Local competition awards scholarships, crowns

L-R: Cylee Fogleman, Julia Deserio, Emily Muse and Colleen McDermott

Muse, Desario are headed to Miss North Carolina

PINEHURST — Two women earned scholarships and a chance to compete for the title of Miss North Carolina — and possibly Miss America — after a competition Saturday night in Moore County. Emily Muse of Carthage was crowned Miss Moore County and Julia Deserio of Shelby was crowned Miss Sandhills.

The Bradshaw Performing Arts Center at Sandhills Community College was the host site for a local preliminary competition within the Miss North Carolina system that saw 16 women compete for scholarships and crowns over the weekend. Four women competed for Miss Moore County and four for Miss Sandhills while six competed for two Outstanding Teen titles.

Emily Muse during the Red Carpet competition for Miss Sandhills (David Sinclair/For the North State Journal)

Muse, who previously held the title of Miss Greater Sandhills in 2018, is a 2017 graduate of Union Pines. Her talent was a jazz vocal and her social impact initiative was “Mind Your Media.” She is a 2021 graduate of Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

Muse is a recruiting assistant for Appalachian State University football. She also previously held the title of Miss Cleveland.

First runner-up was Bryana Carrington, who is a former Miss Sandhills.

Julia Deserio performs during the talent competition for Miss Moore County (David Sinclair/For the North State Journal)

Julia Deserio took home the title of Miss Sandhills. Her talent was a classical vocal and social impact initiative was “Art: the Highest Form of Hope.”

Deserio is a graduate of Gardner Webb University with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She is a music teacher at Crest Middle School in Shelby.

First runner-up was Riley Pingree.

The Miss Moore County Outstanding Teen winner was Colleen McDermott of Apex. Her talent was Irish  dance and social impact initiative was “Going Green with Colleen.” She is a freshman at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh.

The Miss Sandhills Outstanding Teen winner was Cylee Fogleman of Hillsborough. Her talent was dance and her social impact initiative was “Nobody’s Perfect.” She is a a junior and is homeschooled. First runner up was Birlyn Roberts




By Moore County Staff

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