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Cara Mund graced the Miss America stage and wowed the judges with her confidence, poise, and talent on September 10th, 2017, when she took home the title of Miss America 2018 and a $50,000 scholarship award. Cara Mund is an Ivy League Honors Graduate from Brown University headed to law school. At age 14, Cara founded North Dakota’s Annual Make-A-Wish Fashion Show. For 10 years, Cara has brightened 23 Wish Kids’ lives, became a “Certified Wish Granter,” and raised over $78,500 for Make-A-Wish. In 2011, President Barack Obama recognized Cara’s charitable efforts. Cara is a national dance champion and trained four summers with the Radio City Rockettes. Cara’s recent work in the United States Senate and her passion for helping others ignited her own wish — to become the first Miss America from North Dakota. During her year, she will also serve as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Miss Montana 2017
Maddie Murray was named Miss Montana 2017 on June 17th. She was born and raised in Corvallis, Montana. Maddie is a 19-year-old sophomore at Gonzaga University, majoring in Human Physiology and minoring in Public Relations. She aspires to become a Physician’s Assistant.
At this year's Miss Montana Competition, she wowed the judges with her vocal performance of “The Prayer” by Andrea Bocelli. Maddie earned additional scholarships by winning both the Thursday night Preliminary Evening Gown Award and the Friday night Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award, as well as the Overall Interview Award. At the end of the week, she not only walked away with the job but also with $5,725 in cash scholarships to put towards her education.
Her passion for community service is the drive behind her personal platform "Gift Your Gift of Service." 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 kindness while focusing on the importance and benefits of giving back. Each and every individual has their own unique gifts and it is Maddie’s hope to inspire Montana’s youth to gift theirs in the spirit of service.
Maddie competed at the 97th Miss America Competition on ABC in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 10th. She performed “God Help the Outcasts” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame and enjoyed every moment of this once in a lifetime opportunity. The remainder of her year will be filled with school visits, appearances, and working as the spokeswoman for Shodair Children's Hospital.
Follow her journey on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, @missamericamt and on Facebook as Miss Montana Maddie Murray.