Miss Thomasville’s Outstanding Teen Kylee Russell claimed second runner-up in the Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen pageant held Friday at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
A Randolph County teen — Hannah Welborn Lewis who competed as Miss Rowan County — earned third runner-up.
During the pageant, Russell became the first double preliminary winner. One night after winning the Lifestyle and Fitness category, the rising junior at First Assembly Christian School won the Talent Award for her lyrical dance to “Home on the Range.”
Emili McPhail, Miss Fayetteville’s Outstanding Teen, took home the top honor as Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen.
McPhail, a rising senior at Midway High School in Newton Grove, was chosen from a field of 33 competitors. McPhail turned in a strong piano performance of “All Of Me” by Jon Schmidt in the final competition to win the crown.
The daughter of Norman and Kelli McPhail of Roseboro, she chose as her platform “G.R.E.A.T. (Groceries Reaching Every American Today),” a program to combat hunger at the local level by working with area food banks and participating in a CROP hunger walk.
The other top five finalists were Miss Goldsboro’s Outstanding Teen Emma Carter, fourth runner-up; and Miss Queen City’s Outstanding Teen Kaelyn Embler, first runner-up.
Rounding out the top ten were Miss Lake Norman’s Outstanding Teen Payton Walker; Miss Johnston County’s Outstanding Teen Alexis Massengill; Miss Greater Sandhills’s Outstanding Teen Kathryn Payne; Miss Wilmington’s Outstanding Teen Kyndall Westerbeek; and Miss Greater Carolina’s Outstanding Teen Morgan Hendrix.