Miss America 2017

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Miss America 2017
Date September 11, 2016 (2016-09-11)
Presenters Chris Harrison
Sage Steele
Venue Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Broadcaster ABC
Winner Savvy Shields[1][2]
Arkansas Arkansas
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Miss America 2017, the 90th Miss America pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Sunday, September 11, 2016.[3][4]The event was broadcast by ABC in the United States, the first in the network's newest agreement to carry the pageant until 2019, with Dick Clark Productions producing the ceremony.[5][6]

Betty Cantrell (Miss Georgia 2015) crowned her successor, Miss Arkansas 2016, Savvy Shields, at the end of the two-hour nationally televised event.[1]


Preliminary judges[edit]

The panel of preliminary competition judges included actress, Katherine Bailess; Miss America 1966, Debby Bryant Berge; musician, Rob Bowman; Dr. Jennifer Caudle; television host, Nicole Lapin; strategist, Deanna Siller; and CEO of Galvanized Media, David Zinczenko.[7]

Final night judges[edit]

The panel of judges on the final night of competition included singer, Ciara; businessman, Mark Cuban; Olympic gold medalist, Gabby Douglas; actress, Sara Foster; actress, Laura Marano; country singer, Cole Swindell; and Miss America 1985, Sharlene Wells Hawkes.[8][9]



Final results Contestant
Miss America 2017
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 7
Top 10
Top 12
Top 15

* - America's Choice


Preliminary awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle and Fitness

Children's Miracle Network (CMN) National Miracle Maker awards[edit]

Results[14] Contestant
Winner Alabama Alabama - Hayley Barber
1st runner-up South Carolina South Carolina - Rachel Wyatt
2nd runner-up Kansas Kansas - Kendall Schoenekase

Quality of Life awards[edit]

Results Contestant Platform
Winner Sight for Small Eyes
1st runner-up Stay Alive – Don’t Text and Drive
2nd runner-up Hannah’s Heroes
Mentoring Matters
Autism Through a Different Lens
Supporting Our Troops from Deployment to Employment
Ready, Set, Read! Encouraging A Love for Reading

STEM Scholarship awards[edit]

Results Contestant

Duke of Edinburgh awards[edit]

Medal Contestants

Other awards[edit]

Awards Contestant(s)
Miss Congeniality
Non-Finalist Interview Award
Non-Finalist Talent Award[17]
John Curran Non-Finalist
Communications Journalism Interview Award
Louanne Gamba Instrumentalist Scholarship
Women in Business Scholarship Award


  • The Miss America 2017 contestants are:[20]
State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Special awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Hayley Barber[21] Pelham 22 Tap Dance Dibidy Do by Club Des Belugas Quality of Life Award Winner[14]

STEM Scholarship Award[14]

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals National Maker Award[14]
Contestant at National Sweetheart 2013 pageant
Alaska Alaska Kendall Bautista[22] Eagle River 23 Piano “Tarantelle” by Frédéric Chopin Previously Miss Alaska USA 2014
Arizona Arizona Katelyn Niemiec[23] Scottsdale 22 Twirl Routine ""Wings"'"' by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Previously Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen 2009

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2013 pageant
Arkansas Arkansas Savvy Shields[24] Fayetteville 21 Jazz Dance "They Just Keep Moving the Line" from the NBC show "Smash" Miss America 2017[1][2] Preliminary Talent Award Previously Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen 2009

Previously Miss Collegiate America 2013
California California Jessa Carmack Santa Clara 22 Gymnastics Dance, "Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley Top 10 Previously Miss California's Outstanding Teen 2011

Top 15 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2012 pageant
Colorado Colorado Shannon Ebony Patilla[25] Denver 24 R&B / Soul Vocal "Something's Gotta Hold On Me" by Etta James Non-finalist Talent Award
Connecticut Connecticut Alyssa Rae Taglia[26] Wolcott 22 Tap Dance Previously Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2010
Delaware Delaware Amanda Debus[27] Middletown 23 Contemporary Ballet "Fight Song"[28] Previously Miss Delaware's Outstanding Teen 2008

Previously Miss Delaware Teen USA 2011
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Cierra Dena'e Jackson[29] Columbus, GA 24 Gospel Vocal, "Alabaster Box" by CeCe Winans Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award[13]
Florida Florida Courtney Sexton Starke 23 Modern Dance "I Got Love" Non-finalist Interview Award Previously Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2008

Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Patricia Ford[30] John's Creek 20 Ballet en Pointe "Explosive" by Bond Women in Business Scholarship Award[14] 1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
Hawaii Hawaii Allison Chu[31] Kahala 22 Operatic vocal "O Mio Babbino Caro" from Gianni Schicchi STEM Scholarship Finalist[15] Sister of Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2010, Julianne Chu
Idaho Idaho Kylee Solberg[32] Coeur d'Alene 21 Classical Ballet en Pointe to "Don Quixote"[33] Top 15 Previously National Sweetheart 2015
Illinois Illinois Jaryn Franklin[34] East Moline 23 Jazz Vocal, ""Dream A Little Dream of Me"" STEM Scholarship Award
Indiana Indiana Brianna DeCamp[35] Kendallville 22 Tap Dance, "Dr. Jazz” from “Jelly Last Jam” Previously Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen 2011
Iowa Iowa Kelly Koch[36] Waukee 20 Ballet en pointe, "Curse of the Black Pearl[37] Top 10
Kansas Kansas Kendall Ellen Schoenekase[38] Overland Park 22 Vocal - Ain't no Sunshine by Bill Withers Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up

STEM Scholarship Award

Children Miracle Network National Miracle Maker 2nd runner-up
Previously Miss Missouri United States 2010
Kentucky Kentucky Laura Katherine Jones[39] Fisherville 23 Violin, "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson Top 12[11] America's Choice Previously Miss Kentucky's Outstanding Teen 2010[40]

Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2011[41]
Louisiana Louisiana Justine Ker[42] Choudrant 22 Classical Piano Top 15[12] Previously Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen 2011[43]

Top 15 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2012 pageant[44]
Maine Maine Marybeth Noonan[45] Raymond 20 Show Tune Vocal, "I Got Rhythm" from "Girl Crazy" Previously Miss Maine's Outstanding Teen 2010

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
Maryland Maryland Hannah Brewer[46] Manchester 18 Vocal "God Bless America" Top 7 Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up

Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
Previously Miss Maryland Teen USA 2013
Top 16 at Miss Teen USA 2013

Sister of Miss Pennsylvania 2005, Nicole Brewer
Massachusetts Massachusetts Alissa Musto Rehoboth 21 Piano Top 15
Michigan Michigan Arianna Quan[47] Bloomfield Hills 23 Classical Piano, Mily Balalkirev's transcription of Mikhail Glinka's "L'Alouette (The Lark)" Louanne Gamba Instrumentalist Scholarship

Non-finalist Talent Award

Preliminary Talent Award
Minnesota Minnesota Madeline Taylor Van Ert[48] Rochester 19 Piano/Vocal, "What a Wonderful World" Miss Congeniality[16] Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
Mississippi Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis[49] Brookhaven 23 Show Tune Vocal, "A Piece of Sky" by Barbra Streisand from "Yentl" 4th runner-up Quality of Life Award Finalist[15] Previously Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen 2009

3rd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2014 pageant
Missouri Missouri Erin O'Flaherty[50] St. Louis 23 Vocal, "Mad Hatter", from"Wonderland,"[51] First openly gay contestant to compete at Miss America[52]
Montana Montana Lauren Scofield[53] Havre 22 Piano, "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven[54] STEM Scholarship Finalist[15] Niece of Miss Montana 1986, Kamala Compton
Nebraska Nebraska Aleah Peters[55] Omaha 22 Baton Twirling "Wings" John Curran Non-finalist Communications Journalism Interview Award
Nevada Nevada Bailey Gumm[56] Minden 20 Tap Dance "Sax" by Fleur East Quality of Life Award Finalist[15] Previously Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2011

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014 pageant
New Hampshire New Hampshire Caroline Carter[57] Dover 18 Vocal, "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss New Hampshire's Outstanding Teen 2014
New Jersey New Jersey Brenna Weick[58] Mantua 22 Vocal Previously Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen 2009
1st runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2010 pageant

Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2013 pageant
New Mexico New Mexico Stephanie Michelle Chavez[59] Albuquerque 23 Vocal, "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra Contestant at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
New York (state) New York Camille Sims[60] Ithaca 23 Vocal, "Sway" 2nd runner-up[10] Previously Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2010
2nd runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2011 pageant[41]

4th runner-up at Miss Georgia 2015 pageant
North Carolina North Carolina McKenzie Faggart[61] Concord 21 Lyrical Dance, "Rise Up" Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2011
North Dakota North Dakota Macy Christianson[62] Minot 20 Contemporary Ballet
Ohio Ohio Alice Louisa Magoto[63] Cincinnati 18 Vocal, "Astonishing" from Little Women Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
Oklahoma Oklahoma Sarah Klein[64] Tulsa 24 Piano Top 12 Quality of Life Award Finalist[15] 2nd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
Oregon Oregon Alexis Mather Astoria 21 Bravura Performance "Nessun Dorma" from Giacomo Puccini's "Turandot"
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Samantha Lambert Pittsburgh 22 Acrobatic Dance
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Carole Rigual Bayamón 22 Monologue, "Crossroads" Top 30 at Nuestra Belleza Latina 2013
Rhode Island Rhode Island Shruti Nagarajan[65] Providence 24 Bollywood-fusion dance Women in Business Scholarship Award[14]
South Carolina South Carolina Rachel Wyatt[66] Clemson 21 Jazz Dance, Something in the Water by Carrie Underwood 1st runner-up[67] CMN Miracle Maker Award 1st runner-up[14] Previously Miss South Carolina Teen 2012

Previously Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013[68]
South Dakota South Dakota Julia Olson[69] Sioux Falls 23 Operatic Vocal "Omio Bino Caro[70] Contestant at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
Tennessee Tennessee Grace Burgess[71] Memphis 22 Vocal "Desperado” by The Eagles Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award[13]

Quality of Life Award Finalist[15]
Contestant at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
Texas Texas Caroline Carothers San Antonio 20 Baton Twirling, "Hot Honey Rag" from Chicago Top 7
Utah Utah Lauren Wilson[72] Pleasant Grove 21 Dance, "Libertango"
Vermont Vermont Rylee Field[73] Montpelier 24 Spoken Word Poetry, "Mockingbird" by Rives
Virginia Virginia Michaela Gabriella Sigmon Chesapeake 21 Tap Dance[74]
Washington (state) Washington Alicia Nicole Cooper Vancouver 21 Tap Dance “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez[75] 3rd runner-up
West Virginia West Virginia Morgan Breeden[76] Charles Town 21 Piano, "From Hurt to Heart” (Original composition)[77] Previously Miss West Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2012[78]
Wisconsin Wisconsin Courtney Jean Pelot[79] Manitowoc 22 Jazz Dance, “Burnin’ Up” by Jesse J. Cornish
Wyoming Wyoming Jordyn Hall Laramie 23 Lyrical/Jazz dance


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