10 things about Miss North Charleston and Miss North Charleston Teen

Carrie Tomberlin and Christian “Stirling” Rentz shared random facts about themselves with North Charleston Magazine this summer.

It should come as no surprise that Christian “Stirling” Rentz’ and Carrie Tomberlin’s personalities are just sparkling as the rhinestones in their pageant crowns.

The reigning Miss North Charleston and Miss North Charleston Teen are warm, hard working young women with big goals. Rentz, who graduates from the College of Charleston this spring with a degree in arts management, is aiming for the title of Miss South Carolina this summer and hopes to use her pageant scholarship money to earn a master’s in business administration. Tomberlin, a junior at Goose Creek High School, plans to be the first person in her family to graduate from college.

“Following my mom’s stroke in 2012, the realization that college tuition was going to be a tough obstacle pushed me to search for scholarships. After my first pageant, however, the confidence boost and friendships were unmatched,” Tomberlin said.

The young ladies both enjoy the platform their crowns give them to promote issues close to their hearts.

“Competing for the title of Miss South Carolina has been a long-time dream of mine. I have never participated in pageants, so this has been a learning process, but I have gained so much on this journey,” Rentz said. “I hope to continue promoting my platform of youth leadership as Miss South Carolina, knowing the impact I have the potential to make in the state of South Carolina and across our nation.”

Rentz and Tomberlin will compete for the titles of Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen in Columbia in June.

1. As children, my sister and I ran our own homegrown tomato business, and sold bags of tomatoes from my dad’s garden for $1 per bag in the church parking lot each Sunday. - Rentz

2. I can out-eat anyone in ice cream or pickles - Tomberlin

3. I absolutely love to cook! The Pioneer Woman’s blog and television show on The Food Network are my favorite places to get new recipes and ideas. - Rentz

4. My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 91:4, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” - Tomberlin

5. For entertainment at parties or family functions when I was younger, I would pull out my mom’s cutting boards and tap dance on them. - Rentz

6. I can sing the states and prepositions in alphabetical order - Tomberlin

7. Cleaning is like therapy for me! When I have time off, I enjoy cleaning and catching up on laundry…Strange, I know! - Rentz

8. I play tennis, lifeguard, play guitar, sing, as well as am a published poet and author! - Tomberlin

9. One of my favorite quotes comes from the genius Diane Von Furstenberg, who said, “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be.” At this time in my life, I’m not sure what my future holds, but I know the woman I want to be, and I am committed to stay true to that no matter where my life takes me. - Rentz

10. I would love to be able to look back on my life with no regrets — personal success is so much different than monetary success. I want to be happy. - Tomberlin

It isn’t easy being queen, but it’s a lot of fun, as Christian “Stirling” Rentz and Carrie Tomberlin can tell you.

Whether they’re shaking hands at a festival, waving in a parade or hitting the books for school, the reigning Miss North Charleston and Miss North Charleston Teen apply the same cheerful focus and determination that helped them win their titles last year. Rentz, who graduated from the College of Charleston this spring with a degree in arts management, is aiming for the title of Miss South Carolina this summer and hopes to use her pageant scholarship money to earn a master’s in business administration. Tomberlin, a junior at Goose Creek High School, plans to be the first person in her family to graduate from college.

“Following my mom’s stroke in 2012, the realization that college tuition was going to be a tough obstacle pushed me to search for scholarships. After my first pageant, however, the confidence boost and friendships were unmatched,” Tomberlin said.

The young women both enjoy the platform their crowns give them to promote issues close to their hearts.

“Competing for the title of Miss South Carolina has been a longtime dream of mine. I have never participated in pageants, so this has been a learning process, but I have gained so much on this journey,” Rentz said. “I hope to continue promoting my platform of youth leadership as Miss South Carolina, knowing the impact I have the potential to make in the state of South Carolina and across our nation.”

Rentz and Tomberlin will compete for the titles of Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen in Columbia in June.

1. As children, my sister and I ran our own homegrown tomato business, and sold bags of tomatoes from my dad’s garden for $1 per bag in the church parking lot each Sunday. - Rentz

2. I can out-eat anyone in ice cream or pickles. - Tomberlin

3. I absolutely love to cook! The Pioneer Woman’s blog and television show on The Food Network are my favorite places to get new recipes and ideas. - Rentz

4. My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 91:4, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” - Tomberlin

5. For entertainment at parties or family functions when I was younger, I would pull out my mom’s cutting boards and tap dance on them. - Rentz

6. I can sing the states and prepositions in alphabetical order - Tomberlin

7. Cleaning is like therapy for me! When I have time off, I enjoy cleaning and catching up on laundry…Strange, I know! - Rentz

8. I play tennis, lifeguard, play guitar, sing, as well as am a published poet and author! - Tomberlin

9. One of my favorite quotes comes from the genius Diane von Furstenberg, who said, “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be.” At this time in my life, I’m not sure what my future holds, but I know the woman I want to be, and I am committed to stay true to that no matter where my life takes me. - Rentz

10. I would love to be able to look back on my life with no regrets — personal success is so much different than monetary success. I want to be happy. - Tomberlin