After a decade and a half of studying all genres of dance, specializing in tap under the instruction of award-winning choreographer Gene Medler of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, Laura Matrazzo enjoyed performing on some of world’s most celebrated stages.
Performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the J. Sherman Theatre of Symphony Hall in New York, NY, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL, Laura was selected to study with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in New York City.
A May, 2018 graduate of Clemson University, Laura earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and plans to attend graduate school to earn either a Master of Business Administration Degree or a Master of Organizational Communication Degree in order to secure a position as Chief Marketing Officer for a professional sports team or North Carolina based Fortune 500 Company. While attending Clemson University, Laura, a Dean’s List student, received academic recognition from the University’s Pan-Hellenic Council, Department of Marketing, and Center for Career-Ready Thinking. Serving as the President of the University’s Dance Company and Greek-Life Involvement Chairperson on behalf of Delta Zeta Sorority International, Laura also worked full-time as a dance instructor and competition team choreographer for a dance company in South Carolina’s Upstate.
Upon the completion of her coursework, Laura was employed by Clemson University as Assistant to the Senior Athletic Director and, while in that position, was appointed to represent the national-title winning Clemson Tigers at the IMG College Licensing Summit. Laura has also worked for Vector Marketing Corporation in recruitment and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in sports marketing.
Over the course of two years, Laura raised of $23,000 in funds to execute supplemental education in the area of fundamental financial management for underserved students across North Carolina in grades fifth through eighth. Working with 15 partner nonprofit sites, three corporate sponsors, and the professional assistance of her home University’s Department of Education, Laura developed her social impact initiative, “Money Talks: Student-Focused Principles of Financial Management” for which she received the Miss America Award for Outstanding community Service as well as a Wells Fargo Community Impact Scholarship for excellence in community service. Additionally, Laura has volunteered with Communities in Schools of North and South Carolina, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the Kiwanis Clubs’ Operation Red Sleigh. Over her three-year involvement with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Laura secured nearly $3,000 in funding to support the organization’s local hospitals.
The 23-year-old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charles “Chuck” & Beth Matrazzo, Laura earned the title of Miss North Carolina 2018 on June 23, 2018 representing the metropolitan area of Charlotte as Miss Metrolina. In 2017,Laura had the distinct honor of serving as Miss Randolph County. Her involvement with the Miss North Carolina Organization included winning a preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award in 2017 and in both 2017 and 2018 the Miss North Carolina Spirit of Miss North Carolina Award selected by the sisterhood of former Miss North Carolinas and members of the North Carolina Educational Scholarship Fund. Collectively, Laura has earned $31,000 is scholarship from participation the Miss America Organization. Laura is a Chapel Hill, North Carolina native.