North Carolina Azalea Festival


Grace Tibbett

Grace Tippett, a junior from New Hanover High School, was crowned the 2018 North Carolina Azalea Festival Princess during the 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, March 3rd.  Grace is the daughter of Jeff and Kinzy Tippett. She and her court were selected from among 22 contestants representing 7 area high schools, as well as the Home School Community.  The court members include the following: 1st Runner-Up from Coastal Christian High School, Claudia Webb, 2nd Runner-Up, from Isaac Bear Early College, Jamie Barricelli, 3rd Runner-Up, also from New Hanover High School, Reagan Radford, and 4th Runner-Up, from the Home School Community, Caroline Shaver.

At New Hanover, Grace is in the Lyceum Academy. She is also involved with yearbook, Beta Club, Key Club and Varsity Cheerleading.  Outside of school, she is a competitive dancer with FoxTroupe Dancers at South East Dance Academy, and she enjoys being an assistant dance teacher at DREAMS of Wilmington. Aside from dance, Grace also enjoys fashion and writing. She plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to pursue a major in multimedia journalism. After college, she hopes to impact her community by writing for a fashion magazine or news publication.

Junior girls from area high schools compete for the title based on a private interview with judges, evening gown competition and on-stage presentation.  BB&T sponsors the NC Azalea Festival Princess.  The Princess is the recipient of the Beverly Anne Jurgensen Scholarship Award, named after the beloved Past President of the NC Azalea Festival.  

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Junior high school students from area high schools compete in this annual Scholarship Pageant based on a private interview with judges, evening gown competition, and on-stage presentation. The winner is the recipient of the Beverly Anne Jurgensen Scholarship Award, named after the beloved Past President of the North Carolina Azalea Festival.

Official Stylists for our Royalty: Camille’s of Wilmington





1949 Marguerite Todd (Fornes)   1974 Wende Fox (Lawson)
1950 Barbara Hatcher (McDonald)   1975 Lynne Marie Williford
1951 Evelyn Bergem (Loftin)   1976 Dean Herring (Bowen)
1952 Mary Catherine White (Gregory)   1977 Leigh Hobbs (Murray)
1953 Mary Francis Davis (Worrell)   1978 Dee Dee Ward (Wright)
1954 Nancy Bates (Martin)   1979 Jackie Everette
1955 Libby Beck (Cameron)   1980 Lisa Pridgen (Tise)
1956 Mary Frances All (Forrester)   1981 Julie Teachey (Teague)
1957 Jukie Seaton (Patterson)   1982 Laura Welch (Butcher)
1958 Linda Kelly (King)   1983 Lori Weeks Boldt
1959 Nancy Stovall (Horton)   1984 Maria Paige Truitt
1960 Frances Wood (Loughlin)   1985 Holly Renee Mayo (Borden)
1961 Marty Allegood (Furr)   1986 Susan Frances Skelton (Gough)
1962 Helen Raney (Pinckney)   1987 Patricia Parker (Stone)
1963 Fredi Crisp (Smith)   1988 Amy Lynn Wolfe (Lovelace)
1964 Wanda Caines (Johnston)   1989 Angela Fipps (Boone)
1965 Kathy Seitter (Swango)   1990 Amy Lennon (Queen)
1966 Donna Bordeaux (Little)   1991 Stacie Nichole Davis
1967 Susanne Burns (Smith)   1992 Amy Linette Davis
1968 Sarah Mason   1993 Stephanie Dawn Bilodeau
1969 Janet Evans (Farrior)   1994 Bonnie Victoria Warren (Palsa)
1970 Cheryl Fleishman (Issacs)   1995 Sarah Elizabeth Ronan (Buchanan)
1971 Paula Davis (Noell)   1996 Nicole Ilona Simcoe (Baller)
1972 Connie Kearney (Coble)   1997 Elizabeth Arden Harris (Carroll)
1973 Debbie Fountain (Fugazy)   1998 Lauren Yerby (Bolick)




1999 Danita Davis   2009 Zelle Brown (Wiggins)
2000 Melanie Brooks   2010 Abbey Starling (Nobles)
2001 Jamie Deaver (Ferguson)   2011 Hannah Smith
2002 Hannah Manson (Mynhier)   2012 Julia Lovett
2003 Ashley Patterson (Nunez)   2013 Paxton Webster
2004 Claire Williamson   2014 Tori Mathew
2005 Jannell Upton (Dunnaway)   2015 Haleigh Somberg
2006 Michelle Poulos (Woo)   2016  Lilly Kays
2007 Lauren Smith (Hill)    2017  Emma Grace Wright
2008 Joshlynn Starling (Justad)      
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