RALEIGH, NC 6/24/2018 – Laura Matrazzo, Miss Metrolina, was crowned Miss North Carolina 2018 at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Matrazzo’s platform was “Money Talks: Student-Focused Principles of Financial Management” and performed a tap dance to “Ready for a Miracle” by Patti LaBelle. She is the daughter of Chuck and Beth Matrazzo of Chapel Hill.

The Top 5 Candidates included:

  • Fourth Runner Up – Miss Greater Carolina, Autumn Hubbard
  • Third Runner Up – Miss Greater Sampson County, Grace Ann Carroll
  • Second Runner Up – Miss Charlotte, Courtney Smith
  • First Runner Up – Miss Spivey’s Corner, Madison Bryant

The Top 10 Candidates included:

  • Miss Cabarrus County – Kylee Russell
  • Miss Wilmington – Carli Batson
  • Miss Charlotte – Courtney Smith
  • Miss Raleigh – Isabella Gaines
  • Miss Spivey’s Corner – Madison Bryant
  • Miss High Point – Hannah Welborn Lewis
  • Miss Queen City – Taylor Foley
  • Miss Greater Sampson County – Grace Ann Carroll
  • Miss Metrolina – Laura Matrazzo
  • Miss Greater Carolina – Autumn Hubbard

The Top 15 Candidates included:

  • Miss Spivey’s Corner – Madison Bryant
  • Miss Queen City – Taylor Foley
  • Miss High Point – Hannah Welborn Lewis
  • Miss Wilmington – Carli Batson
  • Miss Metrolina – Laura Matrazzo
  • Miss Greater Carolina – Autumn Hubbard
  • Miss Charlotte – Courtney Smith
  • Miss Greater Sampson County – Grace Ann Carroll
  • Miss Fayetteville – Taylor Bridges
  • Miss Johnston County – Abby Britt
  • Miss Zebulon – Maya Bryant
  • Miss Greensboro – Karen Stallings
  • Miss Cabarrus County – Kylee Russell
  • Miss Raleigh – Isabella Gaines
  • Miss Mecklenburg County – Deandra Easter

The Miss North Carolina Non-Finalist Interview Award was given to the candidate with the highest interview score not in the top 15. The $500 scholarship was awarded to Miss Henderson, Shanice Street and Miss Mount Holly, Melanie Robinson

The Non-Finalist Talent Award was given to the candidate with the highest talent score not placed in our top fifteen. The non-finalist talent winner receiving a $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Miss Wilson, Jerenae Raeford

The Jeanne Robertson Congeniality Award was provided by Jeanne Robertson, Miss North Carolina 1963. The winner was chosen by her fellow contestants. The winner of a $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Miss Zebulon, Maya Bryant

The Miss America Community Service Award is funded by the Miss America Organization. The winner of a $1,000 scholarship provided by Miss America was awarded to Miss Metrolina, Laura Matrazzo

The Miss America Academic Achievement Award is also funded by the Miss America Organization. The $1,000 scholarship for academic excellence Miss Blue Ridge Valley, Caroline Parris.

The 2018 Dana L. Reason Quality of Life Award was presented on Friday, June 22, at the Miss North Carolina Cardinal Ball.

  • Grace Ann Carroll, Miss Greater Sampson County, was named the 2018 Quality of Life Award winner and will receive a $500 scholarship.
  • Sophia Kellstrom, Miss Gastonia, was named 1st runner up and will receive a $300 scholarship.
  • Carlie Allison Spencer, Miss Cleveland, was named 2nd runner up and will receive a $200 scholarship.

About the Miss NC Organization
As an official state preliminary associated with the Miss America Organization, the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Organization is a part of the largest scholarship providing organization for women in the world. Promoting an emphasis on academics and communication skills, the Miss NC Organization is considered a launching pad for young women to further their academic and career goals. For more information about volunteering or competing, please visit www.missnc.org.

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Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant, Inc.
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