Garner woman 'in shock' at Miss North Carolina win

Posted June 24, 2012

— A Garner woman attending East Carolina University edged out the woman representing Johnston County to be crowned Miss North Carolina Saturday night.

"It's just spectacular. I'm still in shock," Arlie Honeycutt said on the WRAL Sunday Morning News.

Honeycutt, who was competing as Miss Kinston-Lenoir, won the crown and a $15,000 scholarship at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the 75th year of the statewide pageant.

"It's a legacy of outstanding women, and I have some big shoes to fill, but I'm very excited to get to step into them," she said. 2012 Miss North Carolina pageant 2012 Miss North Carolina pageant

One of the first "congratulations" she got came from another successful Garner native, "American Idol" champion Scotty McCreery. 

"He actually tweeted at me last night, so thank you, Scotty," Honeycutt said. She said they've shared the stage at variety shows in their hometown.

Miss Johnston County Bindu Pamarthi took second place and the Scholarship Award. She will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

A vocal major at ECU, Honeycutt sang "Someone Like You" as her talent. She will put her education on hold to compete in the Miss America pageant next January and to promote volunteerism in appearances throughout North Carolina.

"My platform is 'The Domino Effect,' which aims to inspire volunteerism one person at a time," she said. "I really look forward to traveling around and promoting service here in our state."

Honeycutt said a family friend got her involved in pageants five years ago. The contests, especially the swimsuit competition, can be nerve-wracking, she said, but this year's contestants had fun together.

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"The girls this year were so wonderful. It didn't really feel like a competition," she said. "It was really kind of a lot of fun just to compete alongside them."

Honeycutt's win marked the fifth year in a row that a woman with Triangle ties has been crowned Miss North Carolina: Hailey Best, Miss Durham and a Meredith College student, in 2011; Adrienne Core, Miss Raleigh and a North Carolina State University graduate, in 2010; Miss Raleigh Katherine Elizabeth Southard in 2009; and Amanda Lauren Watson, Miss Garner and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in 2008.

This year, Miss Fayetteville Kaycey Hall took the Miss Congeniality and Children's Miracle Network Maker awards.

Rounding out the top five of the Miss North Carolina pageant were second runner-up Jessie Smith, Miss Tarheel; third runner-up Brooklyne Williamson, Miss Central Carolina; and fourth runner-up Mya Kayler, Miss Queen City. The rest of the top 11 finalists were Miss Concord Emily Huneycutt, Miss Garner Johna Edwards, Miss Goldsboro Blair Mozingo, Miss Greater Sandhills Kensley Leonard, Miss Mecklenburg County Maddison Sheppard and Miss Raleigh Amanda Sowards.

Non-finalist talent winners include Miss Benson Amery Dean Capps, Miss Race City Ashtin Gill, Miss Spivey's Corner Mary Catherine Tucker, Miss Statesville Jordan Rager, and Miss Thomasville Katy Ezzell.

Miss Archdale-Trinity Elizabeth Safrit and Miss Greater Wilmington Alexis Gonzalez tied as the non-finalist interview winners.


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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 25, 2012


    I can't believe anyone still watches or even participates in these things. A REAL woman is more than the way she looks.

    As for those saying it's worthwhile for scholarships, if these beauties were bright enough, and I believe the majority of them probably are, they wouldn't need to parade in bathing suits and evening gowns for a scholarship.

  • OneLove Jun 25, 2012

    Judging from most pageant responses, these scholorships are definitely needed.

  • madamwuf Jun 25, 2012

    It's unfortunate that scholarship pageant winners are obligated to so many appearance activities that their education must go on hold for any length of time.

  • ncteacher22 Jun 25, 2012

    The judges did a great job on this one, Arlie is the kindest, most amazing young lady! She's the real deal. She will represent North Carolina well! Congratulations Arlie!

  • computer trainer Jun 25, 2012

    ABP 2012 (I agree!) Because women need scholarship money and most of it goes to Athletes, so they have to get college money somewhere.

  • OneLove Jun 25, 2012

    Pageants are out dated. They serve no purpose and only encourage competition amongst girls who should be learning how to build each other up. EVERY girl is beautiful in her own way :)

  • tux Jun 25, 2012

    Congrats Arlie!

  • working for deadbeats Jun 25, 2012

    Congrats! ...but why do we have such contests?