15-year-old named Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen

Posted June 28, 2009

— Katherine Puryear, Miss Thomasville's Outstanding Teen, was crowned Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen Friday night at Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall.

Puryear is a rising sophomore and honor roll student at Trinity High School, where she participates in drama.

During the talent portion of the pageant, Puryear performed an acrobatic dance to a selection from the Broadway musical “Cats.” For the physical fitness competition, she wore the same yellow two-piece workout costume that won her a preliminary fitness award earlier this week. During the evening gown and onstage question portion of the pageant, she answered a question about her platform, the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America.

Puryear will compete in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant this August in Orlando. Puryear is the 15-year-old daughter of Felicia Ewings and the granddaughter of James and Barbara Ewings of Trinity.

Other top finishers in Friday’s pageant were:

  • 1st runner-up: Miss Eastern Carolina’s Outstanding Teen Arlie Honeycutt
  • 2nd runner-up: Miss Wake County’s Outstanding Teen Ashlea Arizaga
  • 3rd runner-up: Miss Johnston County’s Outstanding Teen Ciara Ellis
  • 4th runner-up: Miss Mecklenburg County’s Outstanding Teen Maddison Sheppard

The remaining top 11 finalists were Miss Asheville’s Outstanding Teen Kacy Kay Lee, Miss Greater Sampson County’s Outstanding Teen Mary Elizabeth Warren, Miss Midway’s Outstanding Teen Jessica Carter, Miss Central Carolina’s Outstanding Teen Brooklyn Riley, Miss Western Carolina’s Outstanding Teen Brett Carolyn Powell and Miss Stanly County’s Outstanding Teen Nicole Kippes.

Honeycutt also won the Community Service Award.

For the Scholastic Achievement Award, there was a tie between Carrter and Miss Mount Holly’s Outstanding Teen Tiffany Payne.

Morgan Kivett, Miss Anson County’s Outstanding Teen, won the Miss Congeniality Award.


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  • sketch Jun 29, 2009

    such a waste of time

  • bronzegoddess40 Jun 29, 2009

    Congratulations and much success in the future. You are a beautiful young lady.

  • GetRight Jun 29, 2009

    Congratulations Katherine. Be prepared for the "demons" to bring you every opportunity to mess up. Keep your attitude and chin up, your nose clean and your eyes on God. Be aware that that you're fixin' to have more chances to compromise the ideals that have gotten you this far. It will be those very same ideals that will carry you on from here. Don't abandon them now.

    Oh, and when it comes to boys, listen to your mother and grandparents cause you just became an even more prime target for them.

    I wish you all the best!