Congratulations to Cara Mund, Miss North Dakota and Miss America 2018.
- Miss America: Cara Mund, Miss North Dakota
- First runner up: Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis
- Second runner up: Miss New Jersey, Kaitlyn Schoeffel
- Third runner up: Miss District of Columbia, Briana Kinsey
- Fourth runner up: Miss Texas Margana Wood
The new Miss America is a graduate of Brown University in Rhode Island with a major in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations, and an intern with the senate who would like to see more women in politics. She plans to attend Notre Dame’s law school. During the talent competition, she performed a jazz dance to Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.” She won a $50,000 scholarship along with the famous crown.
Mund’s platform is “Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion” which is dedicated to raising funds for the Make-A-Wish program through fashions shows. According to U.S. News, her efforts to date have raised over it has since raised more than $50,000.
Mund won the Miss North Dakota title on her fourth try. Her victory as Miss America strengthens a trend of dancers winning the Miss America pageant. For several decades, dancers had been largely out of favor in the competition until New York’s Mallory Hagan won the national title performing an energetic tap dance to a James Brown selection. Last year’s titleholder, Savvy Shields was also a dancer.
Earlier in the week, the new Miss America was named the first runner-up of the Quality of Life Award, for which she earned a$4,000 scholarship.
Interestingly, the state titleholders representing the two states devastated by natural disasters, Texas and Florida, both won preliminary swimsuit competitions, officially terms Lifestyle & Fitness.
Miss Louisiana, a double preliminary winner who performed a double ventriloquist act that included yodeling, was favored to win according to pageant lore which claims that double preliminary winners usually win the crown. Miss Louisiana did not, but she garnered considerable attention on Twitter.
Miss America Facts
Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota
Education: Graduate of Brown University
Talent: Jazz Dance – “The Way You Make Me Feel”
Platform: A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion