PAGEANT Talks Presents:
Miss North Carolina United States 2017 Marcie Trivette
Marcie Trivette, 28 years old, is a communication alumna of Appalachian State University. From Concord, NC, this small town girl grew up loving the sense of adventure. After living all over the East Coast, Marcie returned to her roots and now resides on the outskirts of Charlotte, NC.
As Miss North Carolina United States, Marcie is utilizing her title to promote her personal platform, Autism Speaks, through advocacy throughout not only the state, but the nation, as well as sharing the Miss United States national philanthropy, No Kid Hungry.
With a sibling on the autism spectrum, Marcie has volunteered numerous hours of her time over the past eight years to the non-profit organization, Autism Speaks. In 2011 she founded the Autism Speaks U chapter at Appalachian State University. She also assisted in lobbying for the autism insurance bill to pass through the house and senate in NC. She then took her platform to our Nations’s Capitol, where she again advocated for those on the spectrum. Marcie has successfully gotten her hometown, Concord, NC, to recognize April as Autism Awareness Month, and even received recognition from the United Nations for her Light it Up Blue (International Autism Awareness Campaign) initiative.
In Marcie’s spare time, she enjoys singing, swimming, modeling, and painting. She loves to talk about football at any given chance, as she was once a sideline reporter for the Carolina Panthers. Marcie’s plan as Miss North Carolina United States is to #KeepPounding !!!
How did you get involved in pageants?
I had moved to a new high school right before starting my Junior year, and being that I didn’t know anyone at my new school I decided to enter the high school pageant. I entered mainly to meet some of the girls in my school, but also so I could have a competitive outlet. I ended up winning the Miss Mount Pleasant High School 2005 pageant and received an educational scholarship! After such a successful first run in pageantry, I decided to continue while using my titles to promote causes I cared for.
Why did you decide to compete for the title of Miss North Carolina United States?
On April, 2nd, 2016 (World Autism Awareness Day) I was crowned Miss Concord United States 2016, which was my local preliminary leading up to Miss North Carolina United States. From the second I won my preliminary title, I knew I had work to do leading up to the state competition. Being Miss Concord United States 2016 was such a blessing because I was able to use that title to prepare for the big Miss North Carolina United States competition.
When you heard your name called and put on that sash what emotions or thoughts were going through your head?
I immediately felt so very proud, but not just proud of myself, but proud of the entire team of people who helped me accomplish this goal I had set. I had so many supporters who were there with me. I’m a true believer of the saying “It takes teamwork to make the dream work.” I felt so blessed to have had the team I had. Throughout history, many people say, “I did it,” after a big win. However, I simply can’t say that. I have to say, “WE did it!!!” Coaches, wardrobe stylists, friends, family, sponsors, local directors,… WE DID IT!
What was the first thing you did after the pageant?
After the hugs, pictures, and packing up all of my things from the dressing room, my family, friends, and I all went to get something to eat. I ordered basically everything my trainer would shake his head at: fried chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy, and sweet tea! After only a few bites, I kid you not, I fell asleep in the booth at the restaurant! haha!
What are you looking forward to during your reign?
I am beyond excited about all of the people I will meet throughout the state of North Carolina. I can’t wait to share my personal platform, Autism Speaks, with them! Plus, I can’t wait to meet all of the young ladies who are aspiring to change the world. There’s nothing better than meeting bright-eyed young ladies who have a heart to better society. I love hearing their dreams and ambitions!
Tell us about your platform?
My personal platform is Autism Speaks. I have a younger sibling who is on the autism spectrum, so I joined forces with Autism Speaks eight years ago. At the time I didn’t even know what autism was. Through this organization, I have learned so much and now I’m able to educate others. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism geared non-profit organization. Autism Speaks aims to increase understanding and acceptance, and advancing research for causes and intervention for conditions. Since being an advocate for Autism Speaks I have founded the Autism Speaks U Chapter at Appalachian State University, lobbied for the autism insurance bill to pass through the NC House & Senate (which it did… yay!), lobbied for autism education and insurance in Washington, D.C., successfully received documentation of April as Autism Awareness Month from Mayor Scott Padgett of Concord, NC, and received recognition by the United Nations in 2011 for my Light it Up Blue initiative (LIUB is a worldwide autism awareness campaign). My brother still remains the heart and soul reason of why I do what I do.
I love traveling and exploring new cities across the country. If I were to visit your hometown where would you take me?
Boogity Boogity Boogity, let’s go racing! Concord, NC is the home of NASCAR. In my town, Charlotte Motor Speedway sits within just a mile of my home. I can hear the engines from my porch when the race comes to town. Fans from all over the country flock to the speedway to cheer on their favorite driver.
After a good day at the races, I’d take you over to the other side of town to see where America’s first gold was discovered. Reed’s Gold Mine is a fascinating little historical landmark that sits just on the adjacent side of Cabarrus County. I remember taking field trips there as a kid and being in awe of all the mine shafts that we were taken through. Plus, I can’t leave off my favorite spot to hang out, the U.S. National Whitewater Center! If you’re looking for some extreme fun, or some extreme relaxation, the Whitewater Center is the place to find it. You can ride the roaring rapids with me, or we could grab a blanket and have a picnic. There’s so much to do here in my hometown of Concord, NC, and the surrounding areas.
What are you looking forward to the most at Miss United States?
I can’t wait for moment when I walk out onto the Miss United States stage for the first time and I will just be thinking, “I’m here. This is really happening.”
To have worked so hard for something and to finally be in the moment that you’ve dreamed of, I know from previous experience that there’s nothing quite like it. I just want to enjoy each and every second of it.
What advice would you give to someone who was going to compete in their very first pageant?
Don’t change who you are as a person. You can still be you even with make-up on, a gown that flows when you walk, and your nails done. If you’re a football loving, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air watching, laughable fun-loving person, then still be that same person that walks into the interview room to meet the judges. They’re going to know if you’re being true to who you are. Judges are smart and can easily see if you’re trying to be something your’e not. Be yourself, because you’re the only you there will ever be.
Who are your heroes?
My younger brother, Karsten, is my hero. He has faced so much adversity with his autism. Yet, Karsten never once let autism define who he is. He is an “overcomer” by every sense of the word. He went from being the shy child in the back of the classroom with no friends his own age, to being a starter on his high school varsity football team, lettering in golf all four years of high school, making the A/B honor-roll, and being a social-butterfly (much like his older sister). Now as a freshman at a well sought after university, Karsten is a beacon of hope for others on the spectrum. He has defied the odds and is being one rock-star of a person. Karsten may be my “little” brother, but he’s one of the strongest people I know.
What should every woman try at least once in her life?
I think every woman should do something that scares her at least once in her life. If moving to a new city scares you, then pack your bags and take off to a new place. If speaking in front of a huge crowd scares you, get up and speak. If competing in a pageant scares you, go compete and give it your all. You’ll never grow if you forever stay in your comfort zone.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
My grandma once said, “Mind your own biscuits, and life will be gravy.” Basically she meant… tend to your own business and not anyone else’s, and life will be just fine. However, I think grandma said it best.
What’s your one biggest pet peeve?
It’s hilarious that your’e asking this question, because this was actually my on-stage question at Miss North Carolina United States! My number one pet peeve is texting and driving. I once suffered a terrible car accident due to the driver of the other car texting while driving. So many people have lost loved ones due to this careless act. So I beg anyone and everyone, if you text and drive… please put the phone down while driving. It can wait.
Describe yourself in two words?
Adventurous: My mom has always said that I have a gypsy soul, and I couldn’t argue. I love to travel, to live in different places, experience new cultures. Wanderlust should be my middle name.
Diverse: I don’t associate with particular groups in society. I like to mix and mingle with different crowds of people. I feel as though we all have a lot to learn from each other. For instance, in college, I was a member of the African-American Gospel Choir. I am quite aware that I am every bit Caucasian, but I love gospel music. Who knew I had so much rhythm? Also, sometimes you can catch me signing to a friend of mine who is deaf. I have tons of friends who use ASL to communicate, and I love conversing with them. Not only this but, some weekends you can catch me hailing a taxi in NYC, and on another day you’ll see me speeding over the hills of Mount Pleasant, NC, on an ATV. You never know what your’e going to get with me. I’m a mix of a little bit of everything!
What makes you laugh?
Looking through old pictures always makes me laugh until my sides hurt. Nine times out of ten, I’m trying to figure out who in the world let me go out dressed in the silly outfits I used to wear. I get a kick out of my hilarious friends posing in the pictures too! Why were we always holding up the peace sign? HAHA! Plus, who thought blue eye-shadow everyday was a good idea?!? LOL Thank goodness we didn’t have instagram, facebook, or snapchat back then!
What item in your closet do you wear the most?
My denim jacket is my go-to! I think every girl needs a good denim jacket, because you can pair it with so many things and it’s so comfortable, yet still very cute. Maxi dress? Grab the jacket! Cute tank with white jeans? Denim Jacket! Skirt with v-neck top? Oh hunny, just get the jacket! See!?! It’s the best thing in the closet, besides my custom Sherri Hill gown. *wink wink*
What is one item you can’t live without?
I’m going to just go ahead and say the most honest answer, my cell phone!!! It literally has everything on it: my calendar, daily devotional & Bible verses, my social media, email, photos, videos, my favorite music. How did we ever live life without these little gadgets to begin with!? My cell phone alarm wakes me up in the morning, reminds me when I have appointments, and lets me see my mom face-to-face even when I’m in a completely different city or state (thank you, FaceTime)!
Follow Marcie on Social Media!
Instagram – @MissNorthCarolinaUS
Twitter – @MissNCUS
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Miss-NC-United-States-1672903896341209/