Davia Bunch of Spartanburg was crowned Miss South Carolina on Saturday in the finals of the competition held at the historic Township Auditorium in Columbia.
Bunch, who competed as Miss Spartanburg, edged out first runner-up Sydney Ford of Gaffney, who competed as Miss Greater Greer.
Becoming Miss South Carolina was emotional on several levels for the Bunch, a ballerina. She lost her mother to leukemia in January 2013, when she was just 15.
Bunch received the crown from 2017 Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts, the former Miss Columbia, and will compete for the title of Miss America in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 9. The competition will be televised on ABC.