During the first of three preliminary nights for the 2017 Miss America Competition in Boardwalk Hall, Miss Tennessee, Grace Burgess was named Tuesday nightâ€™s preliminary Talent winner for her vocal performance of “Desperado.”
Grace will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also capturing the spotlight was Miss District of Columbia, Cierra Jackson, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a pink Irene West swimsuit. Cierra will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Founded in 1921, the Miss America Organization is one of the nationâ€™s leading advocates for womenâ€™s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women. The Miss America Organization and its 52 state organizations make available millions in cash and in-kind scholarships annually. ItÂ 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.
TheÂ 2017 Miss America CompetitionÂ airs live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, September 11th @ 9PM ET/PT on ABC.