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Miss Arkansas Prevails At The Miss America Pageant

Miss Arkansas Prevails At The Miss America Pageant

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.

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.