This year’s competition was hosted by Sage Steele and Chris Harrison. The show broadcasted on the American Broadcasting company.
Judges scored contestants, who ranged from teen-agers to the cut-off age of 24, based on talent, the live question segment, a personal interview and appearances in gowns and swimsuits.
Cara Mund has won the Miss America 2018 crown. She also won Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen in 2010. The Judges for the Preliminary competitions are the entertainment lawyer, Carolyn Conrad; Global Government Affairs and Policy leader for Baker Hughes, Karen Knutson; CNN White House reporter, Kate Bennett. etc.
Shortly after her speech, judges read the names of the remaining Top 15 finalists, which did not include her. Balancing the present board are performing artist and creator Molly Sims, who once facilitated MTV’s House of Style, TV host and late mind tumor survivor Maria Menounos (who was delegated Miss Massachusetts Teen USA in 1996!) and 2014’s Miss America victor Nina Davuluri, who was the principal champ of Indian legacy and is now a promoter for human rights.
When Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, was crowned Miss America Sunday, she made history. Moreover, in a total of 51 women, Mund wins the title.
Mund, who adopted the Make-a-Wish foundation which benefits children with life-threatening conditions as her platform for the competition, performed a jazz dance to “The Way You Make Me Feel” for the contest’s talent portion, wearing a double-breasted black mini-dress with a matching fedora-type hat. She even told judges that winning the crown was at the top of her bucket list during the first round of panel questions.
Not holding back when asked about President Donald Trump’s decision to pull America out of the Paris Climate agreement, Cara said: “It’s a bad decision”.
“There is evidence that climate change is existing”, she said.
Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund participates during the Miss America 2018 Show Me Your Shoes Parade on September 9, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Mund has been accepted to study law at the University of Notre Dame and will use the $50,000 scholarship she received after becoming Miss America for her studies.
Cara Mund participates in Evening Wear challenge during Miss America 2018.
While Mund may have been under the radar compared to other frontrunners, she was a finalist for a community service award in the preliminary competitions, taking place in Atlantic City in the days leading up to the pageant.