Emily Holbert, of Hendersonville was crowned the 71st Miss Asheville and Lily Goff, also of Hendersonville, was crowned the 14th Miss Blue Ridge Valley in Canton’s Colonial Theatre.

In the sister program for teen candidates, Anaiya Adwaters, of Arden, took the crown of Miss Asheville’s Outstanding Teen, and Jalon Blackwell, of Flat Rock, was named Miss Blue Ridge Valley’s Outstanding Teen.

Holbert, a first-year Graduate student at Queens University of Charlotte, is seeking a Master of Arts in Communications. She selected her social impact initiative of No Sugar Added, the Fight Above and Beyond Diabetes, after having five members of her family diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.

Goff is a Senior at NC State University, double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and International Studies. She promoted her social impact initiative aiming to counter and prevent loneliness and isolation after watching friends struggle with suicide and studying the effects of terrorist propaganda.

Adwater is a Senior at TC Roberson High School. She selected her social impact initiative of Helping Children and Families in Poverty and will be carrying out her plan by working with Children First Communities in Schools of Buncombe County and commits to back to school bashes, food boxes and tutoring to ensure children have what they need.

Blackwell is a Freshman at Hendersonville High School. She promoted her social impact initiative aiming to end childhood hunger and plans to work with local legislators to write a bill to end lunch shaming in schools across North Carolina. Holbert and Goff will represent western North Carolina in the Miss North Carolina 2020 competition, while Adwater and Blackwell will represent the mountains in the Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen 2020 Competition.

For more information about volunteering or competing, visit www.missnc.org.

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