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The reigning Miss North Carolina 2017, Victoria Huggins is a contestant in the Miss America 2018 pageant. She’s already a local celebrity back home and being in the spotlight is something she’s familiar with.

North Carolina is hoping that their gorgeous representative, the beautiful Victoria Huggins, will win the Miss America 2018 crown on Sunday night. She is a familiar face in North Carolina and has a lot of people rooting for as she takes her cause to the Miss America platform. It looks like she has what it takes to win the crown! Here’s everything you need to know about the potential Miss America 2018 in Victoria Huggins’ wiki.

#1. Road to Miss America

Victoria Huggins has been in the pageant circuit of St. Pauls in Robeson County, North Carolina for years. In 2013, shortly after her biggest supporter, her grandfather, passed away, she won Miss Fayetteville. From then on, she competed in his memory as he saw her as Miss America even before she made it that far.

She won Miss Central California the following year where she credited the scholarship program for her individual growth. In 2015, she was crowned Miss Greater Southeastern, representing her county. After winning Miss Wilmington, she tried for Miss Greater Sampson County. It was the first preliminary for Miss America but it took her four years to win to finally win. She made it to Miss North Carolina in her final year of eligibility.

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She called her entire journey to the Miss North Carolina crown a “humbling” experience. It made winning the state’s biggest title even more worthwhile. “On the way to be Miss North Carolina, every year that I received a ‘no,’ I learned from it,” said Huggins. “Looking back now, I would never have been able to fully appreciate this moment had it happened earlier in my life.”

#2. She’s a Journalist

At only 23 years old, Huggins is a professional motivational speaker and worked in news stations. She represented her community on many TV shows like It’s Showtime at the Apollo, Star Search, The American Bible Challenge. Huggins currently works at WECT as a producer and reporter on Carolina in the Morning.

She gradated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in mass communication and a double minor in religion and music from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She mentions in her Miss America bio that her greatest accomplishment is being listed among the 20 Prestigious Alumni of UNC Pembroke. Her portrait is displayed in the Mass Communication Department to celebrate her academic and career achievements.

?ONE DAY MORE!? (Sorry, had to bring out my inner musical theater nerd there ?) We're on the eve of journeying to Raleigh for my first day at #MissNC competition week. How amazing it is to think that just one week from tonight the following will occur: The lights will dim, cameras will roll, the curtain of the Duke Energy Center stage will rise, 44 young women will hope to hear their name called into the Top 11, followed by completion of 4 phases of competition. Then the 11 will be narrowed to 5, then 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. A magic moment: The beginning, continuation and realization of a dream. That one woman will be forever changed. But it is the opportunity of the impact she can give to the state of North Carolina that will truly define her. The belief and hopes of thousands will follow her to the #MissAmerica stage. She will be the face of a empowering organization that enables women to pursue education, careers, and self development. Nothing would thrill me more than to take on this job, this incredible responsibility, and this blessing as the 80th Miss North Carolina. HOW YOU CAN CONTINUE TO HELP ME: 1) ABC 11's People's Choice {{Please keep voting!}} 2) Children's Miracle Network Donation {You have until tomorrow night!} 3) Follow me on Facebook {Miss Greater Sampson County 2017, Victoria Huggins}, Instagram {@missgreatersampsoncounty_nc} and Twitter {@VAHuggins} 4) Use the hashtags #VictoriaIsVictorious and #TeamVictoria all week long 5) Watch the 80th Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant on June 24th at 7pm LIVE on ABC 11! {Live Stream on} 6) PRAY! Thank you all for your belief and faith in me. Let the journey begin ??? -V #missgreatersampsoncounty #mao #racetothecrown #countdowntothecrown #roadtomissnc #perseverance #readyforthejob

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#3. Pageants Paid for Her Tuition

Huggins is currently a graduate student at John Hopkins University where she’s pursuing her Masters in Government with an emphasis in political communication. She will be graduating debt-free thanks to the Miss North Carolina scholarship program. She used the scholarship winnings from the titles she won to pay off her college tuition and student loans. The $20,000 she won as Miss North Carolina will put her through the rest of graduate school.

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Since winning Miss North Carolina, she took a year off school and reporting. She moved into the Miss NC apartment to fulfill the duties that come with the crown, but hasn’t given up on her career goals. “I want to grow in my role as a reporter with hopes of being a political analyst with a national news network,” Huggins said, further elaborating her love of discussing politics and seeing a mentor in Barbara Walters. Maybe she’s an early frontrunner for the question stage!

#4. She Tried out for American Idol

Before competing in her first pageant, Huggins aspired for a different spotlight and auditioned for American Idol in 2011. The then 16-year-old waited years until she was eligible for the show, and finally got the chance to sing in front of Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler.

She auditioned from New Jersey where Randy Jackson immediately noticed her pageant girl confidence and she impressed at the audition with “Midnight Train to Georgia.” She made it to the Top 100 before being eliminated. But she’s back in New Jersey competing for the Miss America crown in Atlantic City. This time, as she sings Whitney Houston’s classic, “I Will Always Love You,” she hopes her vocals take her far.

"Life is about the #Journey, not the Destination. Enjoy every #Moment." Oh what a journey it has been! On this #MNCadvice day of our #CountdownToTheCrown, I wanted to share this piece of advice that has been so impactful throughout my 23 years of living. I grew up in the small town of St. Pauls, and I'll forever be grateful to have been raised in a community that said "Yes, you can!", instead of discouraging my big dream of making an impact beyond Robeson County. I've been blessed to have many moments of #success: Touring with Bill Gaither and the Homecoming Friends, Star Search Junior Artist, It's Showtime at the Apollo Junior Winner, Top 100 American Idol Finalist (as pictured above), Cum Laude college graduate, WECT Morning News Producer, etc. But I've also experienced moments of what I considered (at the time) to be failure. What I've learned and valued the most from are those so called failures: they make every success mean so much more because in those moments, you realize what had to happen in order to reach that place of joy. We have to grow, press harder, and acknowledge HIS plan over ours. It's how you pick yourself up and start again that defines #character and the quality of #Perseverance. So don't let anybody tell you that you can't do something just because it's a #challenge; work hard for that goal and watch how God molds you in the process. It's humbling and life changing when you do. I'm going back for my fifth year at #MissNC…and I couldn't be more at peace and grateful for "my village" of #TeamVictoria, all that I have accomplished thus far, and what is yet to be done in my life as I continue to dedicate my heart and actions in the service of others. Friendly reminder! Please keep voting every day for me to be the People's Choice! {{Thank you for the journey}} ??? #missgreatersampsoncounty #mao #roadtomissnc #racetothecrown #theresheis #dedication #victoriaisvictorious #fifthtimesthecharm

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#5. Her Goal in Miss America

Huggins is an active campaigner for The ALZ Project on Alzheimer’s. As an ambassador for Alzheimer’s awareness, she is a strong advocate for music therapy. In the past five years she was attached to the Miss NC organization, she raised over $50,000 for The Alzheimer’s Association, CMN Hospitals, and the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Fund.

Part of her plans during her reign as Miss North Carolina is getting Gov. Roy Cooper’s support in Alzheimer therapy efforts and getting Fortune 500 companies on board to help the Miss NC organization’s platform, the Children’s Miracle Network. She wants to serve her home state the same way her father served in North Carolina’s national guard for almost 40 years.

Her other goal is to bring the Miss America crown to North Carolina for the first time since 1962. Victoria Huggins will be seen competing for the title of Miss America when it airs live on Sunday, September 10 at 9:00 p.m. EST on ABC.