Miss North Carolina Teen USA

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Miss North Carolina Teen USA
Formation 1983
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Charlotte
Miss Teen USA
Official language
Website Official website
Katie Coble, Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2007 & Miss North Carolina USA 2017
Erin O'Kelley, Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2001 & Miss North Carolina USA 2007
Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley from North Carolina, also Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2000

The Miss North Carolina Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of North Carolina in the Miss Teen USA pageant and is part of the RPM Productions group.

North Carolina has been moderately successful at Miss Teen USA, but has never won the title. Their best placement was in 1987, 2006 and 2016 when Peggy Blackwell, Melissa Lingafelt and Emily Wakeman placed first runner-up respectively. North Carolina's greatest success came from the mid-1980s to early 1990s. Their most recent placement came in 2016, when Emily Wakeman placed first runner-up.

Three Miss North Carolina Teen USA's has crossed over to win the Miss North Carolina USA title. The first was Chelsea Cooley, who went on to win the Miss USA title and place in the top 10 at Miss Universe. The second was Erin O' Kelley, Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2001 who made the top 15 at Miss USA 2007. The third was Julia Dalton who was a second runner up in Miss Teen USA 2008. However,she didn't place at Miss USA 2015.

Kristen Dalton, who came in first-runner up at the 2005 Miss North Carolina Teen USA pageant to Nikkie Groat, went on to win Miss North Carolina USA in 2009, and won the title of Miss USA 2009. She represented the United States at the Miss Universe pageant in August 2009. Her younger sister Kenzie Dalton, who was first-runner up at the 2006 Miss North Carolina Teen USA pageant, became engaged to actor Chad Michael Murray the same year she placed first-runner up to Melissa Lingafelt (who placed first-runner to Katie Blair of Montana at Miss Teen USA 2006.) Their mother, Jeannie Dalton (Boger) was Miss North Carolina USA 1982, and their sister Julia Dalton was Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008, and placed second-runner up to Stevi Perry of Arkansas at Miss Teen USA 2008. Julia was Miss North Carolina USA in 2015 and didn't place at the Miss USA 2015 pageant.

Results summary[edit]


  • First runners-up: Peggy Blackwell (1987), Melissa Lingafelt (2006), Emily Wakeman (2016)
  • Second runners-up: Katie Coble (2007), Julia Dalton (2008), Jane Axhoj (2015)
  • Fourth runners-up: Kaaviya Sambasivam (2018)
  • Top 6: Holly Furman (1991), Rachel Adcock (1992), Ali Burr (1997)
  • Top 10: Tracey Kaggell (1984), Kimberly Jordan (1985)
  • Top 16: Kat Puryear (2012)



Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at MTUSA Special awards at MTUSA Notes
2018 Kaaviya Sambasivam Winston-Salem 18 4th Runner-Up
2017 McKenzie Hansley Hampstead 17 Previously Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2015
2016 Emily Wakeman Cornelius 18 1st runner-up
2015 Jane Axhoj Charlotte 17 2nd-runner-up
2014 Pammy Peters Raleigh 17
2013 Kelsey Barberio Chapel Hill 18
2012 Kat Puryear Thomasville 17 Top 16 Previously Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2009 and 3rd runner-up to Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2010
2011 Vanessa McClelland[1] Fayetteville 19
2010 Lauren Ashley Martz Salisbury 17
2009 Scarlett Howell Ansonville 16
2008 Julia Dalton Wilmington 16 2nd runner-up Later Miss North Carolina USA 2015. Daughter of Jeannie Dalton (Boger), Miss North Carolina USA 1982, Sister of Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 2009 (Miss North Carolina USA 2009)
2007 Katie Coble Matthews 17 2nd runner-up[2] Later Miss North Carolina USA 2017
2006 Melissa Lingafelt Concord 16 1st runner-up Miss Photogenic
2005 Nikkie Groat Matthews 17
2004 Elizabeth Carty High Point 17 Miss United States Teen 2005
2003 Erin Hendricks High Point 18
2002 Brittany Crews Wake Forest 1st runner up at Miss North Carolina USA 2008
2001 Erin O'Kelley Asheville 15 Later Miss North Carolina USA 2007,semifinalist and 15th at Miss USA 2007
2000 Chelsea Cooley Charlotte 16 Later Miss North Carolina USA and Miss USA 2005, 9th at Miss Universe 2005, Miss United States Teen 2001, 1st runner up at Miss Teen International 2001 as Miss USA
1999 Amber Reinsvold Mocksville 15
1998 Lucy Parker Denver 19
1997 Ali Burr Stanfield 17 Finalist
1996 Tammy Ashton Gastonia 19
1995 Meridith Jackson High Point 18
1994 Valarie Beasley Dunn 16
1993 Wendy Williams Wade 15 Sister of Heidi Sue Williams, Miss North Carolina 1992[3]
1992 Rachel Adcock Conover 17 Top 6 Miss Photogenic
1991 Holly Furman Boone 17 Top 6 Miss Congeniality
1990 Heather Simmons Wilmington 16
1989 Kelly Sheppard Leicester 17
1988 Michelle Moore Fuquay-Varina 18
1987 Peggy Blackwell Fayetteville 17 1st runner-up
1986 Denise Jenkins Wilmington 16
1985 Kimberly Jordan Wilmington 17 Top 10
1984 Tracey Kaggell Waynesville 17 Top 10
1983 Janet Freeman Asheville 19

1 Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant


  1. ^ "About Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2011". RPM Productions, Inc. 2010. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Price, Mark (2007-08-24). "Area teen places in Miss Teen USA top 5". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2007-08-24. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Womble, Jeffery (1993-03-06). "Fayetteville Teen Brings Home State Pageant Crown". The Fayetteville Observer. 

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