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Cara Mund becomes first Miss America from North Dakota

Cara Mund, Miss America 2018
Cara Mund, Miss America 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (September 10, 2017) – Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, was crowned Miss America 2018 tonight at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for its 97th Anniversary broadcast on the ABC Television Network. Returning for his 9th time as host, Chris Harrison was joined by co-host Sage Steele and celebrity judges Maria Menounos, Thomas Rhett, Molly Sims, Jordin Sparks, Tara Lipinski, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and PEOPLE Editor in Chief Jess Cagle.

Mund’s acceptance of the highly-coveted crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation and around the world during her year of service as Miss America 2018. She will embark on her national speaking tour about 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 theMiss America Organization.

Cara is an Ivy League honors graduate from Brown University who is headed to law school. At age 14, Cara founded North Dakota’s Annual Make-A-Wish Fashion Show. For 10 years, Cara has brightened 23 Wish Kids’ lives, became a “Certified Wish Granter,” and raised more than $78,500 for Make-A-Wish. In 2011, President Barack Obama recognized Cara’s charitable efforts. Cara is a national dance champion and trained four summers with The Rockettes. Cara’s 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.

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-upMiss 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 MissAmerica contestant entirely on social media. The winner of “America’s Choice” advanced to the Top 15 in the competition.

Founded in 1921, the Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading advocates for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women. The Miss AmericaOrganization and its state organizations award millions in cash and in-kind scholarships annually. TheMiss America Organization also provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills within them a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs.

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MISS AMERICA ANNOUNCES THE “PRELIMINARY COMPETITION WEEK” JUDGES FOR THE NON-BROADCAST SEGMENT OF THE 97th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION

“The 2018 Miss America Competition” To Broadcast Live Sunday, September 10th at 9:00 PM ET/PT from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on the ABC Television Network

The Live Show Will be Hosted by Chris Harrison and Co-Hosted by Sage Steele

Atlantic City, NJ (July 31, 2017) – The Miss America Organization and dick clark productions announced today the panel of judges for the non-broadcast preliminary rounds of “The 2018 Miss America Competition.” The diverse group of judges will select the top 15 finalists competing for the title of Miss America 2018 during the preliminary week of competition on September 6th – 8th in Atlantic City, NJ. Airing live on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET/PT), “The 2018 Miss America Competition” will showcase the intellect, grace and exceptional talent of 51 accomplished women representing their home states (and District of Columbia) to compete for the coveted title of Miss America.

The judges will use their expertise in their respective fields to evaluate the young women and their incredible blend of intelligence, leadership, talent, physical fitness and dedication to community service.

The panel of experts will evaluate the 51 contestants’ performances in the following categories: Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview, and On-Stage Questions. The preliminary judges are listed below (in alphabetical order by first name):

Carolyn Conrad – Carolyn Conrad is an entertainment lawyer with over a decade of experience representing top talent in the television, motion picture, digital and music fields. Her clients have spanned all facets of the industry – from performers, writers, and producers to on-air personalities and influencers – and include Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy nominees and winners. Hailing from Texas, Conrad moved to Los Angeles for college, where she graduated from UCLA and was an All-American swimmer and three-time game show winner. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York, and is involved with Human Rights Watch in Los Angeles and The Bowery Mission and Opening Act in New York.

Karen Knutson – Karen is originally from Alaska but has called Washington, DC home for the last 25 years. Karen is the Global Government Affairs and Policy Leader for Baker Hughes, a GE Company and an attorney with over 30 years of experience in energy policy issues. Prior to working at GE, Karen served in several public policy roles, including Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and the Deputy Assistant to the Vice President of the United States for Domestic Policy. Karen attended law school in North Carolina at Wake Forest University. Her husband, Kent is an executive at Home Depot and she has two wonderful children, Matthew and Ingrid and a slightly bad Labrador named Gunnar.

Kate Bennett – Kate Bennett is a White House reporter for CNN, co-author of CNN Politics COVER/LINE, and co-host of the CNN Politics COVER/LINE podcast. Bennett’s beat includes the Trump family, the first lady, the East Wing of the White House, and the mashup of style, society, and buzz in the nation’s capital. A former magazine and fashion editor, prior to CNN Kate worked for Politico, Independent Journal Review, and Washingtonian, among other outlets. She’s been a lifestyle journalist for almost two decades, chronicling the intersection of people, pop culture, and politics.

Patrick Rush – Patrick Rush’s career started in the Universal Mailroom and from there he found his way into the world of Casting.  His credits include: “Party of Five”, “Dawson’s Creek”, “Everwood”, “The OC, “Chuck”, “Dallas”, “The Astronaut’s Wives Club”, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” and its sequel, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circles of Love”.  Most recently, he cast Marvel’s “Runaways” for Hulu and “Gospel of Kevin” for ABC. Patrick has been nominated for 6 Casting Society of America Awards and was the winner for the television mini-series “In Cold Blood”. Patrick is more than honored to be included in the judging of this year’s Miss America Competition.

Rusty Joiner – With an impressive body of work over the past two years, including his critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning performance in the independent feature “Voiceless” – Rusty Joiner has definitely made his way to Hollywood’s “The Ones To Watch” list.  Prior to making the successful transition from modeling to acting, Joiner first gained international recognition as the official Structure Men’s Underwear spokesperson. In addition to campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi’s and Prada, Joiner graced the cover of Mens Fitness Magazine a record twelve times.  His noted film and television roles include: Dodgeball, Amateur Night, Behaving Badly, Resident Evil: Extinction, CSI: Miami, The Closer, Bones, Melrose Place and Days of Our Lives.

Susan Perkins Botsford – Susan Perkins Botsford, representing Ohio, was crowned Miss America-1978. After her year of service as Miss America, Susan was a featured performer on several Miss America telecasts, emceed numerous state pageants, sang professionally and worked as a reporter for the ABC affiliate in San Francisco. Susan has participated in many volunteer activities supporting our veterans, and in 2009 she toured Iraq with two other former Miss Americas. In May of 1979, Susan married Alan Botsford. They have two married children, a son and daughter, and reside in Boston and Cape Cod.

Vivian Nixon – Vivian Nixon is an entrepreneurial artist, producer, director, choreographer, dancer and actress, whose many talents have fueled her versatile career that ranges from the stage and screen, to the studio and production table. She has appeared in shows ranging from television’s Grey’s Anatomy to Broadway’s Hot Feet. Nixon founded 42 Seven Productions with a handful of Broadway, film and television veterans to bring the best of live entertainment and education to cities across the globe (www.42Sevenproductions.com). She is also the Associate Artistic Director of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

Celebrity judges for the live broadcast of “The 2018 Miss America Competition” will be announced in the coming weeks.

Chris Harrison (ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) returns to host the legendary competition, with Sage Steele (ABC’s and ESPN’s “NBA Countdown”) joining as co-host.

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dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization will collaborate on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Anthony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions will produce “The 2018 Miss America Competition.”

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Miss America 2018 Hosts Announced

CHRIS HARRISON TO RETURN AS HOST FOR THE 97th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION

VETERAN ESPN PERSONALITY SAGE STEELE RETURNS AS CO-HOST

The “2018 Miss America Competition” to Broadcast Live from Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sunday, September 10th at 9:00 PM ET/PT
on the ABC Television Network

Atlantic City, NJ (July 24, 2017) – The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC announced today that TV personality and fan favorite Chris Harrison (ABC’s “The Bachelor” franchise and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) will return as host of the “2018 Miss America Competition.” Joining Harrison as co-host of the legendary competition, once again, is popular host and lead commentator for ESPN’s “SportsCenter on the Road” and “SportsCenter:AM,” Sage Steele. Airing live on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET/PT), the “2018 Miss America Competition” will showcase the intellect, grace and exceptional talent of 51 accomplished women representing their home states (and District of Columbia) to compete for the coveted title of Miss America.

“It’s an honor to grace the Miss America stage as host for the 9th time,” said Chris Harrison. “I’m extremely happy to be sharing the hosting duties once again with my friend Sage Steele. Sage is a true professional whose quick wit and charisma lights up the stage and the show.”

“I can honestly say that co-hosting Miss America last year was one of the most memorable events I’ve been a part of in my 22 years in this business,” said Sage Steele.  “These young women are so inspirational to millions across the country, including my own daughters, and yours truly!  I can’t wait to reunite with my friend Chris Harrison and the entire team in Atlantic City!”

“Chris Harrison has been a part of our Miss America family for almost a decade,” said Sam Haskell, Executive Chairman & CEO of the Miss America Organization. “We are thrilled to have him host his ninth Miss America telecast as he is both a great friend and one of our most stalwart Ambassadors!”

“We are thrilled to have Sage Steele return for her second year as co-host of the Miss America Competition,” said Josh Randle, President of the Miss America Organization. “Sage brings her energy and flair to the telecast, and she embodies the style and success synonymous with Miss America.”

Chris Harrison began his television career by covering local sports in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Dallas, Texas, native went to Oklahoma City University on a soccer scholarship, and then made the natural transition to sportscasting with a local station. During his six years there, he worked his way up the ranks from part-time sportscaster to weekend sportscaster. He also had the opportunity to cover hard-news stories. After moving to Los Angeles in 1999 and landing a job as host of HGTV’s “Designer’s Challenge,” he went on to host ABC’s hit romance/reality series “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” He has also hosted ABC’s popular reality shows “Bachelor Pad,” “Bachelor in Paradise,” and “After Paradise.” In 2015, Harrison was named the new host of the nationally syndicated game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” Since 2011, Harrison has co-hosted ABC’s live coverage of “The Miss America Competition.” He first hosted the iconic broadcast on ABC in 2004. Additional hosting credits include “Emmys Red Carpet Live” at the 2012 Primetime Emmys, ABC’s 2011 “American Music Awards Red Carpet,” live television coverage of the final championship rounds of the 2010 “Scripps National Spelling Bee” on ABC, ABC’s 2008 “American Music Awards Red Carpet Live!” and “Road to the 60th Primetime Emmy® Awards,” ABC.com’s daily coverage leading up to the 2008 “Primetime Emmy Awards.” In a departure from his many broadcast endeavors, Harrison turned to the written page, as he penned his first book – an emotional, passionate and suspenseful novel entitled “The Perfect Letter.” The romantic novel was published by Harper Collins in May 2015. The versatile Harrison has done his fair share of acting as well, with roles in the popular television series “Alias,” “The Practice,” “Six Feet Under” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” His feature-film appearances include “Bounce,” “Showtime” and portraying himself in the comedy “Date Movie.” In his spare time, Harrison still plays soccer and has become addicted to golf. He has developed a great appreciation for the weather and lifestyle of Southern California, and spends as much time as possible outdoors with 15-year-old son Joshua and 13-year-old daughter Taylor.

Sage Steele is one of ESPN’s most popular and respected commentators, currently serving as the lead host for SportsCenter on the Road and as the Monday-Thursday anchor for SportsCenter:AM, the 7-10 a.m. ET edition of ESPN’s news and information program, from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Ct. Steele’s lead role for SportsCenter on the Road  includes on-site, day-long and pre-event coverage for the biggest sports events of the year, including the Super Bowl, World Series, the Masters, the College Football National Championship and many more. Steele was named SportsCenter on the Road host in September of 2016. Previously, she hosted NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC from 2013 through the 2016-17 NBA season. Steele, who joined ESPN in 2007, served as a regular anchor of SportsCenter until 2013. She also hosted the Scripps National Spelling Bee from 2010-2013. In addition to SportsCenter, she also has contributed to First Take and Mike & Mike, and has been a guest co-host of ESPN2’s SportsNation. Steele also hosted ABC and ESPN’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve during the inaugural College Football Playoff. Beyond her work for ESPN, Steele has co-hosted ABC’s telecast of the Miss America pageant since 2016 and has been a featured guest host on ABC’s The View. In 2015, Steele added ‘mommy blogger’ to her job portfolio, contributing several stories to Disney-owned Babble. She has also been a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live and has been profiled by Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal, Vibe and Huffington Post, to name a few. Steele began her television career at WSBT-TV in South Bend, Ind., as a producer and reporter (1995-1997). She then moved to WISH-TV in Indianapolis where she was the beat reporter for the Indianapolis Colts, in addition to covering the 1997 NCAA Men’s Final Four, NASCAR and the IndyCar Series. In August 1998, Steele moved to Tampa and worked as a reporter, anchor, and host for WFTS-TV. She was the beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1998-2001 and covered the 1999 NCAA Men’s Final Four. In 2000, she joined Fox Sports Net in Tampa as a reporter and covered Super Bowl XXXV for the 2000-01 NFL season. In April 2001, Steele became the anchor for the debut of Comcast SportsNet, serving the Washington DC/Baltimore region. She anchored the flagship show SportsNite for six years and was also a beat reporter for the Baltimore Ravens from 2001-2005, hosting a magazine show for all five seasons.

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dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization will collaborate on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Anthony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions will produce “The 2018 Miss America Competition.”

To purchase tickets to the “2018 Miss America Competition,” please visithttp://www.ticketmaster.com/Miss-America-Competition-tickets/

For more information on the “2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit Miss America Organization’s website at www.missamerica.org.

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