The Miss America Pageant crowned a 2017 winner in Atlantic City, and a Cornell graduate earned second-runner-up honors.
Ithaca resident Camille Sims represented New York in the pageant, showing off her jazz skills in the talent competition.
USA Today says Sims “won the Q&A” with a response about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
When she was asked what she thought of the real estate mogul and pop culture figure representing the GOP in the 2016 race, she said:
“I think he’s a bright reminder of how our country needs to come together. If you don’t agree with his message, then you need to decide where you stand on this debate. As Americans, we need to make sure that we are celebrating all people from all backgrounds.”
Sims majored in Human Development and a minor in Inequality Studies at Cornell, according to her bio.
She has worked closely with Tompkins County to promote nutrition and equality in local food programs.
She’s hoping to use that experience as part of her national platform.
Miss Arkansas, Savvy Shields, claimed the title of Miss America.