Miss North Dakota Cara Mund is crowned Miss America 2018

3rd night of Miss America preliminaries set for Friday

Aside from graduating with honors from Brown University, the 23-year-old Miss America victor wants to become the first woman governor of her home state North Dakota.

Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund is now the face of new Miss America 2018.

Before competing in the Miss America competition, Weber stopped by WDBJ7 to talk about her ties to the area from graduating from Hollins University in 2017 with a degree in communications.

Mund is now the receiver of a $50,000 scholarship and a six figure salary during her Miss America reign.

Cara Mund, this year's Miss Dakota, won the pageant after saying that the United States should have remained in the Paris climate agreement and that President Donald Trump was wrong for leaving it. For her talent portion, Mund performed a jazz dance to "The Way You Make Me Feel" that wowed the audience and judges. "So whether you believe it or not, we need to be at that table".

Following the pageant's tradition, the panel of judges asked contestants some tough questions, and this year they were mostly political - thanks to the politically-charged climate in Trump's America.

"It's important to have a woman's perspective", she said, stressing the importance of women in important government jobs. "Despite the circumstances, she's always told me, you can't control the cards you're dealt, but you can control the hand", Mund said during the event. Laryssa travels the state promoting her platform: Team Charlotte: Fighting Pancreatic Cancer, a platform that is near to her heart following the death of her grandmother from pancreatic cancer.

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'He is our president and we need to support him, ' Mund said.

"In health care and on reproductive rights, it's predominantly men making those decisions", she added.

The rest of the top 5 were first runner-up Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis, second runner-up Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel and fourth runner-up Miss Texas Margana Wood.

As someone else slammed the Miss America hopeful, writing, "She said move the confederate statues to MUSEUMS??" It was the first time in the history of the pageant that a contestant from North Dakota was awarded the crown.

'I'm thinking about everyone in Florida every single day, but I know that regardless what happens, we'll all get through this together, ' Zeng said.

Congratulations to Miss America 2018, Cara Mund.

Upon accepting the crown, Shields will take on a year of responsibilities in addition to a ton of wonderful perks.

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