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NC State student crowned Miss North Carolina

Johna Edmonds, Miss Johnston County, won the Miss North Carolina 2013 title Saturday night at Memorial Auditorium. (Photo: Miss North Carolina)

Johna Edmonds, Miss Johnston County, won the Miss North Carolina 2013 title Saturday night at Memorial Auditorium. (Photo: Miss North Carolina)

Johna Edmonds, Miss Johnston County, won the Miss North Carolina 2013 title Saturday night at Memorial Auditorium. (Photo: Miss North Carolina)

Johna Edmonds, Miss Johnston County, won the Miss North Carolina 2013 title Saturday night at Memorial Auditorium. (Photo: Miss North Carolina)

RALEIGH, N.C. — An N.C. State master of accounting student was crowned Miss North Carolina Saturday night at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh.

Johna Edmonds won this year’s title and took home the $12,500 scholarship award after a vocal performance of “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone.

The 24-year-old Lumberton resident will go on to compete in the Miss America 2014 competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey this September.

Edmonds is also Miss Johnston County. Her platform is “Readers to Leaders: Promoting Literacy in America’s Youth” to encourage literacy for children at the grassroots level.

Rounding out the final five were second runner-up, Mya Kayler, Miss Mount Holly; third runner-up, Tynia Brandon, Miss Queen City; and fourth runner-up, Brieanna Hester, Miss Greater Carolina.

The rest of the top eleven competitors were Beth Stovall, Miss Goldsboro; Rachel Gebelein, Miss Mecklenburg County; Maggie Nelms, Miss Kinston Lenoir; Victoria Huggins, Miss Fayetteville; Ashley Sanders, Miss Cabarrus County; and Tiffany Payne, Miss Gastonia.

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