4 Things To Know About Miss America 2018 Cara Mund

Meet your new Miss America. Her name is Cara Mund and she’s made history as the first woman from North Dakota to take home the crown in the Miss America pageant’s history.

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The 23-year-old beat out 50 other contestants to take home the crown and the title of Miss America 2018 Sunday night inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall in New Jersey.

1. She’s political

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Mund has high ambitions when it comes to politics. In fact, Miss America wants to make history again by becoming the first woman elected governor of her state. The Bismarck, North Dakota native is on her way, as she recently interned with the U.S. Senate. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., congratulated her last night when she took home the crown. “Congratulations to our former intern and @MissAmericaND on being crowned #MissAmerica. You make North Dakota proud!” he wrote on Twitter.

 

2. She gives back

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According to the Miss America website, Mund founded North Dakota’s Annual Make-A-Wish Fashion Show at age 14. It helps raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the wishes of children and teens with life-threatening medical conditions. Mund raised so much money for the organization $78,500 to be exact that she was recognized by then-President Barack Obama in 2011.

 

3. She’s smart

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Mund is not only an Ivy League graduate from Brown University, but she also has plans to attend law school in the future, according to the pageant’s website. Miss America was accepted into Notre Dame Law School, along with other schools, but decided to defer enrollment until after pageant duties.

 

4. She’s a great dancer

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Well, you’ve seen how she can move. But did you know Mund choreographed her own performance last night? Miss America has plenty of experience dancing, having trained with the Rockettes.

 

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Congratulations to Cara Mund of North Dakota! She is your MissAmerica 2018

Miss America 2018: See The Photos Of All 51 Contestants

1. Miss Alabama

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Jessica Procter. Platform: Step Up to the Plate: Decreasing Food Insecurity. Talent: Vocal.

 

2. Miss Alaska

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Angelina Klapperich hails from the same town where Sarah Palin was mayor: Wasilla (Palin was also Miss Wasilla and placed third at Miss Alaska). Platform: Be Compassionate! Every Person Fights a Personal Battle. Talent: Piano.

 

3. Miss Arizona

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MaddieRose Holler. Platform: Supporting Our Military and Their Families. Talent: Vocal.

 

4. Miss Arkansas

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Maggie Benton. Platform: Giving is a Gift. Talent: Vocal.

 

5. Miss California

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Jillian Smith. Platform: Dude Be Nice Project. Talent: Piano.

 

6. Miss Colorado

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Meredith Winnefeld. Platform: The Eyes Have it: Focusing Our Vision on the Future. Talent: Dance twirl.

 

7. Miss Connecticut

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Eliza Kanner. Platform: For the Kids. Talent: Vocal.

 

8. Miss Delaware

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Chelsea Bruce hails from Manasquan. Platform: De-stigmatizing Mental Illness. Talent: Dance.

 

9. Miss District of Columbia

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Briana Kinsey. Platform: Daring to Defeat Diabetes. Talent: Pop vocal.

 

10. Miss Florida

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Sara Zeng. Platform: Music Matters. Talent: Classical piano.

 

11. Miss Georgia

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Alyssa Beasley. Platform: RiseUp: Impact Through the Arts. Talent: Lyrical dance.

 

12. Miss Hawaii

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Kathryn Teruya. Platform: BFF: Brush, Floss, Fluoride.

 

13. Miss Idaho

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Taylor Lance. Platform: Becoming the Solution: Your Role in Childhood Obesity Prevention. Talent: Vocal.

 

14. Miss Illinois

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Abby Foster. Platform: Youth Mentoring — The Building Blocks for Success. Talent: Jazz dance.

 

15. Miss Indiana

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Miss Indiana, Haley Begay. Platform: Don’t Silence the Violence: A voice for Children of Domestic Violence. Talent: Vocal.

 

16. Miss Iowa

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Chelsea Dubczak. Platform: Ladies Who Lift: Strengthening Mind and Body. Talent: Operatic vocal.

 

17. Miss Kansas

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Krystian Fish. Platform: Remove the Labels: Be Unstoppable. Talent: Vocal.

 

18. Miss Kentucky

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Molly Matney. Platform: Farm Fit. Talent: Vocal.

 

19. Miss Louisiana

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Laryssa Bonacquisti. Platform: Team Charlotte: Fighting Pancreatic Cancer. Talent: Ventriloquism.

 

20. Miss Maine

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Katie Elliott. Platform: Female Leadership in American Government. Talent: Vocal.

 

21. Miss Maryland

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Kathleen Masek. Platform: Supporting Military Families. Talent: Dance.

 

22. Miss Massachusetts

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Jillian Zucco. Platform: Choose a Cause, Make a Difference. Talent: Vocal.

 

23. Miss Michigan

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Heather Kendrick. Platform: Keeping the Arts in Education: Advocating STEAM. Talent: Violin.

 

24. Miss Minnesota

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Brianna Drevlow. Platform: Brenna’s Brigade: Juvenile Arthritis Awareness. Talent: Classical piano.

 

25. Miss Montana

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Maddie Murray. Platform: Give Your Gift of Service. Talent: Vocal.

 

26. Miss Nebraska

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Allison Tietjen. Platform: United We Stand: Honoring Our Military. Talent: Piano.

 

27. Miss Mississippi

 

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Anne Elizabeth Buys. Platform: Water for Life. Talent: Ballet en pointe.

 

28. Miss Missouri

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Jennifer Davis. Platform: United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Diversity Matters. Talent: Bollywood dance.

 

29. Miss Nevada

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Andrea Martinez. Platform: Police and Communities Together. Talent: Vocal.

 

30. Miss New Hampshire

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Lauren Percy. Platform: Reach Higher: Making Higher Education Possible. Talent: Broadway jazz dance.

 

31. Miss New Jersey

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Kaitlyn Schoeffel. Platform: Operation Empowerment. Talent: Dance.

 

32. Miss New Mexico

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Taylor Rey. Platform: Promoting a Love of Art in Youth. Talent: Vocal.

 

33. Miss New York

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Gabrielle Walter. Platform: DreamUp America. Talent: Broadway vocal.

 

34. Miss North Carolina

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Victoria Huggins. Platform: Alzheimer’s Awareness. Talent: Vocal.

 

35. Miss North Dakota

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Cara Mund. Platform: A Make-a-Wish Passion with Fashion. Talent: Jazz dance.

 

36. Miss Ohio

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Sarah Clapper. Platform: Athletics Today, a Lifetime of Tomorrows. Talent: Piano.

 

37. Miss Oklahoma

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Triana Browne. Platform: Bridging the Great Cultural Divide. Talent: Vocal.

 

38. Miss Oregon

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Harley Emery. Platform: Intercultural Community-Building. Talent: Classical piano.

 

39. Miss Pennsylvania

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Katie Schreckengast. Platform: Building Families Through Adoption. Talent: Alto saxophone.

 

40. Miss Rhode Island

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Nicolette Peloquin. Platform: Be the Match: The National Bone Marrow Registry. Talent: Acrobatics.

 

41. Miss South Carolina

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Suzi Roberts. Platform: Children’s Advocacy: Ensuring the Rights of Every Child. Talent: Dance.

 

42. Miss South Dakota

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Miranda Mack. Platform: Music for life. Talent: Operatic vocal.

 

43. Miss Tennessee

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Caty Davis. Platform: Attacking Addiction: Prevention, Recovery, and Restoring Families. Talent: Vocal.

 

44. Miss Texas

 

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Margana Wood. Platform: You Belong. Talent: Contemporary dance.

 

45. Miss Utah

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JessiKate Riley. Platform: Find ValYOU Within. Talent: Classical violin.

 

46. Miss Vermont

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Erin Connor. Platform: Tailwinds: Training a New Generation of Women Scientists. Talent: American sign language.

 

47. Miss Virginia

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Cecili Weber. Platform: Born Leaders. Talent: Contemporary jazz dance.

 

48. Miss Washington

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Nicole Renard. Platform: You are Enough! Developing a Positive Body Image. Talent: Jazz dance.

 

49. Miss West Virginia

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Tamia Hardy is the first black Miss West Virginia. Platform: Stand Up, Don’t Stand By! Talent: Hip-hop dance.

 

50. Miss Wisconsin

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McKenna Collins interned for House Speaker Paul Ryan. Platform: Table Talk: Promoting Civil Discourse. Talent: Ballet en pointe.

 

51. Miss Wyoming

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Cheyenne Buyert has type 1 diabetes. Platform: Winning with One: Conquering Type One Diabetes. Talent: Vocal.

source : nj.com, eonline.com, abcnews.go.com

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