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Festival Princess

Minh Vu, a junior from New Hanover High School, was crowned the 2024 North Carolina Azalea Festival Princess during the 76th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, March 9th. The event was held at Kenan Auditorium
on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Minh is the daughter of Ginger Davis. She and her court were selected from among 24 contestants representing 7 area high schools. The court members include the following: 1st Runner-Up from John T. Hoggard High School, Callie Cromartie, 2nd Runner-Up, from E.A. Laney High School, Kiley Canter, 3rd Runner-Up, also from E.A. Laney High School, Mary Katherine O’Malley, and 4th Runner-Up, from Brunswick County Early College High School,
Emmy Russ. 

At New Hanover, Minh is a member of the Lyceum Academy. She is also active in Beta Club, SAVE Promise Club, Student Council and Porch Club. Outside of school, Minh enjoys traveling, language learning and spending time with her family and friends. After graduation, she would like to major in Human Rights at Duke University.

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

Minh Vu

Festival Princess and Court

Emmy Russ, Brunswick County Early College High School | Mary Katherine O’Malley, Laney High School | Minh Vu, New Hanover High School | Callie Cromartie, John T. Hoggard High School | Kiley Canter, Laney High School


About the Scholarship Pageant

Junior girls from area high schools compete for the title based on a private interview with judges, evening gown competition and on-stage presentation. Truist is the Title Sponsor of the North Carolina Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant. The Princess is the recipient of the Beverly Anne Jurgensen Scholarship Award in the amount of $6,250, named after the beloved Past President of the Azalea Festival. The Festival Princess is sponsored in her reign by Camille’s of Wilmington, Official Stylist of our Royalty, and Dr. Sarah E. Pless, Renaissance Dental Studio.


Thank you to the Following Sponsors for Their Support of the Festival Princess

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