Miss Arkansas, Savvy Shields won the Miss America pageant Sunday night
in Atlantic City. She beat 52 other contestants to win the crown and
the title of Miss America 2016, succeeding the outgoing Miss America
Betty Cantrell. Shields performed a jazz dance to a song from the TV
show "Smash," for which she won a preliminary competition earlier in the
During the onstage interview portion of the competition, she was asked
what she thought of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, one
of several political questions asked of the contestants. "Both of the
contestants have done a good job, but they also need to watch what
they're doing," she said.
The runners-up were: Fourth runner-up, Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis;
third runner-up, Miss Washington Alicia Cooper; second runner-up Miss
New York Camille Sims; first runner up Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt.
The first openly gay contestant in the Miss America pageant was eliminated Sunday night when the top 15 finalists were chosen.