ALBEMARLE – A Campbell University sophomore will represent Stanly County in the Miss North Carolina Pageant in June 2018 while a West Stanly junior will compete for the county in Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen pageant.
Megan Frick, of Norwood, is Miss Stanly County 2018. Frick, 19, took home the crown Saturday night at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center in Albemarle. The competition for Miss Stanly County included the traditional five phases of Miss America competition: lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, evening gown, private interview, talent, and on-stage questions. Frick performed on the guitar and sang for the talent competition, and her community service platform is “Project Semicolon,” a suicide prevention program, which framed some of her interview and on-stage questions. Her parents, Chris and Sandra Frick, are both deceased.
“As Miss Stanly County, I will be an advocate for those suffering from mental health problems,” Frick said. “Using my own experience with my father, who committed suicide, I can connect with those going through similar circumstances. This is my way to give back and use my life experience to help others.”
In evening gown, Frick wore a floor-length red gown. Frick received a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by country music singer and Stanly County native Kellie Pickler. Pickler was Miss Stanly County 2004. Miss Stanly County also receives a $1,000 in-kind scholarship to Pfeiffer University, a $500 wardrobe allowance, and various prizes and allowances from local vendors and sponsors.
Frick was crowned by the outgoing Miss Stanly County 2017, Tiffany Smith of Albemarle, who won the non-finalist talent award at Miss North Carolina 2017.
Mackenzie Page is the new Miss Stanly County’s Outstanding Teen. She is 16 and is the daughter of Darryl and Kim Page of Stanfield. Page’s community service platform is titled “Links of Kindness” and is based on helping educate people on working together to find ways to be kind to others. On selecting her platform, Page said, “After seeing a bulletin board at my school that said, ‘Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future,’ I knew I wanted to be the kind of person others looked at as being someone who was kind and giving.” She said it is her “goal is to show people there are ways to show kindness to others and this may be the strength they need to overcome a bad situation.”
Page performed a lyrical dance in the talent competition and received a $250 cash award and a $500 wardrobe allowance in addition to a prize package. She was crowned by the outgoing Miss Stanly County’s Outstanding Teen, Lindsay Spada, of Charlotte, who attends Gray Stone and was the non-finalist interview winner at Miss NC’s Outstanding Teen pageant this summer.
Frick and Page will serve the Stanly County Community and have the chance to compete at the state level at the Miss North Carolina Pageant in Raleigh next summer. The winner of Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen go on to compete in Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, respectively.
The first runner-up for Miss Stanly County was Karie Grace Shields, 18, of Albemarle. She is the daughter of Tommy and Vanessa Shields of Albemarle and is a freshman at Pfeiffer University. She received a $300 scholarship.
The first runner-up for Miss Stanly County’s Outstanding Teen was Cassidy Stoltenberg, 16, of Southern Pines. She is the daughter of Molly Stoltenberg of Southern Pines and Jackie Dean Stoltenberg of California and is a sophomore at Southern Pines High School. She received a $100 cash award.
Erika Molinet, a Georgia native and student at Pfeiffer University, was Miss Congeniality in the Miss Stanly County Pageant and Chloe Castles of Wilmington was the teen congeniality winner. Both received a $50 cash award and a trophy.
Miss Stanly County and Miss Stanly County’s Outstanding Teen can be booked for appearances through the pageant’s executive director, Starla Whitley of Oakboro, at firstname.lastname@example.org.