A native of Hickory, Katie Setzer was crowned Miss North Carolina Teen USA on 25 February 2023 and will represent North Carolina at Miss Teen USA 2023 in Reno, Nevada.
A native North Carolinian, Katie Grace Setzer, 18, resides in Hickory, NC, and is a Sophomore at Catawba Valley Community College studying Cosmetology. Katie’s ambition is to become a 4th generation business owner and a hair and makeup artist for the television and ﬁlm industry.
Throughout her academic career, Katie has been involved in Varsity Cheerleading, Juniorettes, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and has been a competitive dancer for over 16 years. She created a mentorship program at her local dance studio where she inspires and educates youth on the importance of aiming for their dreams, ﬁnding their passions, and teaching them to believe in themselves.
One of Katie’s loves is the outdoors! From hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway trails, snorkeling in St. Kitts, or landscape watercolor painting, you can ﬁnd her enjoying time under the sun.
Thoroughly blessed and excited to be representing the Tar Heel state, Katie plans to use the title to advocate for causes that she is passionate about. “We rise by lifting others” is a philosophy that she lives by, and as Miss North Carolina Teen USA, Katie aspires to lead by example and with action by impacting others with her project: S.C.A.R. Stories of Conﬁdence and Resilience, encouraging others to ﬁnd beauty in their scars.
The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are Katie’s state pageant photos.
Lights, camera, action! Professional photoshoots are one of the perks that comes from winning a title.
There’s nothing better than watching a contestant progress from year to year! Katie was second runner-up to Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2022 Gabby Ortega.