*This press release was published on the Miss North Carolina website*
RALEIGH 6/24/2016 – Preliminary competitions have come to a close at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium for the 2016 Miss North Carolina and MNCOTeen pageants.
Grabbing the final preliminary awards for this year’s competition were Miss Wilmington, Victoria Huggins taking home the Talent Award and Miss Queen City, Mackenzie Church taking home the Lifestyle & Fitness Award.
In MNCOTeen awards, Miss Eastern Carolina’s Outstanding Teen, Aliza Matthews, received the Talent Award and Miss Clayton’s Outstanding Teen, Catherine White, garnered the Evening Gown and Onstage Question Award.
The Miss Queen City-Miss Metrolina Scholarship Pageant was recognized for Local Preliminary of the Year.
The Miss Greater Sandhills and Greater Carolina was recognized for best stage production of the year by a local preliminary.
The 5 STEM Scholarship winners were Rahmeka Cox, Miss Greater Sampson County; Lily Faulconer, Miss Kinston Lenior County; Melanie Robinson, Miss Cabarrus County; Victoria Baskett, Miss Fayetteville; Mallory Outen, Miss Statesville.
Vicki Young was honored as the State Volunteer of the Year with the Miss North Carolina Organization.
Beth Knox, Executive Director for the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant, was recognized for 15 years of service to the Miss America Organization.
About the Miss NC Organization
As an official state preliminary associated with the Miss America Organization, the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant 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 Pageant 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.