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Miss America crowned its 2020 winner.
Hosted Kit Hoover and by Mario Lopez, the contest saw 51 contestants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the crown. Airing on NBC that the telecast revealed in the end of the show the winner Miss Virginia Camille Schrier.
She will receive a $50,000 scholarship and a yearlong full-time standing advocating for an explanation for their choice and represent that the Miss America organization.
Schrier takes over the position from Nia Franklin, a classically trained opera singer from New York. The newly crowned Miss America vowed to use her entire year to teach Americans on issues of medication safety and abuse prevention from pediatrics to geriatrics.
Miss Georgia Victoria Hill was the first runner-up. In third position, a scholarship was received by Miss Missouri Simone Esters.
The series went through some changes in 2019 after the Miss America organization made it clear physical appearance was no more a priority in the competition, after eliminating the swimsuit and evening gown competitions from the series.
The events were substituted by onstage interviews and occasions for its participants to open up about the personal accomplishments, life goals, talent and a projected”societal impact initiative” they would work on if they won.
The show — sponsored this year by singer Kelly Rowland, Queer Eye celebrity Karamo Brown and Superstore celebrity Lauren Ash — was held Thursday at the Mohegan Sun Earth Expo & Convention Center in Uncasville, Connecticut.
“This is a Brand-new series,” Miss America President and CEO Regina Hopper informed CNN ahead of the series.
“The new format is interactive, challenging and exciting and is supposed to allow the judges, along with the crowd, to find out who these incredibly smart and talented young women are.
Miss America 2.0 is really about a young woman competing for employment. Each stage of the contest is supposed to highlight an important role of that job which is focused on advancing every day and her chosen effect initiative each. After the winner is chosen you’ll know her, why she won, and what she will do with her job this next year”
Throughout the series, Franklin opened up about her time as Miss America.
“I had a great year travel across America increasing scholarship money for women, advocating for the arts and sitting at the table of board rooms throughout the nation,
” she said at the start of the show. “So, to another Miss America, whoever you are, knock’em deceased tonight.”