A preliminary wreck report showed Allie Rabstejnek, 16, was driving about 65 mph in a 35 mph zone when she went around a curve on Main Street around 10 a.m., lost control and struck a tree.
Rabstejnek was trapped in the car and died at the scene.
A passenger, Joshua Mogensen, 18, was thrown from the car through the rear window and taken to an area hospital. He was treated and released.
Rabstejnek was a junior at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines. The school's principal, Joel County, said she was a popular student who was involved in the marching band and swimming.
"She was just a phenomenal kid – a good role model, a good student," County said. "The school is in mourning. This was a tragic loss."