The 52 Contestants Competing in the 2017 Miss America Competition Tonight

Who will be Miss America 2017?

It’s that time of the year for the coveted Miss America title (and sparkling tiara) to be passed down to a new, fresh-faced beauty.

The list of lovely and intelligent individuals competing for the coveted Miss America crown come from all 50 states including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Before we choose the winner, let’s first take a closer look at this year’s hopefuls. Check out our breakdown of their talent, platform, and fun fact about each lady below!

The Miss America 2017 winner will be announced on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 9 pm ET on ABC.

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Miss Alabama – Hayley Barber

Talent: Tap Dance

Platform: Sight for Small Eyes – Advocacy for Comprehensive Eye Examinations at a Young Age, and Fundraising for Children with Low Vision

Fun Fact: She has competed for the Miss Alabama title four times before finally being successful on her fifth attempt.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Alaska – Kendall Bautista

Talent: Piano

Platform: The Power of One – Making a Difference

Fun Fact: This her second time being crowned Miss Alaska.

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Miss Arizona – Katelyn Niemiec

Talent: Baton Twirling

Platform: Bullying S.T.O.P.S. Here

Fun Fact: Prior to being Miss Arizona, she used to be a sports newscaster.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Arkansas – Savvy Shields

Talent: Jazz Dance

Platform: Eat Better, Live Better

Fun Fact: She loves to draw on giant canvas using charcoal at a local art studio back home.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss California – Jessa Carmack

Talent: Dance

Platform: “Building a Healthy Future” by instilling a healthy lifestyle for our youth

Fun Fact: She is incredibly flexible and can do the splits upside-down.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Colorado – Shannon Patilla

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Learning Through Serving

Fun Fact: Only one thing makes her happy: pizza.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Connecticut – Alyssa Rae Taglia

Talent: Dance

Platform: “Smiles for Seniors” – Enriching the Lives of Seniors Across America

Fun Fact: She considers her baby blanket to be her lucky charm.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Delaware – Amanda Debus

Talent: Contemporary Dance

Platform: All Aware, Allergy Awareness

Fun Fact: She found her platform after having a severe allergic reaction to pineapples.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss District of Columbia – Cierra Jackson

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Behind the Frontline: Supporting Military Children

Fun Fact: She was once featured in The First Lady’s #JoiningForces campaign.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Florida – Courtney Sexton

Talent: Dance

Platform: Get up! Get moving! Volunteer!

Fun Fact: Her dream job is to work with penguins.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Georgia -Patricia Ford

Talent: Ballet en Pointe

Platform: Promoting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Fun Fact: She loves cats.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Hawaii – Allison Carol Nanea Chu

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Safe in the Sun

Fun Fact: She has met and sang with Bruno Mars when she was a kid.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Idaho – Kylee Solberg

Talent: Classical Ballet en Pointe

Platform: Our Words Have Power

Fun Fact: She once had a customized, scented bowling ball in middle school.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Illinois – Jaryn Franklin

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Advocating for Individuals with Disabilities

Fun Fact: In her spare time, she likes to watch videos of when she was crowned Miss Illinois.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Indiana – Brianna DeCamp

Talent: Tap Dance

Platform: Ray of Hope: Medical Missions

Fun Fact: She loves to run alongside her beloved horse, Nevada.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Iowa -Kelly Koch

Talent: Ballet en Pointe

Platform: Pinky Swear Foundation

Fun Fact: She is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Kansas – Kendall Schoenekase

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Stay Alive – Don’t Text and Drive

Fun Fact: Her last name literally translates to “beautiful cheese”.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Kentucky – Laura Jones

Talent: Violin Solo

Platform: W.A.I.T.

Fun Fact: She knows how to play Michael Jackson‘s “Smooth Criminal” on the violin.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Louisiana – Justine Ker

Talent: Classical Piano

Platform: “A Beautiful Mind: Promoting Positive Mental Health”

Fun Fact: Her cousin was Miss California in 2013 and the Miss America first runner-up in 2014. It runs in the family!

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Maine -Marybeth Noonan

Talent: Vocal

Platform: “Be Their Voice” – Fundraising for childhood cancer research and providing assistance for families affected by the disease

Fun Fact: She used to work as a princess for children’s parties.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Maryland – Hannah Brewer

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Hannah’s Heroes

Fun Fact: Her boyfriend is in the US Air Forces.

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Miss Massachusetts – Alissa Musto

Talent: Piano

Platform: Changing Keys – Connecting Kids with Keyboards

Fun Fact: She lost her front two teeth after a slight walking mishap when she was traveling in Spain. She now rocks fake veneers.

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Miss Michigan – Arianna Quan

Talent: Piano

Platform: Being American: Immigration & Citizenship Education

Fun Fact: She was once pushed into a pile of cow poo by a mean bully who made fun of her lack of English-speaking skills.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Minnesota -Madeline Van Ert

Talent: Vocal & Piano

Platform: Fine Arts For Kids

Fun Fact: She once won a karaoke contest at her state fair.

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Miss Mississippi – Laura Lee Lewis

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Mentoring Matters

Fun Fact: She once had to undergo surgery due to midfacial hypoplasia – underdeveloped cheekbones and eye sockets, and faster-than-normal lower facial bone growth.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Missouri -Erin O’Flaherty

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Suicide Prevention: We’re All Responsible

Fun Fact: She is the first openly gay woman to compete in a Miss America Pageant.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Montana – Lauren Scofield

Talent: Piano

Platform: Planting the Seeds of STEM

Fun fact: She is majoring in Biochemistry is aspiring to be a doctor.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Nebraska- Aleah Peters

Talent: Baton Twirling

Platform: Cyberbullying Prevention – Make Kindness Viral

Fun Fact: It took Aleah three times to score her title as Miss Nebraska.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Nevada -Bailey Gumm

Talent: Tap Dance

Platform: Autism through a different Lens

Fun Fact: She has a direct family lineage to Judy Garland.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss New Hampshire – Caroline Carter

Talent: Vocal

Platform: 1, 2, We: Diabetes Advocacy

Fun Fact: She has met The First Family’s pet dog, Bo.

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Miss New Jersey – Brenna Weick

Talent: Vocal

Platform: A World of Difference: Navigating the Cybersphere

Fun Fact: She is a Potterhead. She once watched Harry Potter every night before bed.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss New Mexico – Stephanie Chavez

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Stephanie’s Ponytail – How I Learned to Read

Fun Fact: She can name every president there ever was within 20 seconds.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss New York – Camille Sims

Talent: Jazz Vocal

Platform: Encouraging Wellness and Fostering Food Dignity

Fun Fact: She despises red gummy bears.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss North Carolina – McKenzie Faggart

Talent: Lyrical Dance

Platform: The SAFE Project

Fun Fact: She dreams of driving on the NASCAR track.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss North Dakota – Macy Christianson

Talent: Contemporary Ballet en Pointe

Platform: You Decide The Road Ahead: Don’t Drink and Drive

Fun Fact: She can not only dance, but dance while wearing skis.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Ohio -Alice Magoto

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Beauty Unedited – Redefining Beauty for the Next Generation

Fun Fact: She once wore her prom dress to the Miss Ohio Pageant and she won!

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Oklahoma – Sarah Klein

Talent: Classical Piano

Platform: Supporting Our Troops from Deployment to Employment

Fun fact: She used to work at Chik-Fil-A as the cow that greeted customers.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Oregon – Alexis Mather

Talent: Operatic Vocal

Platform: Mentoring to Develop Leaders

Fun Fact: She loves to make overnight oats.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Pennsylvania – Samantha Lambert

Talent: Acrobatic Dance

Platform: Heads Up: Brain Injury Awareness

Fun Fact: She would love to compete on Cupcake Wars one day.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Puerto Rico – Carole Rigual

Talent: Monologue

Platform: Children Victims of Sexual Abuse

Fun Fact: She has 7 distinct scars on her face.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Rhode Island – Shruti Nagarajan

Talent: Bollywood Fusion Dance

Platform: Upward Mobility: College Access for Low Income and Minority Students

Fun Fact: She was born in Guam.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss South Carolina – Rachel Wyatt

Talent: Dance

Platform: Autism Speaks

Fun Fact: She can not only dance, but she can rap as well!

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The Miss America Organization

Miss South Dakota – Julia Olson

Talent: Classical Vocal

Platform: Worth It

Fun Fact: She is an amazing opera singer.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Tennessee – Grace Burgess

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Ready, Set, Read! Encouraging A Love for Reading

Fun Fact: She’s obsessed with Dolly Parton. I mean, who isn’t?

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Texas – Caroline Carothers

Talent: Baton Twirling

Platform: With + Math = I Can

Fun Fact: She has won multiple awards for baton twirling.

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Miss Utah – Lauren Wilson

Talent: Dance

Platform: With Help Comes Hope: Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Fun Fact: She can easily wiggle her left pinky toe.

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Miss Vermont – Rylee Field

Talent: Monologue

Platform: Find a Happy Place – Positive Mental Health & Wellness

Fun Fact: In case you ever score a date with Rylee, take her to mini gold date. She’ll love it!

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Virginia – Michaela Gabriella Sigmon

Talent: Tap Dance

Platform: Making it Matter

Fun Fact: Her father was the one who delivered her when her mother went into labor too early.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Washington – Alicia Cooper

Talent: Tap Dance

Platform: Live on Purpose: Defining Your Legacy

Fun Fact: She loves the aroma of freshly made pancakes.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss West Virginia – Morgan Breeden

Talent: Piano

Platform: Bullies Beware: I Have a Lion in My Heart

Fun Fact: Competing in pageants has been a part of her life since she was a toddler.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Wisconsin – Courtney Pelot

Talent: Jazz Dance

Platform: Open Books, Open Opportunity: Promoting Literacy in Our Communities

Fun Fact: She will wear anything that has feathers on it.

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The Miss America Organization

Miss Wyoming – Jordyn Hall

Talent: Lyrical Jazz Dance

Platform: Shatter the Silence – Stop the Violence (SSSV)

Fun Fact: She says that her dog’s affection inspires her.

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