Miss America 2017 Announced as Head Judge

by / Friday, 27 October 2017 / Published in General, Nationals, News

Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017, has been announced as the head judge for the USA National Miss national pageant competition, to be held this summer in Orlando, Florida. Savvy crowned her successor at the Miss America pageant that was held last month in Atlantic City after an incredible year of service as Miss America 2017.

Savvy will serve as head judge for the 8th annual national pageant competition, which will take place inside Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort July 1-7, 2018. The pageant, known for its massive prize package, college scholarships, charity focus, and celebrity judges, is honored to have her as head judge, according to Jackie Watson, UNM founder and owner.

“Savvy has a quality about her that really resonated with everyone inside and outside of the pageant world. She is one of the most beloved Miss Americas in modern history and served with a genuine interest in connecting with the American people during her reign,” said Jackie. “I am thrilled and honored to welcome Savvy to UNM, knowing she is the perfect fit to lead our judges panel in selecting the next USA National Miss national queens, who will serve as role models to young women everywhere.”

Savvy is not the first Miss America to lead the judges panel at USA National Miss. Other forever Miss Americas who have served as a UNM Nationals judge include Teresa Scanlan (Miss America 2011), Katie Stam Irk (Miss America 2009), and Kira Kazantsev (Miss America 2015). USA National Miss has also recently brought in Miss Universe titleholders to sit on the judges panel, including Nia Sanchez (Miss USA 2014 and first runner up to Miss Universe), Migbelis Castellanos (Miss Venezuela Universe 2013) and Raquel Pelissier (Miss Haiti Universe 2016). Other noted judges have included Logan West (Miss Teen USA 2012), Leah Sykes (Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2014), and Summer Priester (Miss United States 2015), among others.

USA National Miss has state pageants in almost all states across the nation which serve as preliminary pageants for the national competition. For additional information about USA National Miss, or to sign up for a state pageant, click here.

Photo courtesy: Kattie Hansen Photography


Savvy Shields meets the current USA National Miss national queens backstage at the Miss America pageant moments before crowning her successor. Photo Credit: Premiere Photography

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