Miss Arkansas crowned the new Miss America 2017

Miss Arkansas crowned the new Miss America 2017

(WTVM) - She's beauty, she's grace… Miss Arkansas 2017 Savvy Shields the new Miss America 2017.

This year's competition was held at the ABC Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.

Shields will take over from the 2016 winner, former Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell.

A few of the contestants also have local ties to our area.

Miss District of Columbia Cierra Jackson is a former Miss Columbus who lived in Fort Benning, while Miss Georgia Patricia Ford was crowned in Columbus earlier this summer.

Additionally, Miss New York Camille Sims is originally from the Atlanta area. Hayley Barber of Pelham is representing the state of Alabama.

Congrats to the new Miss America and all of the contestants.

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