Charlotte-area titleholder to step into title left by former Miss North Carolina’s Teen Hanley House who was crowned new Miss America’s Teen in national competition
CHARLOTTE, NC (Jan. 18 2024)
Annika Schneider, Miss Metrolina’s Teen 2023, will succeed Hanley House, the former Miss North Carolina’s Teen who was crowned Miss America’s Teen during the Miss America’s Teen competition last weekend at the Walt Disney Theater in Orlando on Saturday, Jan. 13.
“I am extremely humbled and grateful to be accepting the position,” said Schneider, who will hold the title until the June 2024 state competition in High Point. “When I received the call that I could be Miss North Carolina’s Teen, it was surreal. I cannot wait to embrace the role fully and give North Carolina all that I have to offer!”
Schneider, 18 years old, competed as Miss Metrolina’s Teen at Miss North Carolina’s Teen in June 2023 where she won the preliminary evening gown segment, the wellness scholarship award, and placed third runner-up. Her achievements earned a total of $2,500 in scholarships from the organization. A native of Stanfield, Schneider is enrolled at Pfeiffer University Honors College. As a titleholder, she created her Community Service Initiative (CSI) titled “Read with Me,” promoting reading as an educational and therapeutic opportunity for people of all ages. Schneider will receive the title as the first and second runners-up from the June pageant are still eligible to compete in the 2024 competition.
“In the next six months, I want to expand my CSI, Read With Me, across North Carolina by making appearances in schools across the state,” said Schneider. “I also want to fully support the local titleholders in their journeys while promoting our competition in High Point. I am excited to make the most of the next six months and serve North Carolina.”
Schneider will be crowned during the Miss Queen City and Miss Metrolina Competition on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 6:00 p.m. at Cox Mill High School located at 1355 Cox Mill Road, Concord, NC 28027.
Miss North Carolina’s Teen – the teen division of the Miss North Carolina and Miss America programs, is for young women ages 13-18 and includes fitness, interview, evening gown and talent competitions on the state level. As part of the Miss America’s Teen division, participants in the Miss North Carolina’s Teen program can earn educational scholarships at every level of competition. Since its founding in 2005, Miss America’s Teen has paid nearly $1.5 million in cash scholarships to 200 colleges and universities across the nation in addition to university partners who offer in-kind tuition waivers.
About the Miss North Carolina Organization
As an official state preliminary associated with the Miss America Organization, the Miss North Carolina Organization (MNCO) is a part of the largest scholarship providing organization for women in the world. Promoting an emphasis on academics and communication skills, the MNCO is considered a launching pad for young women to further their academic and career goals. Taylor Loyd currently serves as Miss North Carolina 2023. Hanley House, crowned Miss North Carolina’s Teen 2023, became the first teen from North Carolina to win the national title as Miss America’s Teen 2024. For more information about volunteering or competing, please visit www.missnc.org.