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Miss America 2017
DateSeptember 11, 2016 (2016-09-11)
PresentersChris Harrison
Sage Steele
VenueBoardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
WinnerSavvy Shields[1][2]
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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

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

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]



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

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle and Fitness

Children's Miracle Network (CMN) National Miracle Maker awards

Results[13] 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

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

Results Contestant

Duke of Edinburgh awards

Medal Contestants

Other awards

Awards Contestant(s)
Miss Congeniality
Non-Finalist Interview Award
Non-Finalist Talent Award[16]
John Curran Non-Finalist
Communications Journalism Interview Award
Louanne Gamba Instrumentalist Scholarship
Women in Business Scholarship Award


State Name Hometown Age Talent Platform Placement Special awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Hayley Barber[20] Pelham 22 Tap Dance Dibidy Do by Club Des Belugas Sight for Small Eyes Quality of Life Award Winner[13]

STEM Scholarship Award[13]

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals National Maker Award[13]
Contestant at National Sweetheart 2013 pageant
Alaska Alaska Kendall Bautista[21] Eagle River 23 Piano “Tarantelle” by Frédéric Chopin The Power of One - Making a Difference Previously Miss Alaska USA 2014
Arizona Arizona Katelyn Niemiec[22] Scottsdale 22 Twirl Routine ""Wings"'"' by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Bullying S.T.O.P.S. Here Previously Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen 2009

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2013 pageant
Arkansas Arkansas Savvy Shields[23] Fayetteville 21 Jazz Dance "They Just Keep Moving the Line" from the NBC show "Smash" Eat Better, Live Better 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 Building a Healthy Future by Instilling a Health Lifestyle for Our Youth Top 10 Previously Miss California's Outstanding Teen 2011

Top 15 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2012 pageant
Colorado Colorado Shannon Ebony Patilla[24] Denver 24 R&B / Soul Vocal "Something's Gotta Hold On Me" by Etta James Learning Through Serving Non-finalist Talent Award
Connecticut Connecticut Alyssa Rae Taglia[25] Wolcott 22 Tap Dance "Smiles for Seniors" - Enriching the Lives of Seniors Across America Previously Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2010
Delaware Delaware Amanda Debus[26] Middletown 24 Contemporary Ballet "Fight Song"[27] All Aware, Allergy Awareness Previously Miss Delaware's Outstanding Teen 2008

Previously Miss Delaware Teen USA 2011
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Cierra Dena'e Jackson[28] Columbus, GA 24 Gospel Vocal, "Alabaster Box" by CeCe Winans Behind the Frontline: Supporting Military Children Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award[12] Later Miss District of Columbia USA 2020 and top 16 at Miss USA 2020
Florida Florida Courtney Sexton Starke 23 Modern Dance "I Got Love" Get Up! Get Moving! Volunteer! 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[29] John's Creek 20 Ballet en Pointe "Explosive" by Bond Promoting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Women in Business Scholarship Award[13] 1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
Hawaii Hawaii Allison Chu[30] Kahala 22 Operatic vocal "O Mio Babbino Caro" from Gianni Schicchi Safe in the Sun STEM Scholarship Finalist[14] Sister of Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2010, Julianne Chu

Later Miss Hawaii USA 2021
Idaho Idaho Kylee Solberg[31] Coeur d'Alene 21 Classical Ballet en Pointe to "Don Quixote"[32] Our Words Have Power Top 15 Previously National Sweetheart 2015
Illinois Illinois Jaryn Franklin[33] East Moline 23 Jazz Vocal, ""Dream A Little Dream of Me"" Advocating for Individuals with Disabilities STEM Scholarship Award
Indiana Indiana Brianna DeCamp[34] Kendallville 22 Tap Dance, "Dr. Jazz” from “Jelly Last Jam” Ray of Hope: Medical Missions Previously Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen 2011
Iowa Iowa Kelly Koch[35] Waukee 20 Ballet en pointe, "Curse of the Black Pearl[36] Pinky Swear Foundation Top 10
Kansas Kansas Kendall Ellen Schoenekase[37] Overland Park 22 Vocal - Ain't no Sunshine by Bill Withers Stay Alive - Don't Text and Drive 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[38] Fisherville 23 Violin, "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson W.A.I.T. Top 12[10] America's Choice Previously Miss Kentucky's Outstanding Teen 2010[39]

Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2011[40]
Louisiana Louisiana Justine Ker[41] Choudrant 22 Classical Piano A Beautiful Mind: Promoting Positive Mental Health Top 15[11] Previously Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen 2011[42]

Top 15 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2012 pageant[43]
Maine Maine Marybeth Noonan[44] Raymond 20 Show Tune Vocal, "I Got Rhythm" from "Girl Crazy" "Be Their Voice" - Fundraising for Childhood Cancer Research and Providing Assistance for Families Affected Previously Miss Maine's Outstanding Teen 2010

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
Maryland Maryland Hannah Brewer[45] Manchester 18 Vocal "God Bless America" Hannah's Heroes 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 Changing Keys - Connecting Kids with Keyboards Top 15
Michigan Michigan Arianna Quan[46] Bloomfield Hills 23 Classical Piano, Mily Balalkirev's transcription of Mikhail Glinka's "L'Alouette (The Lark)" Being American: Immigration and Citizenship Education Louanne Gamba Instrumentalist Scholarship

Non-finalist Talent Award

Preliminary Talent Award
Minnesota Minnesota Madeline Taylor Van Ert[47] Rochester 19 Piano/Vocal, "What a Wonderful World" Fine Arts for Kids Miss Congeniality[15] Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
Mississippi Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis[48] Brookhaven 23 Show Tune Vocal, "A Piece of Sky" by Barbra Streisand from "Yentl" Mentoring Matters 4th runner-up Quality of Life Award Finalist[14] Previously Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen 2009

3rd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2014 pageant
Missouri Missouri Erin O'Flaherty[49] St. Louis 23 Vocal, "Mad Hatter", from"Wonderland,"[50] Suicide Prevention: We're All Responsible First openly gay contestant to compete at Miss America[citation needed]
Montana Montana Lauren Scofield[51] Havre 22 Piano, "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven[52] Planting the Seeds of STEM STEM Scholarship Finalist[14] Niece of Miss Montana 1986, Kamala Compton
Nebraska Nebraska Aleah Peters[53] Omaha 22 Baton Twirling "Wings" Cyber-bullying Prevention - Make Kindness Viral John Curran Non-finalist Communications Journalism Interview Award
Nevada Nevada Bailey Gumm[54] Minden 20 Tap Dance "Sax" by Fleur East Autism Through a Different Lens Quality of Life Award Finalist[14] Previously Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2011

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014 pageant
New Hampshire New Hampshire Caroline Carter[55] Dover 18 Vocal, "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables 1, 2, We: Diabetes Advocacy Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss New Hampshire's Outstanding Teen 2014
New Jersey New Jersey Brenna Weick[56] Mantua 22 Vocal A World of Difference: Navigating the Cybersphere 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[57] Albuquerque 23 Vocal, "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra Stephanie's Ponytail - How I Learned to Read Contestant at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
New York (state) New York Camille Sims[58] Ithaca 23 Vocal, "Sway" Encouraging Wellness and Fostering Food Dignity 2nd runner-up[9] Previously Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2010
2nd runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2011 pageant[40]

4th runner-up at Miss Georgia 2015 pageant
North Carolina North Carolina McKenzie Faggart[59] Concord 21 Lyrical Dance, "Rise Up" The SAFE Project Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2011
North Dakota North Dakota Macy Christianson[60] Minot 20 Contemporary Ballet You Decide the Road Ahead: Don't Drink and Drive Later Miss North Dakota USA 2020[61]
Ohio Ohio Alice Louisa Magoto[62] Cincinnati 18 Vocal, "Astonishing" from Little Women Beauty Unedited - Redefining Beauty for the Next Generation Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award Later Miss Ohio USA 2019 and Top 10 at Miss USA 2019
Oklahoma Oklahoma Sarah Klein[63] Tulsa 24 Piano Supporting our Troops from Deployment to Employment Top 12 Quality of Life Award Finalist[14] 2nd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
Oregon Oregon Alexis Mather Astoria 21 Bravura Performance "Nessun Dorma" from Giacomo Puccini's "Turandot" Mentoring to Develop Leaders
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Samantha Lambert Pittsburgh 22 Acrobatic Dance Heads Up: Brain Injury Awareness
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Carole Rigual Bayamón 22 Monologue, "Crossroads" Children Victims of Sexual Abuse Top 30 at Nuestra Belleza Latina 2013
Rhode Island Rhode Island Shruti Nagarajan[64] Providence 24 Bollywood-fusion dance Upward Mobility: College Access for Low Income and Minority Students Women in Business Scholarship Award[13]
South Carolina South Carolina Rachel Wyatt[65] Clemson 21 Jazz Dance, Something in the Water by Carrie Underwood Autism Speaks 1st runner-up[66] CMN Miracle Maker Award 1st runner-up[13] Previously Miss South Carolina Teen 2012

Previously Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013[67]
South Dakota South Dakota Julia Olson[68] Sioux Falls 23 Operatic Vocal "Omio Bino Caro[69] Worth It Contestant at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
Tennessee Tennessee Grace Burgess[70] Memphis 22 Vocal "Desperado” by The Eagles Ready, Set, Read! Encouraging a Love for Reading Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award[12]

Quality of Life Award Finalist[14]
Contestant at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
Texas Texas Caroline Carothers San Antonio 20 Baton Twirling, "Hot Honey Rag" from Chicago With + Math = I Can Top 7
Utah Utah Lauren Wilson[71] Pleasant Grove 21 Dance, "Libertango" With Help Comes Hope: Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Vermont Vermont Rylee Field[72] Montpelier 24 Spoken Word Poetry, "Mockingbird" by Rives Find a Happy Place - Positive Mental Health and Wellness
Virginia Virginia Michaela Gabriella Sigmon Chesapeake 21 Tap Dance[73] Making it Matter
Washington (state) Washington Alicia Nicole Cooper Vancouver 21 Tap Dance “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez[74] Live on Purpose: Defining Your Legacy 3rd runner-up
West Virginia West Virginia Morgan Breeden[75] Charles Town 21 Piano, "From Hurt to Heart” (Original composition)[76] Bullies Beware: I Have a Lion in My Heart Previously Miss West Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2012[77]
Wisconsin Wisconsin Courtney Jean Pelot[78] Manitowoc 22 Jazz Dance, “Burnin’ Up” by Jesse J. Cornish Open Books, Open Opportunity: Promoting Literacy in Our Communities
Wyoming Wyoming Jordyn Hall Laramie 23 Lyrical/Jazz dance Shatter the Silence - Stop the Violence


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