She was crowned at the 49th annual scholarship pageant last week at Givens Performing Art Center. She also won the talent portion of the competition.
Locklear is headed to Raleigh in June to compete for the Miss North Carolina title.
She will receive a $1,000 scholarship, free room and board for the fall semester, a class ring from Jostens, an oil portrait and a $1,000 wardrobe allowance for the Miss North Carolina Pageant.
"This is a wonderful experience," Locklear said. "It's going to be well worth the hard work. I'm going to definitely make a difference this year."
First runnerup was Robyn Baker of Northfield, N.J. She will receive a $300 scholarship and will take on any future commitments if Locklear is unable to attend.
Second runnerup was Crystal Batten of Lumberton. She will receive a $200 scholarship. Third runnerup was Selina Craig of Laurinburg. She will receive a $100 scholarship.
The crown was awarded based on judges' private interviews with the nine contestants, and swimsuit, evening gown and talent competitions.
Katherine Greer of Fuquay-Varina, the outgoing Miss UNCP, thanked friends and loved ones for a wonderful year and crowned Locklear.
Locklear wore a white, two-piece bathing suit. Later, she wore a long purple evening gown while she belted out her version of "A New Life" from the Broadway musical "Jekyll and Hyde."
Rebekah Revels, Miss UNC Pembroke of 1998 and Miss North Carolina 2002, served as mistress of ceremonies. She and pageant Director Lorna McNeill, Miss North Carolina 2000, provided entertainment.
The theme of the pageant was "A Bit of Broadway."
-- This article, written by UNCP student Sheri Sides, was provided by the Office of University Relations.