Tori Mathews Low Res

Congratulations to Princess Tori Mathew!


2014 Princess Court Members
From left to right: Amanda Grimes, Catherine Coggins, 2014 Azalea Festival Princess Tori Mathew, Kristen Wheeler, Kayla Jane Smith
Coastal Christian High School  Catherine Coggins 1st Runner Up
Hoggard High School              Amanda Grimes 2nd Runner Up
Coastal Christian High School  Kristen Wheeler 3rd Runner Up
Ashley High School                 Kayla Jane Smith 4th Runner Up


Tori Mathew, a junior from Coastal Christian High School, was crowned the 2014 North Carolina Azalea Festival Princess during the 66th North Carolina Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, March 8th.

The event was held at Kenan Auditorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Tori is the daughter of Rano and Anne Mathew. She and her court were selected from among 21 contestants representing seven area high schools.

Tori has received numerous awards and honors throughout high school. She is the recipient of the Timothy Award for Exemplary Leadership. She has also received Academic Achievement Awards in Honors Algebra II, Honors English II, and AP Psychology. In addition, she has been named MVP for Varsity Cross Country two years in a row. She participates in Honors Show Choir, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and leads a 5th Grade girls’ small group. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, and writing short stories and songs. After her senior year, she would like to earn a PhD in Psychology or attend medical school to become a psychiatrist. She would also like to become fluent in Spanish.

Junior girls from area high schools compete for the title based on a private interview with judges, evening gown competition, and on-stage presentation. BB&T and the Azalea Festival Youth Committee (AYFC) sponsor the North Carolina Azalea Festival Princess. The Princess is the recipient of the Beverly Anne Jurgensen Scholarship Aware, named after the beloved Past President of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. AFYC conducts fundraisers year-round to obtain process for the annual event and to present the pageant.




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1950 Barbara Hatcher (McDonald) 1975 Lynne Marie Williford
1951 Evelyn Bergem (Loftin) 1976 Dean Herring (Bowen)
1952 Mary Catherine White (Gregory) 1977 Leigh Hobbs (Murray)
1953 Mary Francis Davis (Worrell) 1978 Dee Dee Ward (Wright)
1954 Nancy Bates (Martin) 1979 Jackie Everette (Howerin)
1955 Libby Beck (Cameron) 1980 Lisa Pridgen (Tise)
1956 Mary Frances All (Forrester) 1981 Julie Teachey (Teague)
1957 Jukie Seaton (Patterson) 1982 Laura Welch (Butcher)
1958 Linda Kelly (King) 1983 Lori Weeks Boldt
1959 Nancy Stovall (Horton) 1984 Maria Paige Truitt
1960 Frances Wood (Loughlin) 1985 Holly Renee Mayo
1961 Marty Allegood (Furr) 1986 Susan Frances Skelton
1962 Helen Raney (Pinckney) 1987 Patricia Parker
1963 Fredi Crisp (Smith) 1988 Amy Lynn Wolfe (Lovelace)
1964 Wanda Caines (Johnston) 1989 Angela Fipps (Honeycutt)
1965 Kathy Seitter (Swango) 1990 Amy Lennon Queen
1966 Donna Bordeaux (Little) 1991 Stacie Nichole Davis
1967 Susanne Burns (Smith) 1992 Amy Linette Davis
1968 Sarah Mason 1993 Stephanie Dawn Bilodeau
1969 Janet Evans 1994 Bonnie Victoria Warren
1970 Cheryl Fleishman (Issacs) 1995 Sarah Elizabeth Ronan
1971 Paula Davis (Noell) 1996 Nicole Ilona Simcoe
1972 Connie Kearney (Coble) 1997 Elizabeth Arden Harris Carroll
1973 Debbie Fountain (Fugazy) 1998 Lauren Yerby



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2000 Melanie Brooks 2010 Abbey Starling
2001 Jamie Deaver 2011 Hannah Smith
2002 Hannah Manson Mynhier 2012 Julia Lovett
2003 Ashley Patterson 2013 Paxton Webster
2004 Claire Williamson 2014 Tori Mathew
2005 Jannell Upton Dunnaway
2006 Michelle Poulos
2007 Lauren Smith Hill
2008 Joshlynn Starling Justad