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Cara Mund Becomes The First Ever North Dakota Contestant To Win Miss America

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Cara Mund, a Miss America contestant from North Dakota, has become the first ever Miss America winner from that state.

Mund, 23, was also the first North Dakota woman to reach the top five. Mund, who graduated from Brown University, took home a $50,000 scholarship as part of her winnings at the pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday, September 10.

The District of Columbia, Missouri, New Jersey and Texas rounded out the top 5.

via CNN:

First runner-up was Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis. The 51 women were judged in categories including talent, evening wear, lifestyle and fitness (the swimsuit portion of the competition) and their answer to an on-stage question.

Judge Maria Menounos asked Mund for her thoughts on President Donald Trump withdrawing the United States from the climate accord.

“I do believe it’s a bad decision,” she said. “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 just think it’s a bad decision on behalf of the United States.”

Born in Bismarck, North Dakota, Mund graduated from Brown University in 2016 with a degree in business, entrepreneurship, and organizations. She plans on attending Notre Dame Law School to receive her Juris Doctor. Mund is also a relative of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States.

Mund the lead organizer of a fashion show that raises money for the Make A Wish Foundation for the last 10 years and has raised over $78,000 to help fund wishes for 23 kids in North Dakota.

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