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MISS AMERICA 2018 CARA MUND RETURNS TO NORTH DAKOTA FOR HOMECOMING CELEBRATION

Atlantic City, NJ (November 7, 2017) –   Miss America 2018 Cara Mund returned home to North Dakota for a weekend-long celebration hosted by the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization. Cara’s homecoming events began on Thursday in Williston, North Dakota, where she attended a welcome reception with state delegates, friends, and family.

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Cara is escorted into her Welcome Home Party in Williston, ND by ND Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley, and surrounded by the Little Sisters of the 2017 Miss North Dakota Competition. (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)
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Cara entering the stage at Bakkan Elementary to speak to the students in Williston, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)

On Friday, Cara visited Bakkan Elementary where she spoke before taking photos with students and staff. Later, she attended a luncheon with her former Miss North Dakota sisters. That evening, Cara returned to Bakkan Elementary for the coronation of Lizzie Jensen, Miss North Dakota 2017. The celebration continued at the Phil Jackson Fieldhouse where Cara had the honor of introducing a group of Make-A-Wish kids and helping to grant a new wish!

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Cara crowns the new Miss North Dakota 2017 Lizzie Jensen in Williston, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)
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Cara with Miss America staff, Rodney Neely, Eli Popicg, Brittany Baitinger, Josh Randle, and Julie Hoffman following the coronation ceremony in Williston, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)
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Cara with Make-A-Wish children before her Welcome Home Party in Bismarck, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)

On Saturday, Cara returned to her hometown of Bismarck, North Dakota. She first appeared and spoke at the Bismarck Event Center before attending the Miss America Ball held at the University of Mary.

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Cara at the Miss America Ball, held at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)
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Cara is serenaded with “God Bless Miss America” by her former Miss North Dakota sisters in attendance at her Miss America Ball at the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)
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Cara surrounded by her Miss America sisters who attended the homecoming festivities, as well as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2018 Jessica Baeder, and the new Miss North Dakota 2017 Lizzie Jensen at the Miss America Ball in Bismarck, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)

Cara will continue her year of service traveling the country to advocate for her personal platform, A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion, while also supporting the Miss America Organization’s national platform partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Miss America Organization would like to thank the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization and State Executive Director Kathy Jones for their continued support and for all of their efforts in planning and hosting an incredible weekend of events for Miss America 2018 Cara Mund!

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U.S. SEN. HOEVEN HONORS MISS AMERICA 2018 CARA MUND ON SENATE FLOOR

Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian
Miss America 2018 Cara Mund
Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (September 14, 2017) – Senator John Hoeven honored Miss America 2018 Cara Mund Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Hoeven congratulated Mund, who made history last Sunday, becoming the first Miss North Dakota to win the crown. Mund served as an intern in Senator Hoeven’s office from August through December 2016.

“Cara is truly impressive, and we’re proud to have her representing North Dakota and now our entire nation.

“Following graduation from Brown University with a degree in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations, Cara served as an intern in my Washington, DC office. She did a tremendous job helping us serve the people of North Dakota.

“While only 23, she has a long history of public and community service. For the past 10 years, she has organized an annual Make-A-Wish Fashion Show, which has raised over $78,500 to help make dreams come true for more than 20 kids facing life-altering conditions.

“It’s only fitting that after spending so much of her life making others dreams come true, that Cara’s own dream was made a reality last night.

“She is well-deserving of the title. Cara does a wonderful job representing North Dakota and we have no doubt she will continue to make our state proud during her reign as Miss America.”

A graduate of Brown University, Cara’s long-term goal is to become North Dakota’s first female Governor.

About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.

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About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.

What Others Are Saying About “The 2018 Miss America Competition”

What Others Are Saying

Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian
Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian
The Washington Post

New Miss America: US needs seat at Paris climate pact table:
“On Monday, after taking the winner’s traditional morning-after dip in the Atlantic City surf, Mund reiterated that the U.S. should be part of the talks on greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming. “My onstage question answer was just my personal opinion,” she told The Associated Press. “I think everyone has a right to think what they want. But it’s important to have a spot at the negotiating table.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer

At Miss America 2018, a refreshing turn from sizzle to substance:
“The evening gowns, the epic smiling, and all those waterfalls of hair onstage in the appealingly venerable venue of Boardwalk Hall were almost intoxicating… this year’s competition may well be remembered for taking its contestants seriously enough to ask them serious questions.”

USAToday.com

Miss America 2018 Cara Mund on wanting to run for office and winning the crown:
“Politics played a large part in the competition this year, with several politically-minded questions from judges during the question and answer segment. “We are the largest scholarship provider, so you should be up-to-date on your current events, and you should also have an opinion,” she said. “I don’t think other people are going to share the same opinion nor do I expect them to but the fact that each one of us knew exactly what was going on in the world, we were able to form an opinion and also to back it up.”

CNBC.com

The Ivy League grad who just became Miss America says this mentality led to her success:
“Mund believes that by entering the political arena, she can be a champion for change as it relates to reproductive rights and health care. “We need equal perspective. I’d love to see equal representation,” says Mund. “It’s important for women to join this conversation.”

The Press of Atlantic City

Miss America Cara Mund talks “dreams coming true” and granting wishes
“…Mund will also spend her year working with the Miss America Organization’s official charity partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Mund’s personal platform as Miss North Dakota was “Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion,” and she was a “Certified Wish Granter” with the Make-A-Wish organization.”I think one thing people don’t realize is that Make-A-Wish children are often Children’s Miracle Network children,” Mund said. “While Children’s Miracle Network saves children’s lives, Make-A-Wish can enhance it.”

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About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.

‘Miss America’ Makes ABC the No. 1 Non-Sports Net in Its 2-Hour Time Slot, Generating 3-Month Highs Against the NFL on Sunday From 9-11 p.m.

‘The 2018 Miss America Competition’ Holds Strong
Against Big NFL Competition and the Impact of Hurricane Irma,
Growing Year Over Year With Women 18-34

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (September 13, 2017) – “The 2018 Miss

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

America Competition” (9:00-11:00 p.m. – 5.6 million and 1.2/4 in AD18-49): On a night where millions of viewers lost electricity due to Hurricane Irma and opposite big NFL-fueled competition from the season opener of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” (New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys) and Fox’s NFL overrun-inflated lineup with the highly promoted series debut of “The Orville,” ABC’s Sunday 9:00-11:00 p.m. broadcast of “The 2018 Miss America Competition” built on its lead-in and surged by 1.3 million viewers (5.0 million to 6.3 million) and 18% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/3 to 1.3/5) from its first half-hour to its final half-hour.During its final half-hour from 10:30-11:00 p.m. as Miss North Dakota Cara Mund was crowned, “The Miss America Competition” pulled in 6.3 million viewers and a 1.3 rating, 5 share with young adults. ABC stood as the No. 1 non-sports network in the 2-hour time slot with Total Viewers (5.6 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.2/4).

• In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, “The 2018 Miss America Competition” attracted ABC’s best numbers in the 2-hour time period in 3 months – 6/11/17.

• Despite the extraordinary weather circumstances and competition, “The Miss America Competition” retained nearly all of its year-ago results with Total Viewers (89%) and Adults 18-49 (92%), while holding 100% in Adults 18-34 and growing 8% in Women 18-34.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings for 9/10/17.

[PAGEANTCAST: 5.6 Million is the lowest rated Miss America since 2010. This press release was written by Miss America. ]

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 Minnesota and Miss Louisiana Win Preliminary Awards on Thursday September 7th, the Second Night of “The 2018 Miss America Competition”

From Left: Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, and Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonacquisti (Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian)
From Left: Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, and
Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonacquisti
(Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian)

Atlantic City, NJ (September 7, 2016) –  During the second of three preliminary nights for “The 2018 Miss America Competition” in Boardwalk Hall, Miss Minnesota, Brianna Drevlow, was named Thursday night’s preliminary Talent winner for her classical piano performance. Brianna will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also capturing the spotlight was Miss Louisiana, Laryssa Bonacquisti, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner. Laryssa will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

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 America Organization and its state organizations make available millions in cash and in-kind scholarships annually.

The Miss 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. To purchase tickets to “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit: www.MissAmerica.org

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Miss Utah and Miss Texas Win Preliminary Awards on Wednesday September 6th, the First Night of “The 2018 Miss America Competition”

From Left: Miss Texas Margana Wood, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, and Miss Utah JessiKate Riley (Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian
From Left: Miss Texas Margana Wood, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, and Miss Utah JessiKate Riley (Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian

Atlantic City, NJ (September 6, 2016) –  During the first of three preliminary nights for “The 2018 Miss America Competition” in Boardwalk Hall, Miss Utah, JessiKate Riley was named Tuesday night’s preliminary Talent winner for her classical violin performance. JessiKate will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also capturing the spotlight was Miss Texas, Margana Wood, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a vibrant blue swimsuit. Margana will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

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 America Organization and its state organizations make available millions in cash and in-kind scholarships annually.

The Miss 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. To purchase tickets to “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit: www.MissAmerica.org

‘AMERICA’S CHOICE’ VOTING NOW OPEN FOR THE 97th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION LIVE BROADCAST

“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

Voting Instructions
Voting Instructions

Atlantic City, NJ (August 8, 2017) –  The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC announced today that voting is now open for the “America’s Choice” contestant.  America will once again help a contestant advance to the Top 15 at “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” airing live on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET/PT). The public can vote at missamerica.org/vote and facebook.com/missamericaand are permitted one vote per day, per user. Voting will close Tuesday, September 5th at 9pm ET, and the chosen contestant will be announced during “The 2018 Miss America Competition” live broadcast with the Top 15.

The remaining contestants in the Top 15 are selected by the Miss America Preliminary Judges Panel.  It is possible for America’s Choice to also be among the judges’ selection.

“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) as they compete for the coveted title of Miss America.

As previously announced, Chris Harrison (ABC’s “The Bachelor” franchise and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) returns to host the legendary competition, with Sage Steele (ESPN’s “SportsCenter on the Road” and “SportsCenter: AM”) joining as co-host. The panel of celebrity judges for “The 2018 Miss America Competition” will be announced in the coming weeks.

The celebrity judges will evaluate the contestants’ performances in the following categories during the live broadcast: Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview and On-Stage questions.  These young women will showcase their incredible blend of intelligence, leadership, talent, physical fitness and dedication to community service as they compete for the title of Miss America 2018.

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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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