There’s a new Miss America! Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, was crowned as the new Miss America during the annual beauty pageant at Boardwalk Hall Arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The competition was hosted by Chris Harrison and Sage Steele and it was an intense event. Only 15 finalists out of 50 were chosen to move on to the swimsuit competition and later only 12 had the chance to compete in the evening gown section. After that came the talent portion of the show, where Cara Mund had the opportunity to show her talent of jazz dancing by doing a choreography to Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.”
Then came the fist round of Q&A with only 7 contestants and then the five finalist had to face questions directly from the judges. The questions for this section were tougher, asking the contestants their opinions ranging from climate change to the recent terrorist event in Charlottesville, VA.
In this section, Cara Mund was asked about Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
When asked whether or not she thought it was a good decision, she had no qualms about speaking the truth regarding the reality of the situation. “It’s a bad decision…There is evidence that climate change is existing and whether or not you believe in it, we need to be at that table,” said Mund.
And at the end of the night, the Bismark native bested the 50 other participants to claim the title, succeeding Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields of Arkansas. The first runner-up was Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis, followed by Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel as the second runner up, third runner up was Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey and the fourth runner up was Miss Texas Margana Wood.
Cara Mund will receive a $50,000 scholarship, in addition to a six-figure salary and a contract with Dick Clark Productions. This is the first time that a Miss North Dakota wins the coveted beauty pageant title.