Savvy Shields from Arkansas Crowned Miss America 2017
Savvy Shields from Arkansas was crowned Miss America 2017 in the 96th edition of Miss America pageant on September 11, 2016 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Savvy Shields succeeds Betty Cantrell of Georgia as the new Miss America.
During the same event, Miss South Carolina, Rachel Wyatt was titled as the first runner up, Miss New York, Camille Sims was adjudged as the second runner up, Miss Washington, Alicia Cooper was announced as the third runner up and Miss Mississippi, Laura Lee Lewis was declared as the fourth runner up.
The show was hosted by Sage Steele and Chris Harrison and judged by Sharlene Wells Hawkes, Cole Swindell, Sara Foster and Mark Cuban.
Savvy Shields is not new to pageants and has formerly won Miss Arkansas’s Outstanding Teen in the year 2009. Her platform for Miss America was “Eat Better, Live Better,” a campaign to encourage healthy living. She performed a jazz dance for the talent portion of the contest.
Arkansas now holds three Miss America crowns under the representation of Donna Axum in 1964, Elizabeth Ward in 1982 and Savvy Shields in 2017. Heartiest congratulations to Savvy Shields on this win! 🙂
Picture Credits: Miss America Organization Facebook