Miss District of Columbia and Miss Tennessee Win Preliminary Awards on the First Night of the 2017 Miss America Competition

Photo: MAO/Bruce V. Boyajian
Photo: MAO/Bruce V. Boyajian
Photo: MAO/Bruce V. Boyajian

During the first of three preliminary nights for the 2017 Miss America Competition in Boardwalk Hall, Miss Tennessee, Grace Burgess was named Tuesday night’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 nation’s leading advocates for women’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. It 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.

The 2017 Miss America Competition airs live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, September 11th @ 9PM ET/PT on ABC.

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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