23-year-old Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund was named Miss America 2018 Sunday night in Atlantic City.Cara Mund topped a field of 51 contestants to win the crown.
The event which was hosted Chris Harrison and Sage Steele, broadcast live from the Boardwalk Hall Arena in Atlantic City, was filled with suspense as 51 contestants dwindled down to one big winner.
The talent competition, which only allowed for 10 contestants, was next up. Some highlights included Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis’ Bollywood dance from the film Jai Ho, Miss Texas Morgana Wood‘s contemporary dance to Adele‘s “When We Were Young,” Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey singing “Born This Way and Miss Alabama Jessica Procter‘s rendition of “Over the Rainbow.” Of course, it’s possible Miss Louisiana’s ventriloquist/yodeling act may have stolen the show!
But only seven moved on to the first, light-hearted round of the always unpredictable Q&A portion and then five to the final round, where judges asked questions ranging from opinions on what should happen to confederate statues to whether or not President Donald Trump was guilty of colluding with Russia in the 2016 election.
In one of her onstage interviews, Mund said Trump, a Republican, was wrong to withdraw the U.S. from the climate accord aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
“It’s a bad decision,” she said. “There is evidence that climate change is existing and we need to be at that table.”
In an interview with The Associated Press before preliminary competition began, Mund said her goal is to be the first woman elected governor of her state.
She said she wants to see more women elected to all levels of government.
“It’s important to have a woman’s perspective,” Mund, who had an internship in the U.S. Senate, told the AP. “In health care and on reproductive rights, it’s predominantly men making those decisions.”
The first runner up was Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis; second runner up was Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel; third runner up was Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey, and fourth runner up was Miss Texas Margana Wood.