Miss North Dakota Crowned Miss America | 5 Interesting Facts About Cara Mund

When Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, was crowned Miss America Sunday, she made history. This marks the first time ever a contestant from the state has claimed the prize in the nearly 100-year-old competition.

Not only was the 23-year-old beauty queen the first from her state to win, but she was also the first North Dakota contestant to even make it to the top five. During the competition, Mund jazz danced to “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson and competed in the traditional evening gown and swimsuit portion wearing black and rhinestone ensembles.

During the Q&A portion of the contest, Mund was asked for her thoughts on President Donald Trump withdrawing the United States from the global 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.”

Cara Mund in Miss America pageant

Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund walks on stage during Miss America 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. | Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions

Just who is Cara Mund and how did she get here? Here are five things of interesting about the beauty queen who has won the prize.

1.) She graduated from an Ivy League School. Mund graduated with honors from Ivy League school Brown University in 2016 with a degree in business, entrepreneurship, and organizations. She plans to attend Notre Dame Law School, where she has already been accepted but plans to defer a year. She will be able to put toward her education the $50,000 she has received for winning the Miss America pageant.

2.) She wants to run for governor. Mund plans to run for governor of North Dakota. This would make her the first elected female governor of the state. Incidentally, she is a descendant of Victoria Woodhull, who was the first woman to run for president of the United States, in 1872.

Miss North Dakota Cara Mund in Evening Wear Challenge

Cara Mund participates in Evening Wear challenge during Miss America 2018. | Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions

3.) She is no stranger to competing in pageants. Mund has been competing in beauty pageants as a child, winning titles of Little Miss North Dakota, Miss Pre-Teen North Dakota, and Miss Junior Teen North Dakota. After winning Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen in 2010, she competed in Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in 2011. She became Miss North Dakota in 2016.

4.) She was recognized by Barack Obama for her charity At the age of 14, Mund founded her state’s Annual Make-A-Wish Fashion Show, an event in which she is still involved. She has become a “Certified Wish Granter” and raised over $78,500 for the charity. Mund was recognized by Barack Obama for her charity work in 2011.

Miss North Dakota in Show Me Your Shoes Parade

Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund participates during the Miss America 2018 Show Me Your Shoes Parade on September 9, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. | Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions

5.) She trained as a dancer with the Rockettes. Mund is a national dance champion who trained with the Radio City Rockettes for four summers. Incidentally, she self-choreographed her dance for Sunday’s Miss America’s pageant.

In being crowned Miss America, Mund defeated runner-up Jennifer Davis from Missouri, second runner-up Kaitlyn Schoeffel from New Jersey, third runner-up Briana Kinsey from Washington, D.C., and fourth runner-up Margana Wood from Texas.