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 an Ivy League honors 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. Her recent work in the United States Senate and her passion for helping others ignited her own wish – to become the first Miss America from North Dakota.
During the talent competition, she performed a jazz dance to Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.”
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. For 10 years, Cara has brightened 23 Wish Kids’ lives, became a “Certified Wish Granter.” In 2011, President Barack Obama recognized Cara’s charitable efforts. Cara is a national dance champion and trained four summers with The Rockettes. According to U.S. News, her efforts to date have raised over it has since raised more than $78,500.
She won a $50,000 scholarship along with the famous crown. 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.
Mund’s victory is only the beginning of a journey that will take her across the country and overseas during her year as Miss America 2018. She will embark on her national speaking advocating her platform, A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion, and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for its 170 member hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.
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.
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. Dancers also placed in three of the runner-up positions, as well.
The first runner-up in the competition was Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis, who earned a $25,000 scholarship. Her talent was a Bollywood dance routine and her personal platform is United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Diversity Matters.
The second runner-up is Miss New Jersey, Kaitlyn Schoeffel, who received a $20,000 scholarship. Her talent was dance, and her personal platform is Operation Empowerment.
Third runner-up Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey received a $15,000 scholarship. Her talent was pop vocal, and her platform is Daring to Defeat Diabetes.
Fourth runner-up Miss Texas Margana Wood is awarded a $10,000 scholarship. Her talent was contemporary dance and her platform is You Belong.
The 51 contestants, who represented all 50 states and the District of Columbia, participated in preliminary competitions earlier in the week. Miss Illinois, Abby Foster, was the winner of “America’s Choice,” an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America contestant entirely on social media. The winner of “America’s Choice” advanced to the Top 15 in the competition.
Facts About Miss America 2018
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