The Miss North Carolina organization has chosen a resident of Fayetteville as its new executive director.
Susan Williams, 64, who sits on the Cumberland County board of directors, was selected on Monday by the board of directors of the Miss North Carolina organization.
The board of directors of the Miss North Carolina Organization has nine members.
“I felt a little overwhelmed, but I have an amazing board that (works) with me,” she said. “The initial shock has faded.”
In 1977, Williams won Miss Spivey’s corner, a preliminary competition for Miss North Carolina. Williams went on to secure a top 10 spot in the competition as a finalist out of nearly 55 applicants.
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Since then, Williams has served as business manager, secretary and judge chair for Miss North Carolina.
“We are preparing young women for the world, and we are doing it in different ways,” she said. “But more than that, providing scholarship money opportunities.”
Williams, a former teacher for nearly 35 years, said the young women who compete learn interviewing, resume building, community outreach and public speaking skills.
This year, $ 107,000 in scholarships was awarded to Miss North Carolina candidates, she said.
The Miss North Carolina Organization and the North Carolina Educational Scholarship Fund are planning to provide more than $ 100,000 in scholarships to applicants in the 2022 competition.
Miss North Carolina 2021 Carli Batson took home $ 20,000 in the purse, Williams said.
The 86th Miss North Carolina Competition, a preliminary competition for Miss America, will be held in June at High Point.
For more information on volunteering or competing in Miss North Carolina, visit missnc.org or to volunteer or participate in the Miss Fayetteville Scholarship Contest, visit missfayetteville.com.
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