People and Places, Sunday July 7

  • Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013 9:52 a.m.
Edith Virginia Graham Cranfield turns 100
Edith Virginia Graham Cranfield turns 100

Miss Rowan County 2013, Katie Archer, and Miss Rowan County’s Outstanding Teen 2013, Hannah Welborn-Lewis received several awards at the recent Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant in Raleigh.

The pageant was June 17 to 22 and is an official state preliminary pageant to Miss America.


After winning their local titles last November, they also won the right to represent Rowan County and surrounding areas in Raleigh.

Archer, a rising junior and a violin performance major at Appalachian State University, won a preliminary talent award and a non-finalist talent award for her violin performance of “Ziguenerweisen,” a gypsy air by Pablo de Sarasate.

Welborn-Lewis, a rising sophomore at Randolph County Early College was announced as a Top 5 finalist and named 3rd Runner-Up to the Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen.

Her talent was a high-energy clogging routine to Michael Jackson’s “Bad.” The ladies also competed in other phases of competition, including personal interview, evening gown, on-stage question, and fitness attire.

Also representing Rowan County at the pageant were Carolina Princesses Courtney Gaspar and Lauryn Caldwell.

Caldwell also competed in the Miss North Carolina’s Carolina Princess Pageant with her talent being a dance routine to “If They Could See Me Now.” Miss Gaspar represented Miss Archer as her Carolina Princess and Miss Caldwell represented Miss Welborn-Lewis as her Carolina Princess.

The Miss Rowan County Scholarship Pageant is an official local preliminary to the state pageant.

Young ladies between the ages of 13 and 24 may compete for the local titles.

The next pageant will be this fall, with a date and location to be determined.

There will also be a youth pageant for young ladies between the ages of 2 and 12. When dates are finalized, the information will be placed on www.missrowancountypageant.org and Facebook, Miss Rowan County and Miss Rowan County’s Outstanding Teen.

Local DAR goes to DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, the nation’s capital welcomed more than 3,500 members of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Chapter Regent Marjorie Aggers, a member of the John Knox Chapter, based in Mt. Ulla, was in attendance at the 122nd Continental Congress, the annual convention.

While at Congress, Aggers attended a weeklong schedule of business sessions, committee meetings, and social functions, including the National Defense Committee Luncheon, as well as formal evening ceremonies at which national DAR award winners were honored.

She also attended the North Carolina Delegation Meeting and conducted research in the library.

The DAR Continental Congress is a time-honored tradition that has been held in Washington, D.C. since the organization’s founding, 123 years ago.

Highlights of the convention included opening night guest speakers Leigh Keno of “Antiques Roadshow,” who received the DAR Historic Preservation Recognition Award, and Rich Little, comedian and voiceover actor, who received the DAR Americanism Award, given to a distinguished naturalized citizen.

On National Defense Night, an evening honoring our nation’s military, the keynote address was delivered by Vice Admiral Robin R. Braun, US Navy, and Lieutenant General Claude “Mick” Kicklighter, US Army (Ret.), provided remarks as Director of the DoD Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.

Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War.

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