Miss North Carolina

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Former Miss North Carolina title holders at the 75th anniversary
Katherine Southard, Miss North Carolina 2009
Jessica Jacobs, Miss North Carolina 2007

The Miss North Carolina competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of North Carolina in the Miss America pageant. The competition has been held in Raleigh every year since 1978. Prior to that, it was held in various locales including Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham, Burlington, Wilmington, and Morehead City. Miss North Carolina won the Miss America crown once in 1962.

Victoria Huggins of St. Pauls was crowned Miss North Carolina 2017 on June 24, 2017 at Duke Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2018 on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

75th anniversary[edit]

The Miss North Carolina pageant celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012. For pageant week, all of the living former Miss North Carolina titleholders were invited back for a reunion. The Miss North Carolina Sisterhood sponsored a special gala the night before the pageant on June 22, 2012.[1] This was highlighted with a special exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History and 43 former Miss North Carolina's (the oldest being Miss North Carolina 1946, Trudy Riley Kearny) coming to the week's events, including Miss America 1962, Maria Fletcher. In addition, all of the former titleholders were invited for a special honorary luncheon at the North Carolina Executive Mansion, the first luncheon held here since the 1960s. This also marked the first time in 17 years that the pageant has been televised throughout the state.[2] It was televised on the special events channel of Time Warner Cable.

Results summary[edit]

The year in parentheses indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.


  • Miss Americas: Maria Fletcher (1962)
  • 1st runners-up: Constance Dorn (1973), Susan Lawrence (1976), Michelle Warren (1998), Kelli Bradshaw (1999)
  • 2nd runners-up: Ruth Covington (1937), Lu Ogburn (1952), Ann Herring (1961), Kristin Elrod (2005)
  • 3rd runners-up: Clara Faye Arnold (1956)
  • 4th runners-up: Joey Augusta Paxton (1941), Betty Evans (1959), Jessica Jacobs (2008)
  • Top 10: Elaine Herndon (1958), Jennifer Smith (1992)
  • Top 13: Dorothy Johnson (1945)
  • Top 15: Margaret Wood (1939), Misty Clymer (2003), Hailey Best (2012)
  • Top 16: Betty Hunneycutt (1937), Carolyn Edwards (1951)


Preliminary awards[edit]

  • Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness: Joey Augusta Paxton (1941), Lu Ogburn (1952), Clara Faye Arnold (1956), Elaine Herndon (1958), Betty Evans (1959), Maria Fletcher (1962), Monta Maki (1980), Elizabeth Williams (1983), Kelli Bradshaw (1999)
  • Preliminary Talent: Margaret Wood (1939), Joey Augusta Paxton (1941), Lu Ogburn (1952), Scarlet Morgan (1991), Lisa Bamford (1996), Michelle Warren (1998), Adrienne Core (2011)

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Sarah Stedman (1968), Elise Annette Johnson (1969), Patricia Johnson (1970), Cornelia Lerner (1971), Susan Griffin (1975), Deborah Shook (1979), Janet Ward Black (1981), Lynn Williford (1982), Elizabeth Williams (1983), Scarlet Morgan (1991), Dana Stephenson (1995), Lisa Bamford (1996), Jennifer Roberts (1997), Lorna McNeil (2001), Adrienne Core (2011), Arlie Honeycutt (2013), Beth Stovall (2015), McKenzie Faggart (2017)

Other awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Jeanne Swanner (1964)
  • Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Miracle Maker Award: Hailey Best (2012)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Medalists: Hailey Best (2012), Arlie Honeycutt (2013)
  • Quality of Life Award 1st runners-up: Heidi Sue Williams (1993)
  • Quality of Life Award 2nd runners-up: Dana Reason (2004)
  • Quality of Life Award Finalists: Amanda Watson (2009)


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2017 Victoria Huggins[3] St. Pauls 23 Miss Greater Sampson County Vocal TBD TBD Former contestant on Star Search[3] and American Idol Season 10[4]
2016 McKenzie Jade Faggart Concord 21 Miss Mecklenburg County Lyrical Dance "Rise Up" Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2011
2015 Kate Peacock[5] Dunn 19 Miss Dunn Tap dance "Proud Mary" 2nd runner-up at Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2012
2014 Beth Stovall Goldsboro 20 Miss Greater Sampson County Classical vocal "Chi Il Bel Sogno di Doretta" from La rondine Non-finalist Talent Award
2013 Johna Edmonds Lumberton 24 Miss Johnston County Vocal "Somewhere"
2012 Arlie Honeycutt[6] Garner 19 Miss Kinston-Lenoir Vocal "Someone Like You" from Jekyll and Hyde Non-finalist Talent Award

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Medal
2011 Hailey Best[7] Goldsboro 21 Miss Durham Operatic vocal "Art is Calling for Me" from "The Enchantress" by Victor Herbert Top 15 CMN Miracle Maker Award

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Medal[8]
2010 Adrienne Core Erwin 22 Miss Raleigh Contemporary clogging "Soul Man" Preliminary Talent Award

Non-finalist Talent Award
2009 Katherine Southard Raleigh 23 Miss Raleigh Ballet en pointe "Fascinating Rhythm"
2008 Amanda Watson Raleigh 21 Miss Garner Vocal Quality of Life Award Finalist First Miss America contestant to support ALS as her platform[citation needed]
2007 Jessica Jacobs High Point 23 Miss Central Carolina Ballet en pointe "Spring" from The Four Seasons 4th runner-up
2006 Elizabeth Horton High Point 22 Miss Carolina Coast Classical vocal "Je Veux Vivre" from Roméo et Juliette
2005 Brooke Elizabeth McLaurin Fayetteville 24 Miss Fayetteville Vocal "I'll Never Love This Way Again"
2004 Kirstin Elrod Cary 23 Miss Carolina Foothills Semi-classical vocal "Love Is Where You Find It" 2nd runner-up
2003 Dana Reason Raleigh 24 Miss Greenville Tap dance "Rock This Town" Quality of Life Award 2nd runner up
2002 Misty Clymer Raleigh 24 Miss Western Piedmont Vocal "Hold On" from The Secret Garden Top 15
Rebekah Revels St. Pauls Miss Fayetteville Vocal N/A N/A Resigned following threat of release of intimate photographs. She later attempted, through court action, to regain her right to compete in the Miss America pageant.[citation needed]
2001 Ashley House Dallas 20 Miss Lincoln County Celtic Irish dance "Flames of Fire"
2000 Lorna McNeill Lumberton 24 Miss Topsail Island Vocal "Natural Woman" Non-finalist Talent Award First Native American Miss North Carolina[citation needed]
1999 Kelly Trogdon Asheboro 23 Miss Western Piedmont Vocal "It's Time"
1998 Kelli Bradshaw Spivey's Corner 22 Miss Western Piedmont Ballet en pointe "PS 491" by John Tesh 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1997 Michelle Warren Gastonia 22 Miss Appalachian Valley Vocal "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1996 Jennifer Roberts Greensboro 21 Miss Thomasville Tap dance "Devil With a Blue Dress On" Non-finalist Talent Award
1995 Lisa Bamford Raleigh 21 Miss Garner Classical piano solo "Totentantz" Preliminary Talent Award

Non-finalist Talent Award
1994 Dana Stephenson Garner 20 Miss Garner Classical vocal "Art Is Calling For Me" Non-finalist Talent Award
1993 Mary Susan Runion Wilmington 24 Miss Spivey's Corner Tap dance "Luck Be a Lady"
1992 Heidi Sue Williams Wade 23 Miss Fayetteville Vocal "Danny Boy" Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up Sister of Miss North Carolina Teen USA 1993, Wendy Williams[9]
1991 Jennifer Smith Mt. Airy 22 Miss Greater Raleigh Semi-classical vocal "Half a Moment" from Jeeves Top 10
1990 Scarlet Morgan Pfafftown 22 Miss Forsyth County Classical vocal "Vissi d'arte" Preliminary Talent Award

Non-finalist Talent Award
1989 Kelly Fletcher Morganton 21 Miss High Country Semi-classical vocal "Half a Moment"
1988 Lee Beaman Rocky Mount 20 Miss Henderson Jazz en pointe
1987 Lori Boggs Kannapolis 26 Miss Cabarrus County Popular vocal "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" Previously Miss North Carolina USA 1980
1986 Karen Bloomquist Durham 22 Miss Durham Piano Runner-up at Miss Connecticut pageant before winning Miss North Carolina[citation needed]
1985 Joni Parker Fayetteville 24 Miss Fayetteville Vocal "The Shadow of Your Smile"
1984 Francesca Adler Fayetteville 23 Miss Fayetteville Vocal "Home"
1983 Deneen Zezell Graham North Wilkesboro 19 Miss Elkin Valley Jazz dance "Sing, Sing, Sing" First, and thus far only, African American Miss North Carolina[citation needed]
1982 Elizabeth Williams Shelby 22 Miss Greater Greensboro Semi-classical vocal "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Non-finalist Talent Award
1981 Lynn Williford Wilmington 24 Miss Wilmington Russian character dance "Czardas" Non-finalist Talent Award
1980 Janet Ward Black Kannapolis 21 Miss Charlotte-Mecklenburg Classical piano "Etude in C Minor" by Frédéric Chopin Non-finalist Talent Award Top 5 at Maid of Cotton 1980
1979 Monta Maki Hickory 23 Miss Hickory Vocal "You Light Up My Life" Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1978 Deborah Shook Spruce Pine 21 Miss Spivey's Corner Tap dance "Lover" Non-finalist Talent Award Gained national attention by kicking her crown across the stage the next to last night of her reign in a disagreement with pageant sponsors, Raleigh Jaycees[10]
1977 Kathy Fleming Hamptonville 22 Miss Appalachian State University Popular vocal "Everything" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1976 Susie Proffitt Black Mountain 22 Miss Rutherford County Tap dance "Baby Face"
1975 Susan Lawrence Thomasville 21 Miss Thomasville Vocal "You And I" from Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1st runner-up
1974 Susan Griffin High Point 22 Miss High Point Semi-classical vocal "With a Song in My Heart" Non-finalist Talent Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1973 Heather Walker Hendersonville 19 Miss Hendersonville Popular vocal "The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener"
1972 Constance Dorn Kinston 19 Miss Kinston Ballet "The Grand Holiday" 1st runner-up Toured with Miss America USO Troupe

Later Miss North Carolina USA 1975
2nd runner-up at Miss USA 1975
1971 Patsy Wood Benson 24 Miss Garner Vocal "I Believe It All"
1970 Cornelia Lerner Asheville 18 Miss Asheville Piano "Revolutionary Etude" Non-finalist Talent Award
1969 Patricia Johnson Winston-Salem 20 Miss Raleigh Semi-classical vocal from Porgy and Bess Non-finalist Talent Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1968 Elisa Annette Johnson New Bern 19 Miss New Bern Vocal "As Long as He Needs Me" Non-finalist Talent Award
1967 Sarah Stedman Asheboro 22 Miss Randolph County Piano "Fantaisie-Impromptu" Non-finalist Talent Award
1966 Nannette Minor Charlotte 23 Miss Charlotte Piano & vocal
1965 Penelope Clark Sanford 19 Miss Sanford Classical ballet "Robina"
1964 Sharon Finch Thomasville 20 Miss Thomasville Vocal & dance with castanets
1963 Jeanne Swanner Graham 18 Miss Graham Comedy sketch & ukulele Miss Congeniality Standing 6'2", she was the tallest contestant to compete at Miss America[citation needed]

Humorist, author, and professional speaker[citation needed]

Judged Miss America pageants in 1990, 1994, and 2000[citation needed]
1962 Janice Barron Morganton 18 Miss Morganton Piano "Revolutionary Etude"
1961 Susan Woodall Miss Roanoke Rapids N/A N/A Assumed the title after Maria Fletcher became Miss America 1962

Forced to resign for entering the Miss Dixie contest in violation of her contract[citation needed]
Maria Fletcher Asheville 19 Miss Asheville Tap dance to recorded version of her own voice singing "Somebody Loves Me" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1960 Ann Herring Winston-Salem 19 Miss Winston-Salem Vocal "The Lonely Goatherd" 2nd runner-up
1959 Judith Klipfel Asheboro 18 Miss Randolph County Vocal
1958 Betty Evans Greenville Miss Greenville Vocal, piano, skit, & dance "Wait Till You See Him" 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Contestant at Maid of Cotton 1960
1957 Elaine Herndon Durham Miss Durham Vocal & dance Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Miss Dixie 1958
1956 Joan Melton Albemarle Miss Albemarle Piano
1955 Clara Faye Arnold Raleigh Miss Wake County Monologue "Sabrina Fair" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1954 Betty Ring Lexington Miss Lexington Dramatic monologue "The Sleepwalking Scene" from Macbeth
1953 Barbara Crockett Winston-Salem Miss Winston-Salem Vocal "Shine"
1952 Barbara Harris Salisbury Miss Salisbury Classical vocal "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix"
1951 Lu Ogburn Smithfield Miss Smithfield Piano "Malagueña" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1950 Carolyn Edwards Leaksville Miss Tri-City Monologue "Rumba" by Dorothy Parker Top 16
1949 Nancy Lee Yelverton Rocky Mount Miss Rocky Mount Monologue "A Delightful Dilemma"
1948 Patsy Osborne Lawndale Miss Shelby Vocal & piano
1947 Alice White Fayetteville Miss Fayetteville Vocal "That's My Desire"
1946 Trudy Riley Wilson Miss Wilson
1945 Dorothy Johnson Winston-Salem Miss Winston-Salem Recitation "I Am Old Glory" Top 13
1944 Betsy Marie Dalton Winston-Salem Miss Winston-Salem
1942 Hilda Taylor Goldsboro Miss Goldsboro
1941 Joey Augusta Paxton Charlotte Miss Charlotte Swing vocal 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award

Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1940 Jeanne Wofford Forest City Miss Forest City
1939 Margaret Wood Charlotte Miss Charlotte Vocal "If I Didn't Care" Top 15 Preliminary Talent Award
Marguerite Taylor Charlotte Competed as Miss Charlotte
1938 Rebecca Pearl Hankins Charlotte 18 Miss Charlotte Competed as Miss Charlotte
1937 Ruth Covington Charlotte Miss Charlotte Tap dance "Gonna Go" 2nd runner-up
Betty Hunneycutt Charlotte Top 16 Competed as Miss Charlotte
1936 Thelma Perkins Charlotte Competed as Miss Charlotte
1933 Leola Councilman 20
1923 No Miss North Carolina Rose Hildebrand competed as Miss Asheville.


  1. ^ "The 75th Anniversary of Miss North Carolina Gala". Miss North Carolina Sisterhood. 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "NC Museum of History holds special event in honor of Miss NC anniversary". News 14 Carolina. 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b DeVane, Steve (June 24, 2017). "Huggins wins Miss North Carolina Pageant". The Fayetteville Observer. 
  4. ^ Weiss, Shari (January 20, 2011). "'American Idol' season 10: Steven Tyler, 62, praises 16-year-old Victoria Huggins' skirt length". NY Daily News. 
  5. ^ "Miss Dunn Kate Peacock crowned Miss North Carolina". Fayobserver. 20 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Garner's Arlie Honeycutt wins Miss North Carolina crown". News & Observer. 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Hailey Best Crowned As New Miss North Carolina". WFMY News 2. June 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ "2012 Miss America Pageant - Duke of Edinburgh Awards Presentation". 
  9. ^ Womble, Jeffery (1993-03-06). "Fayetteville Teen Brings Home State Pageant Crown". The Fayetteville Observer. 
  10. ^ Leviton, Joyce (23 July 1979). "Without Her Beauty Crown, the Dethroned Debbie Shook Doesn't Feel Naked—Just Livid". People Magazine. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 

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