Carli Batson, a rising senior studying at Appalachian State University, was crowned the Miss North Carolina on June 26.

Batson is the 83rd Miss North Carolina.

The Watauga Democrat reports Batson won $22,000 with the title, which will go toward her undergraduate degree at App.

Batson, whose home town is Wilmington, will graduate in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in theater arts.

Batson will travel to Connecticut to compete in the 100th Miss America pageant in December.