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This is Us

“When the sharpest words wanna cut me down…I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out. This is brave, this is proof, this is who I’m meant to be, this is me! Look out ’cause here I come; and I’m marching on to the beat I drum. I’m not scared to be seen, I make […]

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The Sisterhood Continues to Grow

The Miss North Carolina Class of 2019 began its formation what seems like just hours ago when my Miss North Carolina roommate and dear friend, Alyssa Johnson, crowned Miss Statesville 2019, Kaitlyn Sparks.  Kaitlyn, a young woman with whom I have had the pleasure of competing, became the first 2019 classmate who will join hopefully 50 […]

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Statesville Sisterhood

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead The formation of a thoughtful, committed group of empowered, young citizens begins today as the first young woman joins the Miss North Carolina Class of 2019.  As the season of local competitions […]

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#WeAreMissAmerica

“Differentiate between character and personality.”  I was asked this question in a mock interview. It remains one of my favorite questions of all time.  In this time of evolution for the Miss America Organization, the 2.0 rebranding, this question often resurfaces in my mind. In my opinion personality is almost equal to mood or attitude.  Personality changes frequently […]

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Azaleas, Strawberries, and People’s Choice Videos!

Hello, friends! 280+ appearances (and counting!), one battle with the flu, six Dunn Benson Ford cars, and nearly 30,000 miles traveled across our great state…Now my time is drawing to a close as the 80th Queen of the Tar Heel State. The last few weeks have provided some of the best memories I will cherish. […]

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“Esse quam videri”

As I approach the half way mark of my year of service to the state of North Carolina, I find myself being very reflective. I am thrilled to have accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. Six months, 162 appearances, over 25-thousand miles traveled, the privilege of singing our National Anthem 23 […]

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Elk, Flounder, and a Grocery Cart (Oh My!)

Elk, Flounder, and a Grocery Cart (Oh My!) What an adventure the past few weeks have been! From the beautiful mountains of Cherokee to the eastern shores of Morehead City, I have enjoyed countless once in a lifetime experiences as the 80th Queen of the Tar Heel State. But here are just a few of […]

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The Closing of a Chapter…The Rest is Still Unwritten

As a self-proclaimed nerd, I look at life experiences as a chapter in the novel of my life. I’m blessed to have had numerous chapters in my 23 years on this earth, and by far the one that I have grown from and learned more about myself from has been the chapters that compile the […]

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Less Than a Month Away…

WE ARE IN THE HOMESTRETCH!! I cannot believe we are less than a month away from finding out who will be crowned the 80th Miss North Carolina! As excited as I am to watch my sisters take the stage and blow us all away with their striking personalities, intelligent minds, talented hearts, and beautiful souls, […]

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