Savvy Janine Shields of Fayetteville, Arkansas graced the Miss America stage and wowed the judges with her confidence, poise, and talent on September 11th, 2016, when she took home the title of Miss America 2017 and a $50,000 scholarship award. Savvy is a 21-year old senior at the University of Arkansas where she studies Art with a minor in Business. Savvy will travel the country on a year of service to promote her personal platform, “Eat Better, Live Better,” which aims to educate people on how the foods we eat make an impact on our lives as a whole. During her year, she will also serve as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Savvy hopes to use her time as Miss America to advocate for change in the mindset of people across our nation by encouraging them to embrace a lifestyle that can drastically improve their health.
Miss Montana 2016
Lauren was named Miss Montana 2016 on June 11th. Originally from Havre, this hi-line girl, moved to Helena to attend Carroll College. She graduated this past spring with a degree in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology with a minor in Gender Studies. She plans to obtain a Doctorate of Medicine with a specialty ob Obstetrics and Gynecology.
At this year's Miss Montana Program she wowed the judges with her piano solo Monlight Sonata by Beethoven. During the Thursday nigh preliminary competition Lauren earned additional scholarship by winning the Evening Gown Award. At the end of the week she not only walked away with the job but also more than $5,000 in cash scholarship to put toward her education.
Her passion for science is the drive behind her personal platform "STEM/Creating a Pipeline of Innovative Leaders." It's this message that she will take with her on her Crown to the Classroom tour this year. She looks forward to promoting her platform and encouraging innovative and creative thinking in the minds of Montana youth.
Lauren competed at the 96th Miss America Pageant on ABC in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 11th. She was selected as a STEM Scholarship Finalist and enjoyed all the moments of this once in a lifetime experience. The remainder of her year will be filled with school visits, appearances, and working as the spokeswoman for Shodair Children's Hospital.
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