Miss Utah and Miss Texas Win Titles in First Night of Preliminaries for The 2018 Miss America Competition

Miss Texas Margana Wood, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, and Miss Utah JessiKate Riley
Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian

The preliminary rounds for the 2018 Miss America Competition are officially here!

Kicking off last night (September 6) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, all 51 contestants competed in both the Talent and Lifestyle and Fitness categories.

Miss Utah, JessiKate Riley was named Tuesday night’s preliminary Talent winner for her classical violin performance. JessiKate will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also capturing the spotlight was Miss Texas, Margana Wood, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a vibrant blue swimsuit. Margana will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

There are two more nights of preliminary rounds, where each contestant will compete again in the appropriate categories. The final night of competition will air on Saturday, September 9th @ 9PM ET/PT on ABC.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.