Published on September 12th, 2017
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
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
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
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
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 Org (@MissAmericaOrg) September 11, 2017
Miss America 2018: See The Photos Of All 51 Contestants
1. Miss Alabama
Jessica Procter. Platform: Step Up to the Plate: Decreasing Food Insecurity. Talent: Vocal.
2. Miss Alaska
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
MaddieRose Holler. Platform: Supporting Our Military and Their Families. Talent: Vocal.
4. Miss Arkansas
Maggie Benton. Platform: Giving is a Gift. Talent: Vocal.
5. Miss California
Jillian Smith. Platform: Dude Be Nice Project. Talent: Piano.
6. Miss Colorado
Meredith Winnefeld. Platform: The Eyes Have it: Focusing Our Vision on the Future. Talent: Dance twirl.
7. Miss Connecticut
Eliza Kanner. Platform: For the Kids. Talent: Vocal.
8. Miss Delaware
Chelsea Bruce hails from Manasquan. Platform: De-stigmatizing Mental Illness. Talent: Dance.
9. Miss District of Columbia
Briana Kinsey. Platform: Daring to Defeat Diabetes. Talent: Pop vocal.
10. Miss Florida
Sara Zeng. Platform: Music Matters. Talent: Classical piano.
11. Miss Georgia
Alyssa Beasley. Platform: RiseUp: Impact Through the Arts. Talent: Lyrical dance.
12. Miss Hawaii
Kathryn Teruya. Platform: BFF: Brush, Floss, Fluoride.
13. Miss Idaho
Taylor Lance. Platform: Becoming the Solution: Your Role in Childhood Obesity Prevention. Talent: Vocal.
14. Miss Illinois
Abby Foster. Platform: Youth Mentoring — The Building Blocks for Success. Talent: Jazz dance.
15. Miss Indiana
Miss Indiana, Haley Begay. Platform: Don’t Silence the Violence: A voice for Children of Domestic Violence. Talent: Vocal.
16. Miss Iowa
Chelsea Dubczak. Platform: Ladies Who Lift: Strengthening Mind and Body. Talent: Operatic vocal.
17. Miss Kansas
Krystian Fish. Platform: Remove the Labels: Be Unstoppable. Talent: Vocal.
18. Miss Kentucky
Molly Matney. Platform: Farm Fit. Talent: Vocal.
19. Miss Louisiana
Laryssa Bonacquisti. Platform: Team Charlotte: Fighting Pancreatic Cancer. Talent: Ventriloquism.
20. Miss Maine
Katie Elliott. Platform: Female Leadership in American Government. Talent: Vocal.
21. Miss Maryland
Kathleen Masek. Platform: Supporting Military Families. Talent: Dance.
22. Miss Massachusetts
Jillian Zucco. Platform: Choose a Cause, Make a Difference. Talent: Vocal.
23. Miss Michigan
Heather Kendrick. Platform: Keeping the Arts in Education: Advocating STEAM. Talent: Violin.
24. Miss Minnesota
Brianna Drevlow. Platform: Brenna’s Brigade: Juvenile Arthritis Awareness. Talent: Classical piano.
25. Miss Montana
Maddie Murray. Platform: Give Your Gift of Service. Talent: Vocal.
26. Miss Nebraska
Allison Tietjen. Platform: United We Stand: Honoring Our Military. Talent: Piano.
27. Miss Mississippi
Anne Elizabeth Buys. Platform: Water for Life. Talent: Ballet en pointe.
28. Miss Missouri
Jennifer Davis. Platform: United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Diversity Matters. Talent: Bollywood dance.
29. Miss Nevada
Andrea Martinez. Platform: Police and Communities Together. Talent: Vocal.
30. Miss New Hampshire
Lauren Percy. Platform: Reach Higher: Making Higher Education Possible. Talent: Broadway jazz dance.
31. Miss New Jersey
Kaitlyn Schoeffel. Platform: Operation Empowerment. Talent: Dance.
32. Miss New Mexico
Taylor Rey. Platform: Promoting a Love of Art in Youth. Talent: Vocal.
33. Miss New York
Gabrielle Walter. Platform: DreamUp America. Talent: Broadway vocal.
34. Miss North Carolina
Victoria Huggins. Platform: Alzheimer’s Awareness. Talent: Vocal.
35. Miss North Dakota
Cara Mund. Platform: A Make-a-Wish Passion with Fashion. Talent: Jazz dance.
36. Miss Ohio
Sarah Clapper. Platform: Athletics Today, a Lifetime of Tomorrows. Talent: Piano.
37. Miss Oklahoma
Triana Browne. Platform: Bridging the Great Cultural Divide. Talent: Vocal.
38. Miss Oregon
Harley Emery. Platform: Intercultural Community-Building. Talent: Classical piano.
39. Miss Pennsylvania
Katie Schreckengast. Platform: Building Families Through Adoption. Talent: Alto saxophone.
40. Miss Rhode Island
Nicolette Peloquin. Platform: Be the Match: The National Bone Marrow Registry. Talent: Acrobatics.
41. Miss South Carolina
Suzi Roberts. Platform: Children’s Advocacy: Ensuring the Rights of Every Child. Talent: Dance.
42. Miss South Dakota
Miranda Mack. Platform: Music for life. Talent: Operatic vocal.
43. Miss Tennessee
Caty Davis. Platform: Attacking Addiction: Prevention, Recovery, and Restoring Families. Talent: Vocal.
44. Miss Texas
Margana Wood. Platform: You Belong. Talent: Contemporary dance.
45. Miss Utah
JessiKate Riley. Platform: Find ValYOU Within. Talent: Classical violin.
46. Miss Vermont
Erin Connor. Platform: Tailwinds: Training a New Generation of Women Scientists. Talent: American sign language.
47. Miss Virginia
Cecili Weber. Platform: Born Leaders. Talent: Contemporary jazz dance.
48. Miss Washington
Nicole Renard. Platform: You are Enough! Developing a Positive Body Image. Talent: Jazz dance.
49. Miss West Virginia
Tamia Hardy is the first black Miss West Virginia. Platform: Stand Up, Don’t Stand By! Talent: Hip-hop dance.
50. Miss Wisconsin
McKenna Collins interned for House Speaker Paul Ryan. Platform: Table Talk: Promoting Civil Discourse. Talent: Ballet en pointe.
51. Miss Wyoming
Cheyenne Buyert has type 1 diabetes. Platform: Winning with One: Conquering Type One Diabetes. Talent: Vocal.