Still looking for your next big opportunity?

The Miss North Carolina & Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen Sweeps competition will be held on Saturday, March 12 at The Clayton Center in Clayton, NC. Any candidate who might be interested must have competed in at least one Local competition in our state in order to be deemed eligible.  The only exception will be the outgoing Spivey’s Corner representatives if they did not elect to be released after the state competition last June.

The remaining Local competitions are Gastonia/Gaston County/Mount Holly (January 8), Johnston County/Cleveland (January 15), Moore County/Sandhills (January 29), Fayetteville (February 12), and Spivey’s Corner/Dunn (February 26). Please register on the MAO site and sign up for any competition for which you are eligible.

If you are unsure of available Locals and their territory, contact Phyllis Dunn at [email protected] or refer to for additional details.

Interested in beginning a local competition in your area?

We are currently looking for encouraging, motivated, and active leaders to develop programs in the following areas:

  • Beaufort/Martin/Bertie Counties
  • Charlotte/Mecklenburg County
  • Harnett County/Campbell University
  • Hickory/Piedmont Triad
  • Robeson/Columbus/Brunswick Counties
  • Wilmington/New Hanover County

To be considered for a position as a Local Executive Director in your area, please submit your proposal including the following information:

  • Submit a completed Local Agreement for the current season, available from Phyllis Dunn, Director of Field Operations
  • Local Board of Directors
  • Local Committee Members
  • Business plan for fundraising of scholarship
  • Requested local territory (up to ten connected counties)
  • Proposed date and location for local competition
  • Qualifications/Experience with the Miss America and/or Miss North Carolina Organizations

For more information on how you can lead a local competition, please contact Phyllis Dunn at [email protected].

It’s Miss North Carolina Night at the Fayetteville Woodpeckers!

It’s Miss North Carolina night at the Fayetteville Woodpeckers game on Aug 6th at 6:30 pm against the Fredericksburg Nationals. Come out and meet the new queens of the Tarheel State!  Miss North Carolina, Carli Batson and Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen, Harley Tilque will both be in attendance! This event will be a fundraiser to assist with ad pages for Carli Batson’s appearance in the 100th anniversary Miss America competition magazine. We are hoping to see all of our Miss North Carolina supporters, including current and former Misses, our Outstanding Teen, and the adorable Carolina Princess titleholders. This is a wonderful family atmosphere with a Kid’s Zone and fantastic food vendors.  We hope all of our local organizations will make plans to attend. Opportunity for all current titleholders to be recognized. Tickets are $15 each, seated in groups on the 3rd baseline. Click here for tickets!

Covid Procedures: June 2021 State Competition

From the Miss North Carolina Organization:

All Participants – Board of Directors, State Committee, Production Team, Candidates (Miss/Teen), Carolina Princesses, Judges, Auditors:

All individuals involved will be required to provide a hard copy of negative COVID test result administered no longer than 3 days prior to their arrival in High Point. In lieu of testing, individuals may provide a hard copy of valid COVID vaccination (front and back of card) that indicates the appropriate number of vaccines have been properly conveyed.

Anyone involved who exhibits symptoms during competition week (fever, chills, cough, nausea) should make the appropriate person aware so that a decision can be made as to the next steps to be taken. No one who is feeling unwell should present to the High Point Theatre or any other competition venue. A medical consideration will need to be made prior to allowing anyone to participate who has symptoms that could be related to COVID or any other communicable condition. If a candidate or CP is confirmed to have such an illness, they must withdraw immediately. The same is true for all other participants to include judges and auditors.

Masks will not be required for anyone who has been vaccinated; however, the wearing of same is certainly an individual decision and therefore anyone who feels the need to wear the mask for protection should certainly feel free to do so.

Should stricter guidelines be imposed by the State of NC prior to or during competition week, we will adjust this protocol accordingly.

Candidates – Miss and Teen

The wearing of masks will be left up to the individual and/or their parent(s)/guardian(s). We will not require social distancing given the recent relaxation of prior mandates. Should a candidate elect to wear a mask while competing judges will be instructed to not allow that to be a negative consideration in their judging of any competition.

Carolina Princesses – Miss and Teen

Given that CPs are not covered under vaccine guidelines at this time, all CPs will be required to wear masks at all times while in the theatre and on stage. Social distancing will not be invoked. CPs should provide the negative test outcome as discussed above.

It is our sincere desire to provide an environment that is safe for all concerned. We understand that due to individual circumstances, some are more anxious than others as it relates to being in public with a larger crowd of people. We encourage everyone to do whatever they need to make themselves feel comfortable and protected. It is our desire to be as supportive as possible. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Viewing Public

If fully vaccinated, the viewing public is free to attend the competitions and not wear masks.  Anyone who has not been appropriately vaccinated is encouraged to wear a mask at all times in the theatre and in the presence of the young ladies involved.  Please follow this requirement so that you do not unduly expose yourself or others to the virus.  The competitors have worked hard and waited a long time for this opportunity.  Let’s make sure to provide them with a chance to complete this process without having to be concerned about being exposed to COVID or other communicable illnesses.

Please contact Phyllis Dunn at 910-890-3468 with any COVID-related questions.


04/09/2021 – The Miss North Carolina Organization announced today that the 83rd Miss North Carolina and the 16th Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen competitions will be held in High Point, NC. All preliminary and finals competitions will be held at the High Point Theater beginning June 24-26, 2021.

Venue Information:

  •  High Point Theater
    • 220 East Commerce Avenue, High Point, NC 27261

Preliminary Competitions:

  • MNCOTeen Prelim #1 — Thursday, June 24 at 3:00PM
  • Miss NC Prelim #1 — Thursday, June 24 at 7:30PM
  • MNCOTeen Prelim #2 — Friday, June 25 at 3:00PM
  • Miss NC Prelim #2 — Friday, June 25 at 7:30PM

Final Competitions

  • MNCOTeen 2021 Finals — Saturday, June 26 at 2:00PM
  • Miss NC 2021 Finals — Saturday, June 26 at 7:30PM

More information will be announced soon regarding hotels, tickets, and other related events.

About the Miss North Carolina Organization

As an official state preliminary associated with the Miss America Organization, the Miss North Carolina 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

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Media Contact:
Jacob Godwin
Miss North Carolina Organization
[email protected]

Virtual Christmas Spectacular Show – December 2020

Celebrate the greatest time of year with the Miss North Carolina Organization! This Virtual Christmas Spectacular Show will feature our reigning Miss North Carolina, Alexandra Badgett, & Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen, Karlee Sanderford; Former Miss North Carolinas and Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teens from years past; and current local Miss and Outstanding Teen candidates vying for the crown in 2021.

Purchase a $25 ticket to receive an exclusive viewing link to tune in virtually on December 12th in the comfort and safety of your home!

Stay tuned as we announce our featured performers and highlight the incredible sponsors who are helping us spread some Christmas magic on December 12th!

Purchase Tickets

The event will be pre-recorded, following all state and health protocols, at McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center in Henderson, North Carolina. Performers will be recorded individually to ensure personal safety in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Miss North Carolina Organization Announces New Board Appointments

The Miss North Carolina Organization is excited to announce the following appointments to its Board of Directors:


Bree Branker Koegel, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Bree is thrilled to serve as Miss North Carolina’s Chairperson of Diversity and Inclusion. Bree spent the last 15 years of her career in New York City as a dancer and fitness professional and has settled with her husband and son in her hometown, Raleigh. She is currently pursuing a degree in government and legal studies from Harvard University Division of Continuing Education. Bree passionately believes that diversity starts at the ground level and looks forward to loudly working towards a more inclusive future for us all.


John Norris, Director of Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen Program

John previously held the position of Executive Director of the Miss Capital City, Miss Clayton, and Miss Cleveland Scholarship Organization, where he founded and served for ten years. His organization was known for creativity and fantastic showmanship, being named Best New Local Preliminary, Outstanding Local of the Year, and multiple Local Production of the Year awards. Over the past decade, his local titleholders earned many Finalist, Top 10, Top 5, and 1st Runner-up placements at Miss North Carolina, as well as two winners of the MNCOTeen crown. Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin, won her first local preliminary title within the “Triple C” family as Miss Capital City 2016. His Miss America Organization efforts started in 1984 with the Miss East Kentucky Scholarship Organization as a dancer. John graduated from Pikeville College with a Bachelor of Music Education, where he attended on a music scholarship. He taught students at the middle school and high school levels, leading bands to state and national championship awards. John currently works in the pharmaceutical industry, managing global clinical trials in oncology.

McNeil Chestnut, North Carolina Educational Scholarship Fund
McNeil is a 47-year veteran of the Miss North Carolina Program with service on three local pageant committees before being chosen a Field Director.  As a Raleigh Jaycee, he joined the State Executive Committee in 1984 and was soon asked to fill the newly created Chief of Field Operations post.  He was ultimately selected as Scholarship Chair and one of the four Associate Executive Directors with responsibilities for local pageant operations, legal and scholarship matters.

McNeil was the founder of the North Carolina Educational Scholarship Fund (NCESF) and successfully qualified this entity as a tax-exempt organization.  It was the first in the Miss America Program and is now followed in more than twenty states.  When he was asked to return to the post of Scholarship Chairman for Miss North Carolina in 2014, he was also elected Chairman of the NCESF Board of Directors.  NCESF annually underwrites over $100,000 in academic scholarship for the Miss North Carolina Program, making it one of the largest state scholarship programs in the nation.

McNeil is an attorney, adjunct professor of fiduciary law and administration at Campbell University, and currently engages in a legislative and government relations practice.

About the Miss North Carolina 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

North Carolina residents, are you interested in earning scholarship?

Candidate Seminars – 2020 Competition Season

Scheduled Seminars: Jul-Aug 2019

What to expect: Learn about scholarships and service opportunities for becoming a local titleholder on your journey to the state level. We’ll have presentations and information to hand out, plus local representatives who can give you all the details on scheduling and competing for a local preliminary competition. 

What to bring: Questions! We love to help educate and spread awareness about how this organization can serve each individual.

For information on upcoming seminars or specific questions about becoming a candidate:

  1. Register as a candidate
  2. Find a local competition and reach out to them for registration information

P.O. Box 17205
Raleigh, NC 27619

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