2018 Azalea Festival Princess Grace Tippett steps into spotlight!


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Grace Tippett knew she wanted to be Azalea Princess when she was a little girl. At 16 her dream came true when she won the 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant in March.

She is a junior from New Hanover High School and was selected from 22 contestants from 7 area high schools.  Her court includes Claudia Webb from Coastal Christian High School, Jamie Barricelli from Isaac Bear Early College, Reagan Radford from New Hanover High School and Caroline Shaver from the Home School Community.

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Grace is in the Lyceum Academy, works on the NHHS yearbook, is in Beta Club, Key Club and is a Varsity Cheerleader. Outside of school, she is a competitive dancer and an assistant dance teacher at DREAMS of Wilmington. She also enjoys fashion and writing and plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to pursue a major in multimedia journalism.

Princess Grace says she wants to share her love of the Cape Fear with area school children and be a good ambassador of the festival.

She encourages everyone to do as many activities as possible this weekend!