And the victor was Miss North Dakota Cara Mund.
Exclamations of "booootiful!" and "gorrree-gus!" followed Mund as she posed with her real crown underneath the crown-bestowing arms of the Boardwalk's Miss America statue. She choreographed her dance routine for the Miss America Talent Competition. She said she believed leaving the agreement was the wrong decision. "Once we reject that, we take ourselves out of the negotiation table", she said referring to the Paris agreement.
During the question-and-answer portion, Miss America candidates were asked different questions about the current political affairs and President Trump and therefore the event became political.
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. Klapperich told Mund, echoing another woman who said the exact same words just minutes before.
"I think that the white supremacist issue, it was very obvious it was a terrorist attack". I think the answer is to relocate them into museums, because we are truly defined by our country's history, and I don't think it's something we need to forget. Mund has been competing in beauty pageants as a child, winning titles of Little Miss North Dakota, Miss Pre-Teen North Dakota, and Miss Junior Teen North Dakota.
"Honestly? It was to get to Miss America and make it past the Top 10", Mund said.
She did also say she may not agree with all his opinions, but we all need to support the President.
Mund, 23, was one of 51 contestants in the pageant, representing the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis was the first runner up and Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel was the second. Miss Mund sees her mother as her biggest role model in life and credits her mother for this on stage. Mund took over the title from last year's victor, Miss Arkansas, Savvy Shields.