Katie Setzer

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.

Fun Facts

  • I was diagnosed with Hydronephrosis at the age of five weeks old.
  • Founded in North Carolina in 1989, my guilty pleasure and absolute favorite restaurant is Cook Out!
  • I have had perfect attendance all throughout school since Kindergarten.
  • I hike the Blue Ridge Mountains every weekend.
  • I am a true “Daddy’s Girl,” and I helped build our outside deck.
  • I have a phobia of sinkholes.  


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