Sampson queens shine during Miss NC prelims

Sampson County’s Wayne Edwards, center, was presented with the 2015 Local Volunteer of the Year award for over 40 years of service to the Miss Spivey’s Corner Pageant during preliminaries at the Miss NC pageant Thursday night.

On Thursday, Miss Spivey’s Corner, Rahmeka Cox, tied for swimsuit winner during preliminaries.

Miss Spivey’s Corner’s Outstanding Teen McKenzie Hansley took home the Evening Gown/On-Stage Question award during preliminaries Wednesday night.

RALEIGH — Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium was filled with excitement as preliminaries continued for the Miss NC and MNCOTeen 2015 pageants. Miss Spivey’s Corner Rahmeka Cox and Miss Statesville Katie Knowles tied for the Lifestyle and Fitness award, while Greater Sampson County’s Emily Tucker garnered the evening’s Talent award.

Miss Johnston County’s Outstanding Teen, Whitley Naylor, was awarded the MNCOTeen Evening Gown and On-Stage Question Award. Miss Greater Sandhills’ Outstanding Teen, Megan Huff, took home the Talent Award for the MNCOTeen division.

Wayne Edwards, of the Miss Spivey’s Corner program, was named the local volunteer of the year for 2015.

Kelli McPhail was also honored with an Outstanding Service award for her involvement with the MNCOTeen organization.

Rosewood Arts Program was recognized by Miss North Carolina 2014 Beth Stovall for fostering her love of creative arts and for their fundamental support in the development of her personal platform, Art in Soul.

On Wednesday night, The Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant kicked off its annual competition with its first two preliminary competitions. Miss Union County’a Outstanding Teen Blair Brown garnered the preliminary Talent award, and Miss Spivey’s Corner’s Outstanding Teen McKenzie Hansley took home the Evening Gown/On-Stage Question award.

The Miss Queen City/Metrolina pageant program was honored Wednesday night as the local production of the year within the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant Program.

The Sponsor of the Year award was presented to Kayla Hollingsworth in honor of her father, Ted Hollingsworth of Line Design Graphics, a graphic design, professional videography and photography and apparel design company located in Greensboro.

The five finalists for the Quality of Life award, which honors pageant contestant’s community service platforms, were also announced. They are Miss Greater Southeastern Victoria Huggins for “The Alz Project”; Miss Garner Rachel Chavez for “Commit, Don’t Quit”; Miss Greater Sampson County for “United We Stand, Together We Serve”; Miss Johnston County Alissa Anderegg for “Alzheimer’s Awareness”; and Miss Capital City Kacy Lee for “Stand Up to Stand Out.” The winner will be revealed at Saturday evening’s final event.

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, the official media sponsor of the Miss North Carolina pageant, will live-stream Miss preliminaries on beginning at 7:30pm starting Wednesday though Friday. Miss North Carolina finals will be televised live on TWC SportsChannel 323 and on June 20th starting at 7pm. For more information about the 2015 Miss NC Pageant, please visit

As an official state preliminary associated with the Miss America Organization, the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant 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 Pageant is considered a launching pad for young women to further their academic and career goals. For more information about volunteering or competing, please visit