Miss South Carolina, a Pawleys Island native, places in top 10 at Miss America



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By Clayton Stairs cstairs@southstrandnews.com Sep 11, 2017 Updated Sep 12, 2017 (0)

Miss South Carolina 2017 Suzi Roberts shows her excitement during the 2018 Miss America Pageant at Boardwalk Hall Arena on Sept. 10. in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She placed in the top 10 finalists. Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions

The 2018 Miss America Competition aired live on Sunday, Sept. 10, from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on the ABC Television Network. The winner was Miss North Dakota Cara Mund.

Although Roberts, who was competing with a platform of child advocacy, didn't make the final cut for the Top 7, she had a chance to participate in the swimsuit competition and the evening gown portion and perform her choreographed dance routine.

She was also named the National Miracle Maker Award winner after raising $63,000 for the Children's Miracle Network, which is nationally aligned with the Miss America Pageant. Along with that, she received a $5,000 scholarship.

Roberts, 24, had competed in the Miss South Carolina Pageant three times, the last time representing Columbia. She placed in the top 10 her first year, then placed as first runner-up the second year as Miss Coastal Islands.

Roberts left Pawleys Island at age 12 to enter private ballet study in Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Texas, transferred to the University of South Carolina, cheered for the Atlanta Falcons and then pursued beauty pageants to eventually compete for the Miss South Carolina title. She is now living in Columbia and plans to attend law school at USC in the Children's Law Program and pursue a career that goes along with her child advocacy platform.

Mariah Johnson, Robert's mother, who attended the pageant, said she is very proud.

During her year of service as Miss America 2018, Mund will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion, and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The first runner-up in the Miss America Pageant was Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis, who earned a $25,000 scholarship. Her talent was a Bollywood dance routine and her personal platform is United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Diversity Matters. The second runner-up was Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel, who received a $20,000 scholarship. Her talent was dance, and her personal platform is Operation Empowerment. Third runner-up Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey received a $15,000 scholarship. Her talent was pop vocal, and her platform is Daring to Defeat Diabetes. Fourth runner-up Miss Texas Margana Wood was awarded a $10,000 scholarship. Her talent was contemporary dance and her platform is You Belong.



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