Ivy League graduate crowned Miss America

Monday 11 2017 2 weeks ago 33   New York   Print

Ivy League graduate and national dance champion Cara Mund-File photo

Report  Web Desk : ATLANTIC CITY: An Ivy League graduate and national dance champion from North Dakota was crowned Miss America, becoming the first contestant from the state to win the nearly 100-year-old contest. Cara Mund, from Bismarck, North Dakota, a graduate of Brown University in Rhode Island, who has been accepted to Notre Dame’s law school, trained for several summers with the world-famous Rockettes. Mund, 23, was one of 51 contestants in the pageant, representing the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Mund, who adopted the Make-a-Wish foundation which benefits children with life-threatening conditions as her platform for the competition, performed a jazz dance to “The Way You Make Me Feel” for the contest’s talent portion, wearing a double-breasted black mini-dress with a matching fedora-type hat. In a question-and-answer session, Mund weighed in on the United States’ recent withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, saying she thought it was a “bad decision.” “Whether you believe it (climate change) or not, we need to be at that table,” she added. 02