2020 Invited Guests

Alexandra Badgett

Alexandra Badgett of Denver earned the title of Miss North Carolina 2019 on June 22nd, representing the city of Jacksonville. Alexandra earned over $20,000 in scholarships from her participation with the Miss North Carolina Organization in June. A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Alex’s social initiative, N.I.N.E, No Is Not Enough, aims to deepen the message of the anti-rape anthem “no means no”. As Miss North Carolina, she plans to implement an “EPIC” marketing plan; stressing the importance of educating individuals on preventive measures and public policies, providing survivor outlets, informing students of resources and confirming Title IX Regulations are being followed.

 

Reginal Clemmons

Reginal Clemmons, a Wilmington native, graduated from Williston Senior High School, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics in 1968.

Upon graduation from college, he was commissioned as a Field Artillery Second Lieutenant. He spent a 35-year career in the US Army and was continually nominated and selected for a variety of competitive command and staff positions in peace, peace support, and combat conditions.

His first unit duty assignment was in the Republic of Vietnam. From there he served in numerous locations to include: Fort Carson, Colorado; Republic of Germany; Republic of Korea; Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas; Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Bosnia and Turkey. He held many positions from Forward Observer in Vietnam; Battery Command of 4 Units; Battalion Executive Officer; Brigade and XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery Executive Officer; Battalion Commander in the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg; Division Artillery Commander in the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii; Director of Academic Department at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Assistant Division Commander of the 1st Infantry Division in Germany: Deputy Commanding General of a NATO Headquarters in Turkey; and Deputy Commanding General of the V US Army Corps in Germany. He culminated his assignments in Washington, DC as the 23rd Commandant of the National War College, National Defense University from 2000-2003. Following retirement in 2003, he moved to the private sector and served in numerous Business Development positions in Information Technology.

His military awards include: Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2 awards), Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3 awards), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (6 awards), Army Commendation Medal (3 awards) and the Master Parachutist Badge. He is one of the first inductees into the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Army ROTC Hall of Fame in 1998.

Sheila Ramsey Dail

Sheila Ramsey Dail is a retired flight attendant with American Airlines. She retired with over 40 years of experience as a flight attendant. She was born in Asheville, NC and resides there with her husband, Bill.
Sheila was a flight attendant on USAirways Flight 1549 which successfully ditched in the Hudson River, January 15, 2009. Through the decisive action of the entire crew, all 150 passengers survived.
Through her experience immediately following this flight, Sheila found her purpose- creating a peer support team for her fellow flight attendants with USAirways.

Todd Carignan
2020 Festival Artist

Todd Carignan was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. He attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he received his BFA in Sequential Art and a minor in art history.

Carignan works primarily as a portrait artist and gallery fine artist. His favorite mediums are oils, watercolor, and charcoal. He teaches drawing and painting classes at the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum School, with a special focus on portraiture, figures, and landscapes. Carignan also teaches various drawing and digital classes at DREAMS of Wilmington, a non-profit after school arts education program for children.

Dr. Steven Errante
Azalea Suite Composer

Steven Errante has been the conductor of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra since 1986. He is also the founding conductor of the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra, accompanist for the Girls’ Choir of Wilmington, and also conducted Opera Wilmington’s production of The Merry Widow. Dr. Errante is on the faculty at UNCW, where he teaches music theory, orchestration, and conducting.

With the help of the musicians and board of the Wilmington Symphony, Errante has helped the organization grow in ambition and quality into a thriving advocate for orchestral music in the region.

Dr. Errante is the composer of the new Azalea Suite, a symphony commissioned exclusively for the North Carolina Azalea Festival.