Beauty in Abundance
Four locals represented Thomasville and the surrounding area in the 2014 Miss North Carolina Pageant from June 19-21 at the Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh.
Victoria Huggins, Miss Central Carolina, finished third runner-up, while Miss Thomasville Kacy Lee took home the honor of being fourth runner-up. The two young ladies made history Thursday night when they were the first sister-queens to tie for the talent award.
In addition to her third-place finish, Huggins also won the Community Service Award, given annually to a participant whose outreach in the community garners the attention of the committee.
“Thomasville and Central Carolina might not have brought home the crown, but we felt like we did,” Huggins said. “We just kept praising God for such a wonderful week.”
For the girls, two awards handed out in Raleigh represented as much excitement as the individual honors. Huggins, Lee, Miss Thomasville Outstanding Teen Hannah Welborn-Lewis and Miss Central Carolina Outstanding Teen Tori Gross earned the Miss Thomasville and Miss Central Carolina scholarship organization award for Local Production of the Year.
Travis Green, the participants’ business manager was handed the Local Volunteer of the Year award.
“Travis is one of those individuals you grow to love upon meeting him,” Huggins said. “When they called out his name, we flipped out. It was wonderful that he was honored for his hard work and dedication.”
Unaware of the Miss North Carolina scholarship organization’s decision until the announcement was made, the participants – and Green – said the overwhelming reaction was a moment to remember.
“That was an honor. I was not expecting it,” Green said. “I was thinking, ‘One day, I might be eligible for that.’ I was not expecting it to happen now at all. I was taken backstage, and I knew something was happening. They called my name for the award. It was an amazing moment for me.
“We won numerous awards and had a fantastic week. The highlight of the week was Kacy and Victoria in the top five. That was the first time in history that we can find that Miss Thomasville and Miss Central North Carolina placed in the Miss North Carolina pageant.”
In total, the four participants earned $6,600 in scholarship funding through the Miss North Carolina Pageant.
“It was an amazing week, and there was a lot of hard work involved,” Lee said. “It was an amazing experience. I cannot wait to go back. I’ve been watching Miss Thomasville since I was two-years-old, so being able to represent Thomasville was an honor.”
Staff Writer Daniel can be reached at 847-9911, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.