Congratulations to Miss North Carolina USA 2015 Julia Dalton and Miss NC Teen USA 2015 Jane Axhoj!!! (pronounced Axhoy) It was so much fun to watch them win thanks to RPM & the Pageant Vision webcast, you really do get a different sense of the competition when you can see the girls on stage.
Julia was Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008 and second runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2008. She is the second Miss Teen USA 2008 contestant to win Miss NC USA, after Sydney Perry, Miss VT Teen USA 2008, who won the 2012 and coincidentally was co-hosting tonight. Julia is the first former NC Teen USA to win Miss NC USA since Erin O’Kelley, 2001’s Teen, in 2007. She is the third Miss NC USA winner in her family, following her mother Jeannie and sister Kristen, who was also Miss USA 2009. Julia placed second runner-up to Olivia Olvera last year and is the first winner in a decade who had placed in the top five in Miss NC USA before winning. So far Julia is the fourth former Teen crowned for 2015.
Jane was also second runner-up last year and is the first Teen winner who had been a runner-up previously since Julia won Teen in 2008! (Julia was 3RU in the 2007 pageant).
For the second consecutive year, Renee Burrows finished first runner-up. Second runner-up was Cassie Bunner, who was a non-finalist last year! Third runner-up was past Teen runner-up Devin Gant and fourth runner-up was 2013 top ten finisher Morgan Evans. Scroll down for the complete listing of results, I will say I was super surprised that Lindsey Baker didn’t advance to the top ten and that Victoria Vesce didn’t make top five! Kudos to Victoria for calm under pressure, they had two Siberian huskies on stage during the evening gown competition and one decided to wander off as Victoria was walking in evening gown!
In Teen, first runner-up went to newcomer Emily Wakeman who, mark my words, will be a future Miss NC Teen USA! (just hoping she hasn’t aged out). Second runner-up was Eliza Cox, who was top 10 in South Carolina last year, third runner-up went to newcomer Kaitryana Leinbach, whose sister has competed previously in Miss, and fourth runner-up went to 2014 3RU Ashleigh Lenoir. I thought this was an excellent top five, but I would have put top 15 finisher Abrianna Zorzi into the top ten, I loved her!
Julia & Jane celebrate their wins.
Miss North Carolina USA 2015 - Julia Dalton (2RU 14, Miss NC Teen USA 2008, 3RU NC TUSA 07)
1RU: Renee Burrows (1RU 14, T10 13)
2RU: Cassie Bunner (NF 14, SF WV USA 11)
3RU: Devin Gant (3RU NC TUSA 11)
4RU: Morgan Evans (T10 13)
Victoria Vesce (NF 13, 3RU NC TUSA 12, T15 11)
Martika Rush (T10 14)
Johna Edmonds (Miss North Carolina 2013)
Mary Helen Moore
Jessica Lucas (NF 14, T10 NC TUSA 13, T15 12, NF 11)
Lindsey Baker (T10 14, 1RU NC TUSA 12, 2RU 11, T15 10)
Erika Turner (T10 14, T15 13, T10 NC TUSA 09)
Arlene Grady (NF 13)
Congeniality: Brittany Pierce
Photogenic: Victoria Vesce
Swimsuit: Devin Gant
Julia Dalton, Renee Burrows, Cassie Bunner, Devin Gant, Morgan Lucas
Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2015 - Jane Axhoj (2RU 14)
1RU: Emily Wakeman
2RU: Eliza Cox (T10 SC TUSA 14)
3RU: Kaitryana Leinbach
4RU: Ashleigh Lenoir (3RU 14, T15 13)
Taylor Bridges (T10 14)
Selena Price (T10 14, T10 13)
Congeniality: Gabrielle Johnson
Photogenic: Ashleigh Lenoir
Swimsuit: Taylor Bridges
Jane Axhoj, Emily Wakeman, Eliza Cox, Kaitryana Leinbach, Ashleigh Lenoir