Sarah Wallace Strickland and I had a BUSY Saturday on June 4th.  I may be a little partial, but she’s probably the best Carolina Princess that there’s ever been, or ever will be!  She really keeps me in line.  I don’t know what I would do without her to fix my hair, find my jewelry, find my camera, and tell me where I need to be and when.

We started out at the Wade Founder’s Day Parade that morning and then we walked around the festival for a little while after that.

SWS drove us in the parade.

With Senator Meredith at the Festival!

After the parade, we drove to Raleigh for Miss North Carolina’s “Clogging for a Cure” benefitting the V foundation.

At the Clogging for a Cure fundraiser!

Lunch in downtown Raleigh!

It was back home to Fayetteville to attend the Swamp Dogs Baseball Game.  I was singing the National Anthem, and Sarah Wallace was throwing out the first pitch!

At the Game!

Hanging out with the players.

Discussing SWS's pitching strategy...

She out-threw the boys!

About to sing the National Anthem!

With FunGo and Cookie Swampdog!

Even SWS was signing autographs at the game!

Sunday, June 5th was the CMN Telethon in Greenville, NC.  We were able to work at the telethon for 2 hours and then toured the Children’s Hospital.  We were able to see where much of the CMN funding went and how it was used within the hospital.

The ladies at the CMN Telethon!

Thank you Brody School of Medicine!

Some of the ladies outside the Brody School of Medicine.


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Where does the General keep his Armies?…Up his “Sleevies”  Yes, I know it wasn’t the best joke, but it was told to me on one of my visits to Ft. Bragg.  I couldn’t help but laugh after hearing it!

First, I would like to thank Piggly Wiggly of Clinton, NC for raising $2,000 for the Highland’s Chapter of the American Red Cross!  Thank you!  Sarah Wallace Strickland and I went to pick up the check from Mr. Lindsay on May 26th.

Thank you Piggly Wiggly!

Later that evening, the Highlands Chapter of the American Red Cross had their annual volunteer banquet.  I was recognized for being volunteer of the month for March, and I sang the National Anthem!

They presented me with flowers! Thank you!

Sunday, May 29th, I was asked to judge the Mr. Hobbton High School pageant with Miss Goldsboro and Miss Capital City!  Congratulations to Eli Chestnutt, Mr. Hobbton!

With Miss Capital City!

With Malcom, the former Mr. Hobbton!

The judges and Miss Hobbton High School, Taylor!

With Eli, the new Mr. Hobbton!

Wednesday, June 1st, the Miss North Carolina class of 2011 visited Ft. Bragg and did Army simulations, jumped from the parachute tower, and toured the facility.  As Miss Fayetteville, I had an overwhelming sense of pride for everyone to come to “my neck of the woods”!  It was amazing to see how the Army works.  I’m so proud to be from Fayetteville, and to represent the Ft. Bragg area!

With Miss Stanly County on the bus to Ft. Bragg!

Group 1 at Ft. Bragg!

Bri and I are ready to jump!


With Sarah at the Jump Tower!

Our lunch for the day, an MRE! It was actually pretty good!

With Miss Durham in the Hummer!

Our team for the Hummer simulation!

Watch out!!

In front of Iron Mike at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville!




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One month from today, the new Miss North Carolina will be crowned.  What a surreal and exciting moment!  As we finalize preparations and continue to feverishly practice talent, I challenge everyone to sit back, and take a deep breath.  There is life after Miss North Carolina, no matter the outcome.  I do plan to be as prepared as possible for this monumental opportunity.  I’m so blessed to have the best friends, family, committee, and support system, who’ve been behind me the entire way.  Thank you all for your love and help with preparations!

May 14th, Teen Miss North Carolina USA, Nessa McClelland (and a dear friend), hosted a Best Buddies Skating Party at Round-A-Bout Skating Rink in Fayetteville.  Sarah Wallace and I attended to support Nessa and her fundraiser.  I haven’t been on skates in a while, so I was a little shaky to begin with.  I’m am proud to say that I didn’t fall! Sarah Wallace was a professional, however.

With Sarah Wallace, Nessa, and Victoria!

Sarah Wallace and me!

The weekends of May 13th-15th, and the 20th-21st, I was honored to have been in the show “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” presented by the Sampson Community Theatre!  I have loved theatre since I was a little girl, but haven’t had the opportunity to audition in a while.  Fortunately, I was able to audition and captured the lead female role of Christine Colgate in the show!  How great it was to be on stage again!

With the Royal's after the show!

Sarah Wallace came to watch the show!

With Director, Angela Martin, and fellow cast member, Ashley Hartsoe!

During the show

During the show, I love the expressions in this picture!

"You're a wonderful man, Dr. Shuffhousen"

Finale Scene, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Saturday, May 21, I was asked by General (Retired) Kinzer to sing the National Anthem at a memorial dedication for the Red Hat/Red Marker society.  These gentlemen were US Army Airborne members who helped the Vietnamese Airborne during the Vietnam War.  It one of the more emotional appearances as Miss Fayetteville that I’ve been to.  Each appearance I’ve made with the military continues to fuel my passion for my community.

With General (Retired) Jim Shelton at the memorial dedication.

A Platoon from the Vietnamese Airborne came to honor the fallen.

Thank you for your service!

Monday, May 23rd, I was asked to entertain at the Fayetteville Salvation Army’s Kids 2 Kamp fundraiser.  This event raises money to send children to camp during the summer.

"Doing the Most Good"

Tuesday, May 24th, I was asked to sing the National Anthem at a monument dedication at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum for the 19th Special Forces Group.

With Command Sergeant Major Zaiser in front of the monument.

With General Hoyer at the ceremony.

I met a group of 1959 Citadel Alumni who graciously greeted me at the museum!

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I am so thankful for living in the South, and having such beautiful weather!  Since the Azalea Festival, I’ve continued to stay busy not only with appearances, but I have finished my first year of graduate school at NC State University…whew!  April 14th, I helped with a ribbon cutting at the new Candlewood Suites Hotel.  They asked me to sing the National Anthem and cut the cake!  How could I say no to that?

At the Candlewood Suites!

Work Weekend was April 15-16.  I was fortunate enough to draw lucky number 24!  I’m in group C, and will have Evening gown/On Stage Question on Tuesday night, Swimsuit on Wednesday, and Talent on Thursday night.  As you are all aware, devastating storms roared through the state that weekend and caused severe damage.  During Work Weekend, we were rushed to the basement of the Raleigh Convention Center where we waited for the tornado warning to expire.  Work Weekend was postponed for two weeks as the hotel and Convention Center were without power.  Thank goodness everyone was okay!  This is just another reason to become “Red Cross Ready” in the event of a tornado or other natural disaster!

With Adrienne at Work Weekend!

With Elizabeth, about to draw contestant numbers!

Number 24!

Sarah Wallace and me.

Tuesday, April 19th, I was asked to be a special guest at an Eastern North Carolina Gamecock Club meeting.  Although I’m not a USC fan, I felt like an honorary Gamecock after leaving!

Thank you Mr. Hedgecoe!

I may be a little biased, but I think I live in the best town in North Carolina, and the U.S.  Fayetteville citizens are so proud to live in a diverse community, and are eager to help those in need.  Immediately after the tornados swept through the state, the American Red Cross was ready to work!  Sunday after Work Weekend, I volunteered at a busy Highland’s Chapter Red Cross office.  So many were stepping up to be trained in Disaster Relief, and how to properly help victims and their families.

Wednesday, April 20th was an incredibly long 13-hour day.  The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and United Way had a huge drive for money, clothing, food and other items for victims of the tornados.  I held the water jug full of money, and graciously thanked donors for their generous donation to help those in need.  One little boy, Aaron, gave up his Easter Basket to a child who lost their home.  Children were giving their piggy banks full of their savings to help.  It is amazing how everyone can make a difference with a few pennies or a few dollars.  The money donated is used to help pay for lodging, food, and clothing for victims.

With Victoria, ED for the Highlands Chapter of the Red Cross, and Board Member Dr. O!

Thank you!

Being interviewed on abc11!

Congressman Kissel stopped by!

Where would the world be without volunteers?

NBC17 interview!

Great turnout!

Thank you for your generous donation!

She gave her savings!

Thank you to the Omega's!

April 22nd, I judged the Roseboro Salemburg Middle School Talent show!

Sarah Wallace and me!

Miss Spivey's Corner and Miss Fayetteville with Carolina Princesses!

Friday, April 29th I took a trip to Ft. Bragg to thank soldiers who raised $600 for the tornado relief for the Highland’s Chapter.  These soldiers also helped to clean debris from homes.  Our military really is wonderful!!

Thank you AIT!

With heroes from all over the country!

Thank you on behalf of the American Red Cross!

Laughing about something...

Thank you!

Spring in Fayetteville brings one thing to mind–the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival!  I was excited to be a part of the Hogs and Rags charity drive at the Cape Fear Harley Davidson with the Dogwood Queens!

Good Morning!

I picked one out...

WIth the Mayor.

Former Senator Rand and the DA, Billy West!

That evening was the continuation of Work Weekend!  The Princess Party was a BLAST!  I was even able to pull Mr. Raymond out on the floor!

Two Miss Fayetteville's

Shagging with Raymond!

WIth Adrienne and Brittney!

Sister Queens

Friday, May 6th I was asked to sing at an Air Force Officer Commissioning Ceremony.  What an honor!

Before the ceremony.

The Fayetteville Duck Derby was May 7th.  This event gives folks the opportunity to purchase rubber duckies to put in the Cape Fear River to race.  The winner gets a brand new car!  No, sadly my duck didn’t win!

Duck, Duck, GOOSE!

With Elizabeth and our new friend, Riley.

Look what I found!

Slither the Burmese Python

Red Cross table at Fayetteville Duck Derby!

Ready for the race!

Love the Dogwood Girls!

That evening, I was asked to judge the Miss Hobbton Sweetheart Pageant!

With the new queen and her court!

Tuesday, May 10th, I visited Union Middle School where students fundraised for Japan Disaster Relief.  They raised over $600!!

Thank you!!

Wednesday, May 11th, I visited Ben Martin Elementary School with Truman and Kidsville.  The Ben Martin Elementary building was destroyed from the tornados in the area, so children were spread throughout the county to place them in classrooms.

Ben Martin Elementary First Graders!

Truman is a ham!

Thursday, May 12, Truman and I visited District 7 Elementary Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Graders!  They are BIG Kidsville News fans!

Visiting District 7 Elementary!

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I cannot even begin to describe how humbled, honored and blessed I am to represent my community.  These past couple of weeks have truly shown me how much of a difference one person can make.

I had the chance to sing for the “Afternoon of Inspirational Music” at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church in downtown Fayetteville.  My alma mater, St. Ann Catholic School sang at the event, too!  It was great to see them!

St. Ann Catholic School Choir!

Living beside of Ft. Bragg has given me numerous opportunities with the military.  Fayetteville is so proud of our military and everything it means for our country.  I was asked to sing the National Anthem at the 112th Signal Battalion Ribbon Cutting ceremony at their new headquarters.

With Major General (Retired) Bryan

Later that evening, I was the special guest at the National Kidsville Magazine Conference in Fayetteville!

Kidsville Magazine!

March 24th, Elizabeth and I were the special guests at the “Break the Chain against Child Abuse” ceremony.  Several schools were in attendance, and awards were given out to volunteers throughout the community.

With BG Anderson!!

With Dr. Till and Kim Fisher of the School Board.

Each pinwheel represents a child helped by the Child Advocacy Center last year.

That evening I attended my first Military Ball!  The 112th Signal Battalion asked me to sing the National Anthem and attend as a special guest their Annual Ball.  It was incredible!  They made me an honorary member of the Battalion, too!  A big thank you to PFC Andrew Shaw for escorting me that evening!

Thank you Andrew!

Just hanging out with General Mulholland...

With MG(R) Bryan--who is an NC State Graduate!!!

Thank you LTC Daly!

Saturday, March 25th, I was asked to judge a Wing Cookoff for KidsPeace.   Some of them were incredibly hot, some incredibly delicious, and some were not so tasty.

Judges for the Cook Off!!

At the Cook Off!

With the Red Cross Volunteers!!

That weekend I also was Mistress of Ceremonies for the American Girl Fashion show benefitting the Child Advocacy Center in Fayetteville.  This event raised over $50,000!!

Emcee's and Commentators!

That evening, I was honored to sing the National Anthem and entertain at the Miss Greater Cape Fear/Miss Greater Carolina Pageant!  Congratulations to Chelsea Ingram and Brianna Tracy!!

National Anthem

Hey Adrienne!


Monday, March 28th, I was asked to sing at the Ft. Bragg Club for the Wounded Warriors Unit and the American Red Cross!

Singing away...

Tuesday, March 22, I was the special guest speaker at the Ft. Bragg Mutual Credit Union annual banquet.  I spoke about Kidsville News and the opportunities this program gave me to reach out into the community and to visit different schools.

Thank you!!!!

Wednesday, March 30th I judged Mr. FTS!  These guys were hilarious, I love judging high school male pageants!!

Judges and special guests for Mr. FTS!


Thursday, March 31, I visited Alma Easom Elementary School First Graders with Truman and Kidsville!  We talked about being Red Cross Ready and how important it is to be prepared!

Love those hugs...

We Love Kidsville!

With Truman!

April 2nd was my HUGE fundraiser for CMN!  I worked so hard on this project and am very pleased with how everything turned out!  A huge thank you to all of the vendors and sponsors!  This is definitely something I would like to see happen annually!

Ladies at the reception!

Fayetteville Girls!

At the Workshop!

Raymond's Girls!

With Adrienne and Mr. Raymond.

My wonderful Carolina Princess, Sarah Wallace Strickland!

Monday, April 4th I visited TC Berrien Elementary School and spoke with the Kindergarten Classes with Truman!

Speaking about Kidsville...

With Truman!

April 6th-10th I was blessed to be a member of the Azalea Festival Queen’s Court again this year!  What an incredible experience–especially because Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000 was the Azalea Queen!

Arrival into Wilmington!

On the RV!

With Adrienne!

My wonderful Cadet for the week, Brad Strausbaugh!


Roomate for the week!

At the Darius Rucker Concert!

On the way to the Women's and Children's Hospital!

With Mrs. Susan and Bethany at the Hospital!

With Brad at the Hospital.

With Adrienne.

With Heather French Henry!

With Mrs. Bell!

At Lunch!

Ladies on the Battleship!

Watch Out!

Past President's Dinner!

With Adrienne!

Ladies at the Ribbon Cutting for the Garden Party!

Beautiful Azaleas!

Love them!

With Ashley House, former Miss North Carolina!

With Lt. Governor, Walter Dalton.


At the Garden Party!

At the Avett Brothers Concert!

Before the concert!

Matching Dresses!

Ready for the Avett Brothers!


Heather French Henry!

The girls with Macy!!


Queen and Queen's Court!

Saturday Night at the Grand Patrons Party!!!

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March 24, 2011

I love living in North Carolina.  There’s not another state that can compare to our weather, scenery, food, and our folks.  However, I dislike living in North Carolina for a short period of the year–pollen season.  I’m sure many of you are suffering from the blanket of yellow that coats our cars and home, causing you to sniffle and sneeze uncontrollably.  Let me tell you, it’s 10x more difficult to sing while having an allergy attack.  I’ve been singing the “pollen version” of every song this week.  Regardless of the pollen attack, I’ve had an awesome week throughout the community and promoting my platform!

Speaking of platform, the Highlands Chapter of the American Red Cross had a fundraiser hosted by LaFayette Ford on March 19th.  To promote the fundraiser, LaFayette Ford put up a billboard on the busiest road in Fayetteville, Raeford Road.  They decided to put my picture on the billboard, too!  What great publicity for the Red Cross! Here is the billboard:

Meet Miss Fayetteville and donate to the American Red Cross!

In person!

Earlier in the week, I recorded a PSA for my Pageant Workshop Fundraiser at Cumulus Broadcasting.

Thank you Cumulus!

March 18th, I helped the American Red Cross with their “Dine and Donate” event at Chick-fil-a!

Wheel of Food Fortune...

So cute!

That evening, I went to an American Red Cross Tailgate for the Fayetteville Force Football team!

"Hope Can't Wait"

Strike a Pose...

I also sang the National Anthem at the Opening Game of the Fayetteville Force Indoor Football Team!

"Oh say can you see..."


Saturday was the LaFayette Ford event.  Sarah Wallace Strickland and myself had a great time–although would you expect anything different?

With Dr. O!

Thank you LaFayette Ford!

So Generous!

Even SWS donated her own money!

That evening, I attended Miss Spivey’s Corner Pageant.  Congratulations to Brooklyne Williamson!!!

Can't wait for Azalea Festival!

With Raymond and Kim!

Hey Majesta!

Congrats Tori, on an amazing year!

Fayetteville Girls with Alan and Kevin!

Fayetteville Girls

Congratulations Miss Spivey's Corner!

With Adrienne, Miss North Carolina!

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Spring Forward

This past Friday, March 11th,  I was fortunate to be interviewed on My Carolina Today, a local lifestyle show that is filmed in Raleigh.  I was interviewed on the Crosses for Hope initiative that is being pushed in the Cumberland County School System.

With the cast from "Really Rosie", a musical at the Raleigh Little Theatre

With Victoria, the Executive Director of the Highlands Chapter of the Red Cross.

Saturday, March 12, I was asked to sing the National Anthem at Cross Creek Mall for an event supporting Military and their Families throughout the area.  They had so many actvities including a rock climbing wall, a letter writing station to send to soldiers, and the Red Cross was there to promote their services.

With the Cumberland County chapter of Disabled Army Veterans.

Douglas Byrd Color Guard!

The Red Cross is always there...

Cookie SwampDog!

With Radio Personality Vic Jackson!

Writing a letter to a Soldier...

Too Cute!

The Army's Army

That evening, I attended the Miss Capital City Pageant.  Congratulations Olivia Izze, Miss Capital City!!

Sarah Wallace and myself with Miss North Carolina!

Fayetteville girls with Alan and Kevin!

Miss North Carolina Class of 2011!

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March is American Red Cross Month!  Visit to find out how YOU can turn heartbreak into hope.

Wednesday, February 23rd, I visited E. Melvin Honeycutt Elementary School with Truman and Kidsville!  They were so attentive and smart, and of course they loved Truman!  I’m beginning to get a bit jealous of him–just kidding!  Thanks to Mrs. Heil’s First Grade Class for being so welcoming!

First Grade!

Kindergarten and First Grade!

Of course Truman had to join in!

Thank you to the wonderful Teachers!

What a great class.


That evening, I was invited as a special guest to an official University of North Carolina Alumni Event to watch the NC State/Carolina Basketball game–I wore red of course.  This was a fundraiser for the Fayetteville Downtown Alliance.  The Downtown Alliance focuses on revitalization of the downtown area.  I was even interviewed on ESPN radio!  What a great event!

Quacky, from the Fayetteville Duck Derby

Supporting the Downtown Alliance

Defending my team...

All of the staff at Huske Hardware, where the fundraiser was held.

Announcing door prizes...

Thursday, February 24th, I was at Jason’s Deli to help the American Red Cross “Dine and Donate” fundraiser.  15% of the proceeds from all food that day went to the Highland’s Chapter of the Red Cross.

Dine and Donate

Friday, February 25th, I visited my Alma Mater, Cape Fear High School to talk with their HOSA (Health Occupation Student Association) about the American Red Cross with Victoria Raleigh, the Highland’s Chapter Executive Director.  It was great being back in Cape Fear!

Speaking about Red Cross Month"Let me tell you about Red Cross..."

Friday, February 25th, was Kidsville Night at the Fayetteville FireAntz Hockey Game!  Truman and several other local Fayetteville mascots were there too.  All of the children at the game really enjoyed meeting us!


Quacky from the Fayetteville Duck Derby!

Mascots Everywhere!

Girl Scouts!

Kisses from ANThony Ant


She wanted her picture with the "Princess"

Immediately after the game, I rushed over to help present awards at the Cumberland County 4-H ceremony.  These children are so motivated at such a young age, I was incredibly impressed at their compassion for giving back to their community.

Saying a few words about community service...

They gave me a cookbook!

Cumberland County 4-H

With one of the booths!

All of the 4-H'ers!

Signing Autographs...

I love my job.

Saturday, February 26th, Miss North Carolina invited me to attend the Arc of Wake County Annual Gala with her!  Adrienne and I had a great time, this event is a fundraiser for the Arc that is dedicated to helping those with disabilities.  There were so many neat things being auctioned off!


Adrienne and me!

Thursday, March 3rd, I was asked to entertain at the Social Worker of the Year event for Cumberland County.


With Mrs. Pam!

Friday, March 4th, I visited Apex High School.  My friend Scott Lassiter asked me to speak to his Sociology Classes about how one person can really make a difference in society.  Then I had one on one interviews with the students.   It was great to see how they had truly made a difference within their own communities.

Thank you Apex!

Later that evening I judged the Mr. Rockfish Elementary pageant.  Let me tell you, I thought judging little girls was tough–It’s nothing compared to little boys!  They are so cute and mischievous looking!


So handsome!

Future NBA Star...


Mr. Personality!

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I love my job!

Thursday, February 18th,  I was blessed to visit the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville again.  I took Valentine cards made by Eastover Central 3rd grade and passed them out.  The Vets were so appreciative!  It is amazing what a card and a simple “Thank-you” can do.

Outside of the VA

That evening, I was asked to entertain at the Miss FCCLA pageant at my alma mater, Cape Fear High School!

Cape Fear Girls!

Singing away!

Saturday, February 19th, I judged the Beauties and Beaus Pageant in Benson, NC.  It was truly one of the toughest pageants I’ve ever judged!

Rebekah, me, and Brittni--the three judges!

After this pageant, I rushed back to Fayetteville to be in a bridal show for David’s Bridal.  These wedding gowns were gorgeous!

All of the models in the Bridal Show!

After this show, I ran home to change and hopped in the car again to go to the Miss Johnston County Pageant!  Congratulation’s BrieAnna Hester!

Fayetteville Girls and BrieAnna!

NC State Girls

Love this girl!

Sunday, I was asked to attend a Judging Forum to see what the judges are really looking for!  This was held at the Bridal and Pageant Connection in Fayetteville.  I spoke about Community service, and modeled my Swimsuit and discussed what judges look for in swimsuit competition.

With Bea at the Judging Seminar.

Love these girls!


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I love working with Kidsville News Inc!

Wednesday, February 16th, Truman and I went to Stedman Primary School to tell the Kindergarten and First Grade how important it is to read!  Most of the classes used Kidsville already, so they were very familiar with Truman!  Thank you so much Mrs. Faircloth for everything!  Stedman Primary is the best!

With Mrs. Faircloth, the Principal of Stedman Primary School.

Being introduced at the assembly.

Speaking about Kidsville.

Reading Kidsville with Truman! He was the star of the show!

Everyone saying "bye" to Truman and me!

Best. Hugs. Ever.

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