RALEIGH 6/19/2018 – Preliminary competitions kicked off tonight at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium for the 2018 Miss North Carolina and MNCOTeen pageants.

Grabbing the preliminary awards for the first preliminary competition were Miss Wilmington, Carli Batson, and Miss Queen City, Taylor Foley, tying for the Talent Award and Miss Charlotte, Courtney Smith, taking home the Lifestyle & Fitness Award.
In MNCOTeen awards Miss Wilmington’s Outstanding Teen, Andi Creech, received the Talent Award and Miss Johnston County’s Outstanding Teen, Peyton Brown, garnered the Evening Gown and Onstage Question Award.
The five semi-finalists announced for the Quality of Life Scholarship include:

  • Miss Greater Sampson County, Grace Ann Carroll
  • Miss Raleigh, Isabella Gaines
  • Miss Moore County, Megan Huff
  • Miss Gastonia, Sophia Kellstrom
  • Miss Cleveland, Carlie Spencer

Also, the following scholarships were awarded:

  • Smithfield Agribusiness Scholarship
    • Miss Duplin County, Tara Parker
  • Kate Peacock Teaching Fellow Scholarship
    • Miss Greensboro, Karen Stallings
  • Elizabeth Christine Stovall Music Scholarship
    • Miss Wilson, Jerenae Raeford
  • Ward Black Law World Changer Scholarship
    • Miss Carolina Foothills, Taylor Cuthbertson
  • Janice Barbee Academic Achiever Scholarship
    • Miss Stanly County, Megan Frick
  • Victoria Baskett Healthcare Impact Scholarship
    • Miss Johnston County, Abby Britt

The Local Director of the Year was awarded to Jordan Gallagher Barrier and Brittany Speights of the Miss Piedmont Scholarship Organization.

The Outstanding Service was awarded to Vickie Detweiler, Backstage Production Manager, for her 25 years of service.

The Local Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Delores Cox, Executive Director of the Miss Gaston County, Miss Gastonia, and Miss Mount Holly Organization.

Preliminary competitions for Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen will start June 19-21 at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen competition will conclude with the final competition on June 22 at 6pm. Miss North Carolina 2018 will be crowned at 8pm live on ABC11 and ABC11.com. Tickets for the event are available at MissNC.org/MissNC2018.

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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Media Contact:
Jacob Godwin
Marketing and Media Relations
Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant, Inc.