On Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, many North Dakotans were glued to their televisions and facebook newsfeeds to see if Miss North Dakota Cara Mund would be the first young lady from the state to claim the crown in the pageant’s 97-year history.

On Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, many North Dakotans were glued to their televisions and facebook newsfeeds to see if Miss North Dakota Cara Mund would be the first young lady from the state to claim the crown in the pageant’s 97-year history.  

As a local Board of Directors member of the Bismarck-Mandan Scholarship Pageant (Cara’s local pageant title prior to winning Miss North Dakota), former Devils Lake resident, Sarah (Anderson) Gratton, [who has first-hand pageant experience, herself] had spent the week at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, cheering Cara on through her preliminary competition so she was on pins and needles waiting for the suspenseful announcement.  When “Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund!” was announced by Chris Harrison, the whole venue and especially the North Dakota section erupted in cheers, tears, and hugs all around.  Those who know Cara know she is a genuine, intelligent, determined, and talented young lady with a heart to serve others.  “Heaven and earth were moved for Cara who had the courage of her convictions to follow her dreams,” said Gratton.      

When asked about the best piece of advice she would give to a young girl considering competing in a pageant, Cara stated, “Do it because you will never know what you will gain from it until you try!”  Cara’s hard work ethic coupled with an amazing local pageant board, supportive parents, and enthusiastic sponsors helped her get Miss North Dakota ready and quickly Miss America ready.  It was her goal to win Miss North Dakota in June; she shattered the goal by not only winning the title but also every area of competition which includes interview, talent, swimsuit, and evening gown.  Cara’s platform is Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion, and she has raised nearly $80,000 to fund wishes for wish children in North Dakota.  While her Miss America duties will take her across the country, Make-A-Wish and the national Miss America platform of Children’s Miracle Network are two causes near and dear to her heart.   

The next local Bismarck-Mandan Scholarship Pageant is being held Sunday, October 15, 2017, and is open to young ladies age 5-24 who live, work, and/or attend school in North Dakota.  If you would like to follow Miss America Cara Mund throughout her year of service, please check out missamerica.org and the Bismarck-Mandan Scholarship Pageant at bismanscholarship.org.  
Cara’s Welcome Home Party is being planned for early November, the Devils Lake Journal will keep you informed when that date gets closer.

Photo provided by the Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian