense talent and stage presence were proven when she took home one of the night’s most coveted prizes- the preliminary talent award. Miss Queen City, Mckenzie Faggart, was also a preliminary winner, grabbing the Lifestyle and Fitness award in swimsuit.
Among the Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen participants, Miss Union County’s Outstanding Teen, Blaire Brown, took home the preliminary talent award for her rousing acrobatic dance routine, and Miss Spivey’s Corner’s Outstanding Teen, McKenzie Hansley, won the evening gown/onstage question award.
Additionally, the Miss Queen City/Metrolina pageant program was honored Wednesday night as the local production of the year within the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant Program.
The Sponsor of the Year award was presented to Kayla Hollingsworth in honor of her father, Ted Hollingsworth of Line Design Graphics, a graphic design, professional videography and photography and apparel design company located in Greensboro.
The five finalists for the Quality of Life award, which honors pageant contestant’s community service platforms, were also announced. They are Miss Greater Southeastern Victoria Huggins for “The Alz Project”; Miss Garner Rachel Chavez for “Commit, Don’t Quit”; Miss Greater Sampson County for “United We Stand, Together We Serve”; Miss Johnston County Alissa Anderegg for “Alzheimer’s Awareness”; and Miss Capital City Kacy Lee for “Stand Up to Stand Out.” The winner will be revealed at Saturday evening’s final event.
So much excitement already…and it’s only night one!
Those who aren’t able to attend the pageant live will still have a chance to watch. The Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, the official media sponsor of the Miss North Carolina pageant, will live-stream Miss preliminaries on www.twcsportschannel.com beginning at 7:30pm starting Wednesday though Friday. Miss North Carolina finals will be televised live on TWC SportsChannel 323 and www.twcsportschannel.com on June 20th starting at 7pm. For more information about the 2015 Miss NC Pageant, please visit www.MissNC.org/MissNC2015.
Plus, be sure to check back here for updates on each phase of competition all the way up to the big night!