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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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dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization collaborated on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Anthony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions produced the “2017 Miss America Competition.”

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The Miss America Organization Announces Scholarship Award Recipients On Stage During Preliminary Competition in Atlantic City

Atlantic City, NJ (September 9, 2017) – During the second of three preliminary nights of “The 2018 Miss America Competition” in Boardwalk Hall, the Miss America Organization announced the Quality of Life, STEM, and Women in Business Scholarship Awards on stage.
The Jean Bartel Quality of Life Scholarship is awarded to the contestants who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to community service and improving the lives of others. The second runner-up and recipient of a $2,000 scholarship is Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts, the first runner-up and recipient of a $4,000 scholarship is Miss North Dakota Cara Mund, and the recipient of the 2018 Jean Bartel Quality of Life $6,000 Scholarship Award is Miss Alabama Jessica Procter.

Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey, Miss Kentucky Molly Matney, and Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco
Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey, Miss Kentucky Molly Matney, and Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco
The Miss America Foundation STEM Scholarship  is awarded to three contestants pursuing an education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) related fields. The recipients of the three $5,000 scholarship awards for a total of $15,000 are Miss District of Columbia Briana KinseyMiss Kentucky Molly Matney and Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco.

For the second year, the Miss America Foundation also awarded two Women in Business Scholarship Awards to two exceptional contestants with a declared major in business or business related studies. The recipients of these two $5,000 scholarship awards totaling $10,000 are Miss Colorado Meredith Winnefeld  and Miss Ohio Sarah Jeanne Clapper.

 
Also announced on stage were three categories of Miracle Maker Awards: Local, State, and National.
The Local Miracle Maker Award was created last year by the Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to recognize the top 3 local titleholders across the country who raised the most funds leading into their state competitions. All recipients were awarded a scholarship and round trip travel to Atlantic City for “The 2018 Miss America Competition!”
Local Miracle Maker  2nd Runner-up ($2,000): Chelsea Yarber from Alabama 1st Runner-up ($3,000): Greeshma Reddy from Kansas Winner ($5,000): Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts!
State Miracle Maker 2nd Runner-up ($2,000): The Miss Utah Organization 1st Runner-up ($3,000): The Miss Alabama Organization
Winner ($5,000): The Miss South Carolina Organization
National Miracle Maker 2nd Runner-up ($2,000): Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco 1st Runner-up ($3,000): Miss North Carolina Victoria Huggins 
Winner ($5,000): Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts
 
The Miss America Foundation was pleased to award a total of $67,000 in scholarships on stage during Thursday’s preliminary competition.
To purchase tickets to “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” visit: www.MissAmerica.org

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2018 MISS AMERICA CONTESTANTS MAKE OFFICIAL DEBUT AT ARRIVAL CEREMONY IN ATLANTIC CITY PRESENTED BY ATLANTICARE AND CRDA

Atlantic City, NJ (September 6, 2017) – On Wednesday, August 31st, the 2018 Miss America Contestants gathered in front of Historic Boardwalk Hall to celebrate the Miss America Competition’s 97th Anniversary. The Miss America Organization is proud to announce the continuation of AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, as an Official Sponsor of the annual Miss America Arrival Ceremony for its fifth consecutive year.

Welcoming the contestants to Atlantic City included MAO partners, sponsors, and government dignitaries, including: The Hon. Don Guardian, Mayor of Atlantic City; Mr. Chris Howard, Executive Director, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; Dr. Marilouise Venditti, MD, Chief Medical Officer, AtlantiCare; Sam Haskell, III, Executive Chairman & CEO, Miss America Organization; Lynn H. Weidner, Chairman of the Board, Miss America Organization; and Josh Randle, President & COO, Miss America Organization.

After each of the 51 contestants took the stage to make their introductions, the Miss America Foundation announced the finalists for the Jean Bartel Quality of Life Scholarship Award, the STEM Scholarship Award, and the Women in Business Scholarship Award on stage.

The 2018 Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award was introduced in 1988 to recognize contestants who excel in their commitment to community service. The winner of the Quality of Life Award will receive a $6,000 scholarship, the first runner-up will receive a $4,000 scholarship, and the second runner-up will receive a $2,000 scholarship — a total of $12,000. The Quality of Life Awards are awarded and funded by The Miss America Foundation, Inc.

Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian
From Left: Josh Randle, Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts, Miss North Dakota Cara Mund,
Miss Mississippi Anne Elizabeth Buys, Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow, Miss Kansas Krystian Fish,
Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey, Miss Alabama Jessica Procter, Lynn H. Weidner,
and Sam Haskell

Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian

From Left: Josh Randle, Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts, Miss North Dakota Cara Mund,
Miss Mississippi Anne Elizabeth Buys, Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow, Miss Kansas Krystian Fish,
Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey, Miss Alabama Jessica Procter, Lynn H. Weidner,
and Sam Haskell

The finalists for the 2018 Quality of Life Awards are:

  • Miss Alabama Jessica Procter
  • Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey
  • Miss Kansas Krystian Fish
  • Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow
  • Miss Mississippi Anne Elizabeth Buys
  • Miss North Dakota Cara Mund
  • Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts
The 2018 STEM Scholarship finalists were also announced on stage. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) scholarships will empower more women to pursue careers in STEM-related fields to lead successful lives. The three recipients of the STEM scholarships will each receive $5,000 each — a total of $15,000. The STEM scholarships are awarded and funded by The Miss America Foundation, Inc.

Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian
From Left: Sam Haskell, Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey, 
Miss Kentucky Molly Matney, Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco, 
Miss Nebraska Allison Tietjen, Miss Nevada Andrea Martinez, and Josh Randle.
The finalists for the 2018 STEM Scholarships are:

  • Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey
  • Miss Kentucky Molly Matney
  • Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco
  • Miss Nebraska Allison Tietjen
  • Miss Nevada Andrea Martinez
For the second year, the Foundation also announced the Women in Business Scholarship finalists, established to empower more young women to succeed in business. The 2018 Women in Business  scholarships will allow women to pursue an MBA and enter numerous careers in the business world. The two recipients of the Women in Business scholarships will each receive $5,000 each — a total of $10,000. The Women in Business scholarships are awarded and funded by The Miss America Foundation, Inc.

Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian
From Left: Sam Haskell, Miss Colorado Meredith Winnefeld, Miss Maryland Kathleen Masek,
Miss Ohio Sarah Clapper, Miss Wyoming Cheyenne Buyert
The finalists for the 2018 Women in Business Scholarships are:

  • Miss Colorado Meredith Winnefeld
  • Miss Maryland Kathleen Masek
  • Miss Ohio Sarah Clapper
  • Miss Wyoming Cheyenne Buyert
Don’t miss the excitement as these 51 contestants compete for the title of Miss America 2018. Order your tickets today for “The 2018 Miss America Competition” on Ticketmaster.

A special thanks to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, AtlantiCare, and DO AC for their generosity, sponsorship, and continued support of the Miss America Organization.

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.

About AtlantiCare
AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It does so by focusing on customer needs and expectations to provide accessible, comprehensive services of superior quality and value. AtlantiCare comprises AtlantiCare Regional Health Services including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with three locations, ambulatory services and AtlantiCare Physician Group; the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Solutions, an accountable care organization. The region’s largest healthcare organization and largest non-casino employer, AtlantiCare’s more than 5,500 employees and 900 physicians and providers serve the community in more than 90 locations throughout five counties in New Jersey. AtlantiCare and its business units are governed by boards comprised of volunteer community leaders. AtlantiCare’s focus is to serve the community as a provider of health and wellness services.

About Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984.  Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City.  CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center.  In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visitwww.njcrda.com.  Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/njcrda.

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