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Cary Lad Possesses 'Best Smile in America'

Posted May 2, 2007
Updated May 29, 2007

— Pick up this month's issue of Reader's Digest, and you'll find a little boy from Cary on page 11.

You can't miss him. He's got a great big grin. And that smile is a winner, literally.

Jayce is still smiling two years after his mom, Nora, snapped what is now a famous photo.

Jayce smiled the best smile in America. Reader's Digest said so when it made him the winner of a contest.

There were 1,200 entries. Jayce had two teeth, that beaming, bright-eyed boy with the sandy hair.

“He's always full of character. His facial expressions are so unique,” his mother said Wednesday. “He talks and tells stories, but his face tells so many more stories.”

Nora Kelly had plenty of material to work with for the contest.

“He is very photogenic. I take pictures of him all the time,” she said, including the winning shot that everyone in America can see now.

Jayce and his mom did not win any money for placing first. The contest had no time limit. Jayce is 9 months old in the winning photograph. He's 3 years old now.


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  • LADY1 May 4, 2007

    He looked like is so happy!

  • Baba Booey May 4, 2007

    Way to go Jayce, awesome smile!

    Great national exposure for the Triangle.

  • superman May 3, 2007

    If u dont like the pic be sure not to say anything or you will be reported for "abuse"

  • Jayces Mom May 3, 2007

    A whole-hearted "thAnk You" to all of you who have presented yourselves here with graciousness, maturity and sense! Your kindness and well-wishes are not unnoticed!

  • Sunne May 3, 2007

    After reading posts on WRAL for several weeks, I understand why the world is the way it is. Our society is so self-centered and selfish that we cannot express joy for others in happy situations and can find no empathy for those that suffer tragedies. Whether you agree or disagree with a news story, expressing your point in an articulate manner is the best way to get your point across. Otherwise, you are wasting space and as someone posted recently, “letting your IQ show.”

    I wonder...would you be so quick to spout your intolerant and unsympathetic responses if you were required to provide your true identity? It doesn’t require courage to hide behind anonymity.

    Jayce is a beautiful baby and well-deserving of this award!

  • LaLa-Land May 3, 2007

    Jayces Mommy: Congratulations!!! He is absolutely adorable with that beautiful smile!

    It's common here to have negative comments on every single story, but the comments on this story are just a sad reflection of society.

  • Dixe May 3, 2007

    You can look in the eyes of a child, and tell if they are happy!, and this is one happy boy! What a cutie-patootie!

  • FiveOclocksomewhere May 3, 2007

    What a great picture...everyone wants a happy baby and here is one.
    spitten knowledge...he is a beautiful little boy at the age of 3!!

  • britt May 3, 2007

    you guys are seriously making fun of a little kid's appearance??

  • bike candy May 3, 2007

    That is one happy child with a beautiful smile! He's adorable!! You can't help but smile when you see his smile. I'm appalled how anyone can even think to make a negative comment on this story or this kid. Its unbelievable to me how rude and blind ppl are to when something beautiful is staring them right in the face.