- Miss North Carolina
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, Burlington, Wilmington, and Morehead City. North Carolina has once (1961) won the Miss America crown.
Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Talent at Miss America Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes 2011 Hailey Best Goldsboro 21 Miss Durham Operatic Vocal: "Art is Calling for Me" from the Enchantress 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 Finalist for Quality of Life Award 2007 Jessica Jacobs High Point 23 Miss Central Carolina Ballet en Pointe "Spring" from The Four Seasons 4th runner-up at Miss America 2008 2006 Elizabeth Horton High Point 22 Miss Carolina Coast Classical Vocal "Je Veux Vivre" from Roméo et Juliette 2005 Brooke 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 at Miss America 2005 2003 Dana Reason Raleigh 24 Miss Greenville Tap Dance "Rock This Town" 2nd runner up Quality of Life award 2002 Misty Clymer Raleigh 24 Miss Western Piedmont Vocal "Hold On" from The Secret Garden Top 15 Quarter-finalist at Miss America 2003 Rebekah Revels St. Pauls Miss Fayetteville Vocal Resigned after admitting her boyfriend had taken topless photos of her. Sued Miss NC Pageant and lost. Sued her boyfriend for taking the photos and was awarded a nominal sum. Named to represent USA in Miss World Pageant and was a finalist. 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 winner 1999 Kelly Trogdon Asheboro 23 Miss Western Piedmont Vocal "It's Time" She was first runner up in the local pageant and competed for Miss NC only after the winner of Miss Western Piedmont resigned because of residency conflicts. That winner went back to her home state and eventually won the Miss Virginia Pageant and the two competed together for the title of Miss America. 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 Preliminary Talent Award, Non-finalist Talent Award 1994 Dana Stephenson Garner 20 Miss Garner Classical Vocal "Art Is Calling For Me" from The Enchantress by Victor Herbert 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" 1st runner-up Quality of Life Award Sister of Wendy Williams, Miss North Carolina Teen USA 1993 1991 Jennifer Smith Mt. Airy 22 Miss Greater Raleigh Semi-Classical Vocal "Half a Moment" from Jeeves Top 10 Semi-finalist 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" Asked for a new question during evening gown competition, was granted a new question and went on to win the pageant. This event changed the rules of the Miss America Pageant that a contestant could not ask for a second question during evening gown competition. 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 Former runner up in Miss Connecticut before her NC win. 1985 Joni Parker Fayetteville 24 Miss Fayetteville Vocal "The Shadow of Your Smile" 1984 Francesca Adler Fayetteville 23 Miss Fayetteville Vocal "Home" 1983 Deneen Graham North Wilkesboro 19 Miss Elkin Valley Jazz Dance "Sing, Sing, Sing" First and thus far only African American winner 1982 Elizabeth Williams Shelby 22 Miss Greater Greensboro Semi-Classical Vocal "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" Preliminary Swimsuit Award; Non-finalist Talent Award Gained national attention by being selected by a computer to win the pageant 1981 Lynn Williford Wilmington 24 Miss Wilmington Russian Character Dance "Czardas" Non-finalist Talent Award 1980 Janet Black Kannapolis 21 Miss Charlotte-Mecklenburg Classical Piano "Etude in C Minor" by Frédéric Chopin Non-finalist Talent Award Top 5 finalist in the 1980 "Maid of Cotton" pageant 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 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 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 Later Miss North Carolina USA 1975 and second runner up to Miss USA 1975, Toured with Miss America USO Troupe 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 & Ukelele Miss Congeniality award Standing 6' 2" the tallest contestant to compete at Miss America. Humorist, author and professional speaker, judged the Miss America pageant in 1990, 1994 and 2000. 1962 Janice Barron Morganton 18 Miss Morganton Piano "Revolutionary Etude" 1961 Susan Woodall* Miss Roanoke Rapids *was fired as Miss North Carolina for entering the Miss Dixie contest in violation of her contract. 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 Competed in the 1960 Maid of Cotton Pageant 1957 Elaine Herndon Durham Miss Durham Vocal & Dance Top 10 Semi-finalist Preliminary Swimsuit Crowned Miss Dixie in 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 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 Semi-finalist 1949 Nancy Lee Yelverton Rocky Mount Miss Rocky Mount 1948 Patsy Osborne Lawndale Miss Shelby 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" Semi-finalist 1944 Betsy Marie Dalton Winston-Salem Miss Winston-Salem 1942 Hilda Taylor Goldsboro Miss Goldsboro 1941 Joey Augusta Paxton Charlotte Miss Charlotte 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award; Preliminary Swimsuit Award Sister of Phyllis Randall, Miss California 1937. 1940 Jeanne Wofford Forest City Miss Forest City 1939 Margaret Wood Charlotte Miss Charlotte Vocal "If I Didn't Care" Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Award Marguerite Taylor Charlotte competed as Miss Charlotte in the Miss America Pageant 1938 Rebecca Pearl Hankins Charlotte 18 Miss Charlotte
competed as Miss Charlotte in the Miss America Pageant
1937 Ruth Covington Charlotte Miss Charlotte Tap Dance "Gonna Go" 2nd runner-up Betty Hunneycutt Charlotte Semi-Finalist Competed as Miss Charlotte in the Miss America Pageant 1936 Thelma Perkins Charlotte competed as Miss Charlotte in the Miss America Pageant 1933 Leola Councilman 20 1923 No Miss North Carolina Rose Hildebrand competed as Miss Asheville in the Miss America Pageant
* Succeeded to the crown after Miss North Carolina won Miss America
- ^ "Hailey Best Crowned As New Miss North Carolina". WFMY News 2. June 27, 2011. http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/article/180725/57/Miss-Durham-Crowned-As-New-Miss-North-Carolina.
- ^ Womble, Jeffery (1993-03-06). "Fayetteville Teen Brings Home State Pageant Crown". The Fayetteville Observer. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=FV&p_theme=fv&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0F54F65611CF01ED&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM.
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