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Miss Stanly Teen goes to Cassidy Stoltenberg

Four contestants stood holding hands as master of ceremonies Wes Tucker read the results Saturday night for the new Miss Stanly Outstanding Teen at the annual pageant at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center.

One of those competitors, Pinecrest High School senior Cassidy Stoltenberg, had stood on the same stage the previous season but heard her name called out as first runner-up for the crown to MacKenzie Page.

This year, Stoltenberg heard her name announced as the 2019 winner of Miss Stanly County Outstanding Teen title.

“I’ve worked very hard for this. I’ve competed quite a few times and come just shy of the crown,” an emotional Stoltenberg said after the festivities. “When they called my name, I was absolutely blessed.”

Stoltenberg, a competitive gymnast and dancer, said she spent “countless hours in the dance studio” working on her routine for the pageant as well as preparing for interviews. For the talent portion of the evening, Stoltenberg performed a lyrical dance to the song “In My Arms” by Plumb.

Her platform, bullying, is one near to her heart and hits close to home, she explained. During the pageant, she was asked about her older brother, whom she said was bullied from sixth grade through his senior year.

“Seeing him change his attitude about going to school, and his feeling about himself, I never want to see anyone go through that,” Stolenberg said, adding all the hard work is worth it “if I can make a difference even if it’s only in one life.”

Cassidy Stoltenberg is crowned the 2019 Miss Stanly County Outstanding Teen by her predecesor, MacKenzie Page, assisted by the 2018 Miss Stanly County, Megan Frick. (Photo by Charles Curcio)

During the pageant, she also said, “even though I was four years younger than him, I let him know I’m here and he can talk to me, that there are people behind you and you are loved no matter what.”

Along with the national unity day against bullying, she wants to help establish a county-wide unity day as well in Stanly.

“I want to spread the word about my platform and help people understand what they can do,” Stoltenberg said.

She also spoke about starting a jeans for teens drive, saying “73 percent of bullying is based off appearance. I definitely want to try and help any what that I can.”

First-runner up for Miss Stanly Outstanding Teen was West Stanly High freshman Raeanna Eudy.

West Stanly High sophomore Merci Bursell was named Miss Congeniality.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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