ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Sept. 12 (UPI) — Miss Arkansas Savvy Janine Shields was crowned Miss America 2017 in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall Sunday night.
A student at the University of Arkansas, Shields performed a jazz dance to “They Just Keep Moving The Line” from the television drama series Smash for the talent portion of the pageant.
“Shields’ acceptance of the highly-coveted crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation and around the world during her year of service as Miss America 2017. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, ‘Eat Better, Live Better’ and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” noted a press release from the Miss America Organization.
The first runner-up for this year’s pageant was Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt.
The 96th Miss America contest was broadcast on ABC. Chris Harrison and Sage Steele hosted the event, which featured as celebrity judges Ciara, Mark Cuban, Gabby Douglas, Sara Foster, Laura Marano, Cole Swindell and Miss America 1985 Sharlene Wells Hawkes.