On Sunday, September 10th, the Miss America pageant took place at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 51 women were judged based on Q&A, talent, evening wear, lifestyle and swimsuit segments. Cara Mund made history by being the first Miss North Dakota to be in the top five, and she was also crowned as Miss America.
During the Q&A portion of the show, Mund was asked by judge Maria Menounos about her perspective on the Trump administration’s decision to drop out of the Paris Agreement. Mund answered, “I do believe it’s a bad decision. Once we reject that, we take ourselves out of the negotiation table and that’s something that we really need to keep in mind. There is evidence that climate change is existing. So whether you believe it or not, we need to be at that table, and I think it’s just a bad decision on behalf of the United States.”
Mund won a $50,000 scholarship as part of her winnings. During the pageant, viewers were asked to donate to the Red Cross for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.