Miss America 2017
Start writing a post
Student Life

Miss America 2017

"Crowns are not made of rhinestones. They are made of discipline, determination, and a hard to find alloy called courage."

Miss America 2017

For those of you that missed the Miss America 2017 pageant, here is what you need to know.

This was the first year that a constant openly admitted to being a lesbian. Erin O'Flaherty, Miss Missouri, based her platform on the issues among LGBT youth. During her interviews, she made it clear that she did not want to focus on her sexuality. "I think other people tend to focus on it, but it is one small part of who I am and the work that I do. It is just as important for people to realize I am not one dimensional," she told the New York Times, before to the competition started.

Top 15: Kentucky; Washington; Massachusetts; Arkansas; South Carolina; Idaho; Iowa; Texas; California; Oklahoma; Maryland; New York; Tennessee; Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Top 10: New York; Mississippi; Maryland; Iowa; Washington; Texas; California; Tennessee; South Carolina, and Arkansas.

4th Runner Up:Miss Mississippi, Laura Lee Lewis
3rd Runner Up: Miss Washington, Alicia Cooper
2nd Runner Up: Miss New York, Camille Smiles
1st Runner Up: Miss South Carolina, Rachel Wyatt

Miss America 2017: Miss Arkansas, Savvy Shields

Savvy Shields, 21, attends the University of Arkansas studying art. After her reign as Miss America, she will continue her education in hopes to work in a museum and teach at a collegiate level. Through the Miss America Organization, Sheilds won over $90,000 in scholarships and will graduate debt free.

For her on-stage question she, Gabbie Douglas asked Shields, " "Hillary Rodham Clinton, what do you think?"
After a moment of laughter, she responded, "If you're trying to be the leader of the free world, everything you say and do matters. All of your actions are held to a higher standard. Unfortunately, the media loves to sensationalize everything and it's hard to tell what is truth and what is truly a scandal. I think going back to what my previous contestants said, both of these contestants... candidates have done a good job of competing, but they need to watch what they're doing."

She answered that question in 20 seconds in the best way possible without causing a big up-roar, like a queen should do.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments