More than 70 young women compete for spots at Miss America, Miss America’s Teen national pageants

HIGH POINT (June 29, 2024) – The Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina’s Teen preliminary competitions continued at the High Point Theatre yesterday evening. More than 70 contestants from across the Tar Heel state competed in the second night of preliminaries to qualify for the final competition on Saturday, June 29 which will lead two young women to the Miss America and Miss America’s Teen national pageants.

Miss North Carolina Preliminary Winners:

  • Miss Preliminary Talent Award for a $1,000 scholarship provided by Funded by David Clegg, President and Chairman of the MNCO Board of Directors resulted in a three-way tie, including:
    • Brooke Tomberlin, Miss Stanly County from Locust, NC who sang “The Story I’ll Tell.”
    • Hannah Welborn-Lewis, Miss Blue Ridge Valley from High Point who performed a contemporary clogging routine to “Bad.”
    • Kate White, Miss Charlotte Mecklenburg from New London, who sang, “Maybe This Time.”
  • Miss Preliminary Evening Gown Award for a $1,000 scholarship by Mike Golden, Vice President of the MNCO Board of Directors & Deborah Golden was Carrie Everett, Miss Johnston County. Earlier in the week, Everett also took home a preliminary talent award.

Miss North Carolina’s Teen Preliminary Winners:

  • Teen Preliminary Talent Award for a $500 scholarship provided by Elizabeth Taylor Williams, Miss North Carolina 1982, is Lauren Burgess, Miss Metrolina’s Teen of Charlotte, who performed a jazz dance to Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous.”
  • Teen Preliminary Evening Gown Award for a $250 scholarship is Kamryn Hollowell, Miss Statesville’s Teen who hails from Clayton.

Final competitions for Miss North Carolina’s Teen and Miss North Carolina begin on Saturday at 2:30PM and 7:30PM, respectively. All on-stage preliminaries and finals will also be available for streaming online. To learn more about individual candidates, please visit the Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina’s Teen Class of 2024 contestant biographies.

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 MNCO is considered a launching pad for young women to further their academic and career goals. Taylor Loyd, a Top Ten Finalist at Miss America currently serves as Miss North Carolina 2023 and Hanley House served as Miss North Carolina’s Teen 2023 before becoming Miss America’s Teen. Annika Schneider currently serves as Miss North Carolina’s Teen. For more information about volunteering or competing, please visit

About the Miss America Brand

The Miss America brand mission is “Empowering Women to Lead” in every area of life from philanthropy, business, arts, politics, education and more. Miss America and Miss America’s Teen local and state ambassadors contribute thousands of community service hours annually, raising funds for philanthropic partners. For more information follow on InstagramFacebook and Twitter/X.


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Lenn Long

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