Miss America 2018 Action Underway in A.C.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -The always compelling competition to select the next Miss America is underway in southern New Jersey.

The historic Miss America pageant started in Atlantic City in 1921 and, through the years, there have been numerous changes and additions to the highly anticipated event.

For instance, 1945 was the first year a college scholarship was awarded to the winner. Also, the pageant didn't begin its traditional "Show Me your Shoes" Parade, until the 1980s.

Miss America is a role model for so many people — including men — all across this country.

While representatives from the Miss America Organization (MAO) — based in Atlantic City — continue to make exciting changes, Josh Randle, president and COO of the MAO, reveals that the qualities officials look for in a titleholder stand the test of time.

"We want a kind Miss America," says Randle. 

Miss America "We want someone who is just as comfortable walking the red carpet at the American Music Awards as she is playing with terminally ill children in a Children's Miracle Network hospital. Miss America is a role model for so many people — including men — all across this country. She's a [strong] voice for women everywhere and that's what we want her to be."

On Sunday, September 10th, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields will crown the next woman who embodies all of those qualities at Boardwalk Hall on Atlantic City's Boardwalk.

To get tickets to watch the 97th Miss America competition live visit ticketmaster.com.

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