Congratulations to Princess Lilly Kays!
Lilly Kays, a junior from John T. Hoggard High School, was crowned the 2016 North Carolina Azalea Festival Princess during the 68th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, March 12th. The event was held at Kenan Auditorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Lilly is the daughter of Dr. Charles and Carol Kays. She and her court were selected from among 23 contestants representing 8 area high schools.
The court members include the following: 1st Runner-Up from John T. Hoggard, Leah Avant, 2nd Runner-Up, from Cape Fear Academy, Wilker Ballantine, 3rd Runner-Up, from E.A. Laney High School, Micaela Cortner, and 4th Runner-Up, from South Brunswick High School, Grayson Dodd Burnett.
Lilly is on the A Honor Roll and is the recipient of numerous awards in Cross Country and swimming. She is Captain of the Cross Country team and has lettered in that sport for three years. Lilly is President and Student Founder of Girls Learn International, a member of the Beta Club, and a National Student Leadership Conference Attendee. She is active in her church and community, serving on the Azalea Festival Youth Committee for 3 years. She enjoys spinning along with running cross country and track. She also loves to travel domestically and internationally. Lilly would like to attend the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University to major in International Relations or Studies.
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 (AFYC) sponsor the NC Azalea Festival Princess. The Princess is the recipient of the Beverly Anne Jurgensen Scholarship Award, named after the beloved Past President of the NC Azalea Festival. AFYC conducts fundraisers year-round to obtain proceeds for the annual event and to present the pageant.
Official Stylist for our Royalty: Isabella Grape
|1949||Marguerite Todd (Fornes)||1974||Wende Fox (Lawson)|
|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|
|1999||Danita Davis||2009||Zelle Brown|
|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||2015||Haleigh Somberg|
|2007||Lauren Smith Hill|
|2008||Joshlynn Starling Justad|