Photos of the Year: 2016 Winners: POY: Runner Up: 2017_poy_12_02_25

POY: Runner UpMadeline Gray, North State Journal Contestants from across North Carolina gather each year to compete in the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant. In a flash of sequins and a cloud of hairspray, the women showcase their gowns, talents and interview skills. On stage they compete fiercely for the crown, but backstage the women gather together to support one another through tears, smiles and prayers.

POY: Runner Up

Madeline Gray, North State Journal

Contestants from across North Carolina gather each year to compete in the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant. In a flash of sequins and a cloud of hairspray, the women showcase their gowns, talents and interview skills. On stage they compete fiercely for the crown, but backstage the women gather together to support one another through tears, smiles and prayers.