Miss Arkansas, Savvy Shields, crowned Miss America 2017

Miss Arkansas, Savvy Shields, crowned Miss America 2017
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And the Miss America 2017 tiara goes to ... Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields. Shields, whose talent was a jazz dance performance, took home the top prize at the Sept. 11 pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The first runner-up was Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt, followed by second runner-up Miss New York Camille Sims, third runner-up Miss Washington Alicia Cooper and fourth runner-up Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis.

Miss Arkansas being crowned Sunday night.
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In addition to the sash and sparkly headwear, Shields wins a $50,000 scholarship. She also gets a six-figure salary and expenses during her reign, plus an appearance agreement with Dick Clark Productions. Over the course of her year-long reign, she'll travel across the country advocating for her platform, "Eat Better, Live Better."

Shields succeeds Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell — formerly Miss Georgia. Cantrell, who appeared onstage to sing Katy Perry's "Rise" in remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, reportedly plans to pursue a career in country music.

Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell, singing in honor of the 15-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
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The Bachelor host Chris Harrison, hot off another season of Bachelor in Paradise, hosted the pageant alongside NBA Countdown host Sage Steele.

This year's judges were Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, singer Ciara, actress and singer Laura Marano, singer-songwriter Cole Swindell, Miss America 1985 Sharlene Wells Hawkes, actress Sara Foster, and Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban. 

Cuban, for his part, took home the crown for creepiest reaction to the swimsuit competition. 

In addition to the swimsuit round, Sunday night's competition featured an evening wear round, a talent portion and an interview round filled with politically-charged questions.

Thankfully, there was plenty of baton twirling to cut the tension.

Baton twirling at the Miss America 2017 pageant
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Congratulations, Miss America 2017!

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Jordyn Taylor

Jordyn is an editor on Mic's news desk. She previously worked at the New York Observer, and is a graduate of Hamilton College and New York University. Jordyn is based in New York, and can be reached at jht@mic.com.

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