Crowning achievments

Sampson County and its citizens have many things in which to be proud. Among them is Victoria Huggins, our 2017 Miss Greater Sampson County and now the 80th Miss North Carolina.

Although Huggins is not a native Sampsonian, her time representing us in her pageant role showed us that she was, indeed, a great ambassador for our county and just an all-around wonderful young woman with a heart bigger even than this wonderful place she was representing.

Much like our own Kate Peacock, the 2015 Miss North Carolina, Huggins exudes compassion, a strong belief in God, a tremendous love of family and a passion for the projects she wholeheartedly supports. All are attributes that are very important aspects of life in Sampson County and representative of many of the people who were born and raised here.

All it takes is a look at Huggin’s passion and hard work for Alzheimer’s research and awareness to know the deep-seated care she has for her fellow man. For several years now, Huggin’s platform has been tied to Alzheimer’s and particularly to the way music can help bring back memories for those suffering from the disease. That, in itself, is appropos considering Huggins’ love of music and the tremendous vocal talent she has, yet another reason we believe judges selected her to represent North Carolina this year.

She has spent countless hours promoting her ALZ project, walks to raise money for that project and awareness of the disease that impacts so many, showing a tenacity we applaud and recognize in so many others right her in our midst.

“I am so proud of Victoria,” noted Angela Martin, executive director for the Miss Greater Sampson County pageant, in a recent interview with The Sampson Independent. “She is a hard-working young lady who is kind, genuine, humble and a joy to work with. Victoria is truly a young lady that exemplifies the four points of the Miss America organization — scholarship, style, service and success. I am beyond proud to know that I was able to have her as our representative in the Miss North Carolina pageant and that she represented the people of Sampson County with grace, style and elegance.”

It will be that same grace, style and elegance that will now make Huggins a tremendous Miss North Carolina and a strong contender for Miss America.

Sampson County was already rooting for Huggins. One look at social media during last weekend’s pageant spoke volumes about the way people here feel about our queen.

We’ve no doubt that wholehearted Sampson County support will follow her now to the Miss America pageant and beyond. We thank Huggins for representing us so well as Miss Greater Sampson County, we applaud her Miss North Carolina win and we wish her the best as she vies for the Miss America title.

We’ll be pulling for you Victoria, and we will be praying for a year of success and safety as you begin your new role. We’ve no doubt you will represent us well wherever you go and whatever title you may hold.

New Miss NC makes us proud