Miss North Carolina's Teen 2023
“Since I was a very young girl, the Miss America Opportunity has always been a part of my life. I grew up with mentors such as McKenzie Jade Faggart, Kylee Russell, Karson Fair, and so many more. I grew up wanting to be just like each of them. I wanted to serve the state of North Carolina with beauty and grace just as they had.”
Miss North Carolina's Teen 2023
On January 27, 2024, Annika Schneider was crowned the 19th Miss North Carolina’s Teen by Miss America’s Teen 2024, Hanley House. Schneider, stepping into the role of Miss North Carolina’s Teen 2023 mid-year, is a shining example of the transformative power of resilience and dedication. Her journey has been sparked by the influence of esteemed titleholders like McKenzie Jade Faggart (Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen 2011 and Miss North Carolina 2016) and Karson Fair (Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen 2014). Annika’s journey has mastered balancing academic pursuits as an AP Capstone graduate from Gray Stone Day School in Misenheimer, NC and a student in the Honors Program at Pfeiffer University with the passion for pageantry. Her impressive titles, including Miss Stanly County’s Outstanding Teen 2022 and Miss Metrolina’s Teen 2023, are a testament to her commitment and talent. Leading her “Read with Me” initiative, Annika emphasizes the significance of reading in education and therapy, bringing a unique perspective to her advocacy. After placing in the Top 11 in her initial state competition, her unwavering determination led her to ultimately succeed on the pathway take on the prestigious title. Embracing her role with humility and gratitude, Annika is set to make a profound impact as Miss North Carolina’s Teen, exemplifying hope, faith, and a bright future.
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In Her Own Words:
“After Harley Tilque’s crowning I was inspired to begin my journey to attaining a state title. I competed in the Miss Stanly County pageant and was crowned that night. The scholarships I earned that night led me to consider Pfeiffer University as an option to further my education, two years later I am a student in the Honors Program at Pfeiffer. I was able to become a top 11 finalist in June of that year. I felt as though I was able to get my “rookie” year under my belt and wanted to go back to Miss North Carolina’s Teen for the following year. I quickly recognized that this would be my last year of eligibility as a Teen in the program.
In January of 2023, I was crowned Miss Metrolina’s Teen. I started prepping more than ever to become Miss North Carolina’s Teen and compete in June. I took every piece of advice I was given and worked diligently to not only improve what I was presenting during the competition but also grow as a person. At the state competition I placed 3rd runner-up, received a preliminary evening gown award, as well as a wellness scholarship. Although I was saddened by the results since it was the last time I was able to compete as a Teen I was extremely proud of my performance. I did not walk away with the crown but I knew that I had walked away with so much confidence, growth, self-care techniques, and most of all a deeper sense of who I was as an individual.
The Monday after Hanley House was crowned Miss America’s Teen I received a call that I was being offered the opportunity to become Miss North Carolina’s Teen. I immediately thought of the verse, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God knew the plan all along and He had a much greater plan than I could have ever imagined. Becoming Miss North Carolina’s Teen is a humongous blessing and I am so thankful for God’s perfect timing and everyone that has supported me along the way.”
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