We finally have our new Miss America. During Sunday night’s diamond-encrusted, glamorous pageant, Miss North Dakota won Miss America 2018. Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, is the lucky win of a $50,000 scholarship and a six-figure salary income during her reign. Out of the 51 women who started the nighttime vying for the title, Mund was awarded the crown by hosts Chris Harrison and Sage Steele, and the panel of esteemed magistrates- country vocalist Thomas Rhett, simulate Molly Sims, singer Jordan Sparks, Editor in Chief Jess Cagle, TV columnist Maria Menounos, and Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri.
Following Mund’s win was first runner-up Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis, second runner-up Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel, third runner-up Miss Washington D.C. Briana Kinsey, and fourth athlete up Miss Texas Margana Wood.
The new Miss America is a alumnu of Brown University and grown up in Bismark, North Dakota. Miss North Dakota’s compassionate position is reflected in her pageant platform: “A Make–AWish Passion with Fashion.”
When she was 14 years old, Mund generated an annual Make–AWish fashion show in North Dakota and worked to raise nearly $80,000 for Make–AWish children — a charitable act so great that President Barak Obama took notification. For her talent portion, Mund performed a jazz dance to “The Way You Make Me Feel” that wowed the audience and judges.
Miss North Dakota is taking the crown from the 2017 Miss America winner, Savvy Shields, who shared her advice for the incoming title-holder.
I reckon the most difficult thing, and it’s something my class tried really hard to reiterate, was recognizing that we’re not here to win the crown. That is something one daughter will walk away with, but there’s 51 other women[ who] are going to be there … You’re there with these girls. You’re soaking up every single minute. And the goal shouldn’t be walking away with the crown, but the goal should be walking away a better version of yourself than when you came.
Shields tweeted out her supporting and exhilaration for the new Miss America minutes after passing along the crown.