Josie Sanctis of Charlotte, N.C., was crowned Mrs. North Carolina 2013 Saturday night Oct. 27, at the Charles Mack Citizen Center Theatre, Mooresville in front of a sellout crowd. Sanctis, 28, is a graduate of Appalachian State University and was a Kappa Delta sorority member. She is a Regional Sales Executive for Align Networks in the Carolinas and has been married for two years to Andrew Sanctis.
“Josie is a role model for all the women of North Carolina with her positive goal oriented can do attitude. She is constantly giving back to her community and bringing awareness to Trichotillomania disorder, a condition affecting her and one she will champion as Mrs. North Carolina,” according to Frederick Galle, director for Mrs. America and Executive Director for Mrs. North Carolina.
Sanctis is the granddaughter of Sonny and Ann Warren, residents of Clarks Chapel Community in Franklin.
“We are very proud and believe the ‘inside’ beauty matches the outside,” said the Warrens.
Sanctis will compete for Mrs. America for two weeks starting Aug. 28, 2013, at the Five Star Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz. “Josie is really an inspiring woman and she is a fantastic role model for married women across North Carolina. She has excelled at her life experiences and continues to inspire everyone she meets,” according to Galle.
“I entered Mrs. North Carolina because I love the state of North Carolina where my husband and I are native. I also entered because I want to be a role model in the state and nationwide. Lastly, I would like to bring awareness about Trichotillomania, a disorder I have had since I was 9 years old. Specifically in educating doctors, clinicians, teachers, schools, parents and children about the disorder,” said Sanctis.
“This year, each contestant received a $1,200 gift bag and the winner receives a prize package valued at over $80,000 in gifts, services and prizes including a trip to the nationally broadcasted Mrs. America Pageant. The winner of Mrs. America goes on to compete at the Mrs. World pageant both pending broadcast and TV network negotiations,” according to Galle.
The winner of the Mrs. America crown travels across the country making personal appearances during her year's reign. Mrs. America will also represent the United States in the Mrs. World Pageant set next in the first or early second quarter 2013 filmed for television and broadcast. Prize packages have been estimated to be worth $100,000 for the national title based on previous year’s awards.