|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Born||Melissa Gayle Lingafelt |
December 20, 1989
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A.
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Title(s)||Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2006|
|Miss Teen USA 2006 (1st runner-up)|
Lingafelt won the Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2006 title on her first attempt on November 1, 2005 in High Point, North Carolina. She was crowned by Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2005 Nikkie Groat. Her sister titleholder was Samantha Holvey, Miss North Carolina USA 2006.
On August 15, 2006, she competed against 50 other girls for the title of Miss Teen USA 2006 in Palm Springs, California and placed first runner-up to Katie Blair of Montana. This was North Carolina's first placement at the pageant since Ali Burr made the semi-finals in 1997. Lingafelt also won the Miss Photogenic award, for the delegate chosen by a public internet vote who most "exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera".
As her contribution to the State Gift Auction that was held to benefit the Angel View charity, Lingafelt gave a helmet signed by all 43 Nascar Nextel Cup drivers. The helmet was sold on eBay for over $5,000, the most ever raised by a Teen USA delegate at the state auction. Lingafelt is from Concord, North Carolina. She has a 22 year old brother named Kyle and a 10 year old sister named Mackenzie. Lingafelt is a home-schooled high school student who enjoys traveling the country, web-designing, make-up artistry, dancing, and singing. At the age of 12, she was chosen to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" for President George W. Bush during his Presidential visit to Charlotte. She also sang the national anthem during the two-week Nascar racing season at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Recently signed as a Ford Model with Robert Black Agenzy/ AZ, Melissa is pictured as a Jovani model in CosmoGirl Prom, Seventeen Prom and Your Prom magazines.
- "Katie Blair Crowned Miss Teen USA 2006". ABC News. 2006-08-15. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=2317746&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312. Retrieved 2006-12-12.[dead link]
- "Katie Blair, Miss Montana Teen USA Crowned Miss Teen USA 2006 During LIve NBC Telecast on August 15" (Press release). Miss Universe Organization. 2006-08-15. http://www.missteenusa.com/press/08.15.06.html. Retrieved 2006-12-12.
- Price, Mark (2006-08-14). "Teen gets NASCAR to assist pageant, charity". The Charlotte Observer. http://www.newsobserver.com/102/story/470649.html. Retrieved 2006-12-12.[dead link]
- Miss North Carolina Teen USA official profile. Retrieved 2006-09-09.[dead link]
- Deines, Eric (2006-05-26). "Concord teen to sing before qualifying". Independent Tribune. http://www.independenttribune.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=CIT/MGArticle/CIT_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1137836321575. Retrieved 2006-12-12.
- N.C. girl runner-up in Miss Teen USA, August 16, 2006
- Cabarrus teenager competing in Miss Teen USA, August 8, 2006
|Preceded by |
|Miss North Carolina Teen USA |
|Succeeded by |