For the first time ever in the pageant, a contestant from North Dakota won the crown.
Aside from graduating with honors from Brown University, the 23-year-old Miss America victor wants to become the first woman governor of her home state North Dakota. After winning Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen in 2010, she competed in Miss America's Outstanding Teen in 2011.
During the competition, the contestants put their talents on display - Mund showed off her Jazz dance skills - and answered judges' questions on current events. On Sunday, Mund told judges that there was evidence for the existence of climate change and that it was a "bad decision" for President Donald Trump to withdraw the United States from the agreement.
Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis: "Right now, I would have to say innocent, because not enough information has been revealed".
Mund took home the Miss America crown. Mund took over the title from last year's victor, Miss Arkansas, Savvy Shields. (Bet you didn't know that North Dakota was the "Peace Garden State", did ya?) Mund is a 23-year-old student at Brown University, and she plans on attending Notre Dame Law School after taking a year off to serve as Miss America.
Cara Mund has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in North Dakota for the past t10 years, according to the Bismarck Tribune.
"It's important to have a woman's perspective", she said, stressing the importance of women in important government jobs. We need to always remember it and honor our history of America because it truly makes us who we are as Americans. "I think the answer is to relocate them into museums", she said.
After the Q-&-A portion, she was crowned the victor, beating the runner-up, Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis; Second runner-up, Miss New Jersey, Kaitlyn Schoeffel; third runner-up, Miss D.C., Briana Kinsey; and fourth runner-up, Miss Texas, Margana Wood.
"She's a handsome girl, so happy for you", another told Mund's mother.
The third and fourth positions were taken by Miss District of Colombia Briana Kinsey and Miss Texas Margana Wood.