WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Update, 10:55 p.m.: Miss DC Briana Kinsey became the third runner up in the Miss America competition Sunday night.
Miss North Dakota Cara Mund was crowned Miss America 2018.
She bested a field of 51 competitors from each state and the District of Columbia during the weeklong event's finale Sunday night in Atlantic City.
Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, former Miss Arkansas, placed the crown on her teary-eyed successor's head as the new Miss America accepted applause and cheers from the audience and judges.
Miss North Dakota emerged victorious through a series of swimsuit and talent contests, onstage speeches and two rounds of interviews by judges.
Mund took home the Miss America crown.
Original Post, Sept. 10, 10:22 p.m.; Miss DC Briana Kinsey and Miss Virginia Cecili Weber are one step closer to becoming Miss America. Both women made the Top 12 as finalists in the Miss America competition Sunday night.
Social media was abuzz with excitement:
Miss DC was once on Family Fued. Remember that if she makes the final 2. pic.twitter.com/hX3FN0efbi— Greg Hulsey (@GregHulsey) September 11, 2017
Ahhhh one of the sweetest employees I ever had made it to the top 14. @MissAmericaVA, we are cheering for you gorgeous ❤️✨❤️— roxy (@Roxy1021) September 11, 2017
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