RALEIGH -- The state of North Carolina has a new Miss America pageant representative after crowning Miss North Carolina 2013 at Memorial Auditorium.
Johna Edmonds, Miss Johnston County and a master of accounting student at N.C. State University, took home the crown Saturday.
She wowed the judges with her rendtion of "Feeling Good," and inspired them with her platform, "Readers to Leaders: Promoting Literacy in America's Youth." Edmonds beat out Miss Capital City, Jessie Smith, to take home the $12,500 scholarship award. Smith won $3,500.
The Lumberton resident finished ahead of 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.
Edmonds will put her education on hold to prepare to compete in Miss America 2014 in Atlantic City, NJ.
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