Crowning Glory!  The Tradition Continues

By Musicworks Studio | Nov 16, 2012
Photo by: Donated photos (Above) Miss Asheville’s Outstanding Teen is Brynna Sinyard, a sophomore at Tuscola High School. Pictured below is Miss Blue Ridge Valley’s Outstanding Teen, Jessica Clifford, a freshman at Tuscola High School.

On Saturday, Nov. 3rd Miss America preliminary competitions were held in Asheville at the Asheville Event Centre. The 64th Miss Asheville and the 7th Miss Blue Ridge Valley were crowned. In addition, Miss Asheville’s new Outstanding Teen and the very first Miss Blue Ridge Valley’s Outstanding Teen were also crowned. “Miss” contestants were judged on interview skills, talent, commitment to their service platform, swimsuit, and evening wear. Outstanding teen contestants were judged on all of the above except swimsuit. Instead of swimsuit competitions, teen contestants participated in fitness competition.


The new Miss Asheville, Katie Knowles, is a junior at Appalachian State University majoring in Public Relations and Dance Studies. Her service platform is the Confidence Coalition which supports bringing awareness to many issues affecting the confidence of women and girls. Katie performed a modern ballet en pointe to an instrumental rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.”


The year’s Miss Blue Ridge Valley, Tori Hunter, is from Sapphire Valley and attends NC State University majoring in Biology and Pre-Dental. Tori is the first young lady to receive this title in 25 years. Her service platform is Mentoring Youth which helps teens set positive goals for their future. Tori performed a salsa tumbling routine to “I Just Want to be Happy.”


The newly crowned Miss Asheville’s Outstanding Teen is Brynna Sinyard. Brynna is a sophomore at Tuscola High School and the daughter of Don and Alyssa Sinyard of Waynesville. Brynna’s service platform is Girls on the Run which works to improve the self esteem of young girls. Brynna performed a vocal selection entitled “Believe in Me” from the Disney musical, TWICE CHARMED. She was also awarded trophies for placing first in both the “Fitness” and “Talent” categories.


Finally, the first ever Miss Blue Ridge Valley’s Outstanding Teen crown was awarded to Jessica Clifford. Jessica is a freshman at Tuscola High School and she is the daughter of Ms. Lisa Clifford of Maggie Valley.. Her service platform is Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation which works to prevent animal euthanasia. Jessica performed a tango acrobatic dance to “Tanguera.”


Entertainment for the evening was provided by MUSICWORKS STUDIO OF PERFORMING ARTS with song and dance production numbers from the stage show, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. The Advanced Musical Theater Ensemble performed “We're All in This Together” and “Bop to the Top” was presented by a select group of eight singer/dancers (ages 8-10) who form the group “8-Count”. The students of MusicWorks are under the direction of former Miss Blue Ridge Valley('86) and Miss Asheville ('92), Lynne Wells-Meyer. Assistant director of the production routines was Mr. Cord Scott.


Several former Miss Asheville/Miss Blue Ridge Valley titleholders attended and participated in the evening's events including Kelly Brown-Mullinix and Nicole Ledford who shared the podium as co-emcees, and Anita (Knight) Luis-Diaz who dazzled the audience with a powerful vocal tribute to the Veterans.


The four newly crowned titleholders will represent the mountain region at the Miss North Carolina state pageant which will be held in Raleigh in June of 2013. The preliminary titleholder who captures the crown of Miss North Carolina will go on to compete in the Miss America Sholarship Pageant. The young lady who is selected as Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen will also compete in the national competition to be held in August in Orlando, Fl. Each of the preliminary titleholders will be accompanied to Raleigh by a young girl between the ages of 6-12 years old who was selected to serve as Carolina Princesses for the Miss Asheville/Miss Blue Ridge Valley court. These young ladies are Olivia Eberhardt (6) of Asheville; Betsy Jones (11) of Cary; Keely Cherry (10) of Waynesville; and Reagan Mulvey (8) of Maggie Valley. The Carolina Princess Program was established as a mentoring program for young ladies who may be interested in competing in the Miss America program as they get older. All of the Carolina Princesses throughout the state will attend the events at the Miss North Carolina pageant along with their local title holders and will participate in the pageant's opening production number and all press events with the preliminary titleholders. The Carolina Princesses will also be involved in their own events during the pageant week and one young girl will be crowned Miss North Carolina's Carolina Princess and a second participant will be crowned Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen's Carolina Princess.


Whether you want to become a doctor or a dancer, an accountant or an architect, the Miss North Carolina Pageant, an official preliminary to the Miss America Organization, has an opportunity that will help bring you closer to achieving your goals. To become Miss America, a contestant must first win a local competition and then compete to represent her state, a process requiring personal commitment, hard work and talent. A woman may compete as a state titleholder only once at the national Miss America competition. More than thirteen thousand young women participate each year in the local and state events, culminating in the selection of 53 national finalists who vie for the Miss America title in Las Vegas. Tens of thousands of volunteers organize the local and state preliminary competitions, promoting community involvement throughout the United States and furthering scholarship and achievement among young women in their communities. If you are interested in getting involved in the pageant organization, please visit for eligibility guidelines and a list of all local preliminary pageants.

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