Atlantic: A college student from Arkansas, Savvy Sheild today crowned with tag of the Miss America 2017, succeeding at least 51 other contestants during the beauty pageant held in USA.
The 21-year-old, on Sunday won the crown, succeeding outgoing Miss American Betty Cantrell. Savvy also won a $50, 000 college scholarship.
Shields said talking to reporters after the event, “I am so honored and very humbled to be standing in front of you today as your Miss America. And that feels so weird to say out loud.”
The 1st runner-up was Miss South Carolina, Rachel Wyatt, and the 2nd runner-up was Miss New York, Camille Sims, both of whom earned scholarships worth $25,000 and $20,000 respectively.
Along with Shields, Wyatt and Sims, the top 15 was rounded out by Miss Washington, Miss Massachusetts, Miss Idaho, Miss Iowa, Miss Texas, Miss California, Miss Oklahoma, Miss Maryland, Miss Tennessee, Miss Louisiana and Miss Mississippi.
The competition kicked off with the swimsuit round before the women strutted their stuff in evening gowns.
After taking part in a ceremonial toe-dip in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday morning, Shields’ year-long duties as the titleholder will begin.