Jones wins Miss Emerald Ridge Outstanding Teen
LEDGER – One area resident is one step closer to the state crown after winning the Miss Emerald Ridge Outstanding Teen Pageant.
The pageant, the first Miss North Carolina preliminary in Mitchell County in two decades, had three contestants – Keelie Jones, of Hendersonville; Allie Stafford, of Spruce Pine; and Maddie Price, of Marion – competing in fitness, talent and evening gown categories.
Jones, the 2018 WNC Outstanding Teen, claimed the crown and moves on to the Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen Pageant April 11, 2019, at the High Point Theater in High Point.
“I am so happy to be Mis Emerald Ridge Outstanding Teen,” Jones said. “I’m glad there is a preliminary pageant back in the area because it’s long overdue. Hopefully, this pageant will encourage participation from more area teens because it’s so beneficial in so many ways.”
Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen Program Director Kevin Driver lauded the Miss Emerald Ridge Pageant.
“These were three great contestants here today,” he said. “This is a good start to a good future for this pageant.”
Reigning Miss North Carolina Laura Matrazzo, of Raleigh, said she is also happy to see a preliminary pageant in Western North Carolina.
“We have spent many years with no little to no recognition in Western North Carolina,” Matrazzo said. “It’s important to give girls around here the opportunity to compete and get scholarship money and gain experience in important community service projects.”
2018 Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen Caroline Credle was also in attendance at the pageant.