From Left: Miss District of Columbia Cierra Jackson, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, Miss Tennessee Grace Burgess
(Photo: MAO/Bruce V. Boyajian)
*Originally posted September 7, 2016
Atlantic City, NJ (September 6, 2016) – 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. The Miss America Organization 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.