by Alyssa Rogers
Sunday, September 13, the new Miss America was crowned. Betty Cantrell comes from Georgia and is the first Miss America in three years to be from a state other than New York. Her court included first runner-up Hannah Roberts from Mississippi, and second runner-up Kelley Johnson from Colorado.
Cantrell was the successor of Kira Kazantsev from New York. Cantrell was very gracious when speaking about her new title. “I’m still so overwhelmed; I don’t know what to say other than thank you!” she told reporters shortly after being crowned.
For her talent she performed opera, and for her onstage question she received something which was unexpected by everyone: did Tom Brady cheat in the Super Bowl? A very strange question to be asked in an on-stage setting, but Cantrell didn’t let that phase her. She responded with confidence, letting no nerves show. Her answer basically stated that if there was any questioning about whether or not he cheated, then he must have, otherwise no one would even wonder. After her crowning she admitted that the question she received threw her off, and that she thought she blew it. However, she didn’t, she won, and she is Miss America 2016!