Jasper native Allison Farris wins Miss Charlotte pageant, set to compete for 2016 Miss North Carolina crown

Special to the Eagle
Posted 6/12/16

For the first time in almost 10 years, Charlotte, N.C., has a Miss Charlotte.

On Jan. 30, Allison Farris won the Miss Charlotte pageant and will represent the city of Charlotte at the Miss North Carolina Pageant to be held June 22-25 in Raleigh, …

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Jasper native Allison Farris wins Miss Charlotte pageant, set to compete for 2016 Miss North Carolina crown

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For the first time in almost 10 years, Charlotte, N.C., has a Miss Charlotte.

On Jan. 30, Allison Farris won the Miss Charlotte pageant and will represent the city of Charlotte at the Miss North Carolina Pageant to be held June 22-25 in Raleigh, N.C.

Farris, who graduated from Walker High School in 2011, is the first to serve as Miss Charlotte in almost a decade.

In 2013, Allison won the Miss Walker County pageant and represented Walker County at the Miss Alabama Pageant. She won the state talent competition where she played classical piano. She graduated from The University of Alabama where she received both her bachelors of science in commerce degree and her business administration and masters of science in enterprise integration (MIS) degrees.

She moved to North Carolina, where she obtained a job at Microsoft, where she currently works as a services consultant. Allison’s personal platform is “Women in Technology: Developing Futures.”

“Through my platform, I encourage young women to get involved in technology in some way through a medium they are passionate about,” Farris said. “For me, it was music that led me to technology, as I am a classical pianist. I am so thrilled to be addressing women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through my platform, workplace and within the school system.”

“I am a Microsoft consultant based in Charlotte, North Carolina. When I compete for the title of Miss North Carolina in June 2016 as Miss Charlotte, I want to emphasize the importance of diversity in the tech industry through my personal platform, ‘Women in Technology: Developing Futures.’ My goal is to make it to the Miss America competition, where I can leverage the national platform to encourage young women to get involved in technology through a medium they feel passionate about. As an Asian-American woman in a STEM profession, I bring a unique, first-hand perspective to inspire the next generation of women to pursue a career in technology. I actively promote women in technology through workplace and education programs.”

“I feel we also need to emphasize computer science more aggressively in our schools. An unprecedented group of over 90 of America’s greatest leaders have recently joined in a bipartisan message to ask Congress to support computer science in our schools. Because computer science is a bipartisan idea, it should be emphasized because it is fundamental for every field of study, for individual opportunity and for national growth. It’s time our schools offered students a chance to learn it.”

As an official state preliminary associated with the Miss America Organization, The Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant is a part of the largest scholarship providing organization to women in the world. The Miss North Carolina Organization is dedicated to empowering young women to achieve their personal, professional, and educational goals. The Organization provides young women an opportunity to further their personal and professional goals and instill a spirit of community services through a variety of unique statewide community based programs. The dedicated young women who compete for the coveted Miss America title donate more than 500,000 hours each year to make Miss America one of the largest community services organizations in the country.

Allison has already had the opportunity to be very involved with the Miss America Organization in exciting opportunities such as the opportunity to raise funds for local children’s hospitals through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The money she raised will help save children’s lives and a portion will also go to support the Miss America Scholarship Fund.

Allison is the daughter of Judge Doug and Jane Farris. She is the granddaughter of Mary Joy Farris and the late Hugh Farris. She has two sisters, Caroline, who is a second year law student at the University of Alabama and Gracie who is works for GEICO Insurance Company in the Washington D.C. area.For more information, Allison can be reached at allisonkfarris@outlook.com or through her Facebook page, Miss Charlotte 2016 Allison Farris.