Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, was crowned Miss America 2018 last night at the legendary competition in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for its 97th Anniversary.

Cara is an Ivy League honors graduate from Brown University who is headed to law school. At age 14, Cara founded North Dakota’s Annual Make-A-Wish Fashion Show. For 10 years, Cara has brightened 23 Wish Kids’ lives, became a “Certified Wish Granter,” and raised more than $78,500 for Make-A-Wish. In 2011, President  Obama recognized Cara’s charitable efforts. Cara is a national dance champion and trained four summers with The Rockettes. Cara’s recent work in the United States Senate and her passion for helping others ignited her own wish – to become the first Miss America from North Dakota.

See pictures of Cara's win in her hometown newspaper, The Bismarck Tribune.

Mund’s acceptance of the highly-coveted crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation and around the world during her year of service as Miss America 2018. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion, and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.

Founded in 1921, the Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading advocates for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women. The Miss America Organization and its state organizations award millions in cash and in-kind scholarships annually. The Miss America Organization also provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills within them a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs. The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, is the largest scholarship program for women in the United States.

As a former Miss North Dakota 1974, I'm so very proud of Cara and so very appreciative of the scholarships I won from The Miss America Organization to earn my bachelor's degree. That let me pursue my goal be a broadcaster and I'm still doing what I love.