The outgoing Miss America, Betty Cantrell reacts as she tries to put a Miss America sash on winner Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields during the Miss America 2017 pageant, Sunday, Sept. Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell swore on national television as Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields was crowned the new Miss America. Another beauty pageant, another flub during the night's biggest moment.Skidmore will become Miss Arkansas if Shields is crowned Miss America in September.
Shields was also happy to be back in town working with the Northwest Arkansas community since this is where her journey began.Since then Savvy has been traveling the country sharing her kind spirit with everyone she meets."Most of what Miss America does is about service," Sam Haskell the Executive Chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization said.This is the first time she's been home since being crowned Miss America six weeks ago.
"I'm going to hug a lot of people, that's for sure," she said.
Shields beat out fourth runner-up Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis, third runner-up Miss Washington Alicia Cooper, second runner-up Miss New York Camille Sims and first runner-up Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt during Sunday night's live event in Atlantic City.