New Miss America is North Dakota's first victor of pageant

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

"We've only had three girls [from North Dakota] ever make it [to the Top 10],"the 23-year-old said during the pageant". Still held in Atlantic City, New Jersey and still featuring the bathing suit completion, the pageant now features talent and interview competitions as well as the beauty portion. She graduated from Brown University with a business degree and will study law at the University of Notre Dame. She's known for her charitable ways, raising $80,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation. She developed her platform at 14 when she began arranging fashion shows to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. She was even recognized by Barak Obama in 2011. During the final presidential debate, Trump interrupted Democratic nominee Clinton calling her, "such a nasty woman" as she answered a question on how she planned to raise taxes on the rich.

Mund said she hopes to advocate for the scholarship opportunities available through the Miss America Organization.

According to Entertainment Weekly, a judging panel that includes "American Idol" victor Jordin Sparks, PEOPLE Magazine editor Jess Cagle, singer Thomas Rhett and model Molly Sims adjudged Cara Mund to be the most deserving of the Miss America crown.

Mund says her experience as Miss America will prepare her for next goal of becoming the first female governor of North Dakota.

That answer helped her win the crown as Miss America 2018 at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.

In an onstage interview, Mund disagreed with President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the USA from the climate accord aimed at reducing green house gas emissions that contribute to global warning.

"I do believe it's a bad decision". "There is evidence that climate change is existing, and we need to be at that table".

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After the interview, she stood by her answer at a press conference.

"I wasn't really afraid if my opinion wasn't the opinion of my judges", she said. She said she earned $45,000 in scholarship money leading up to being crowned Miss America, plus an additional $50,000 in scholarship money for winning the crown. "Everything happened so fast", said Kautzmann Mund, who recorded her daughter's national TV appearances to watch when she got home from work Tuesday.

Mund's been a dancer most of her life and even trained with the Rockettes.

For the talent portion of the competition, Mund performed a Jazz dance to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel".

"It's important to have a woman's perspective", Mund, who had an internship in the U.S. Senate, told the AP.

Congratulations go out to Abby Foster, an Oakwood native who represented IL in Sunday's Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.

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