Savvy Shields had only been Miss America for less than an hour, but she already had a clear vision of what she hopes America will look like at the end of her term next year. "I hope that at the end of my year, we're starting to reward politicians for compromise," she said. Shields, who represented Arkansas in the pageant, won the crown Sunday night in Atlantic City, the AP reports. She was asked during her onstage interview what she thought of Hillary Clinton; she answered that while both Clinton and Donald Trump have done a good job thus far, "they also need to watch what they're doing."
Meeting reporters after the pageant, Shields elaborated. "What I want both candidates to focus on is compromise," she said. "Our country was founded on compromise. We're in a state now where both parties just seem to be yelling at one another." Shields, an art major at the University of Arkansas, topped a field of 52 contestants to win the crown. The four runners-up were Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt, Miss New York Camille Sims, Miss Washington Alicia Cooper, and Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis. (Miss Missouri Erin O'Flaherty, the first openly gay Miss America contestant, didn't make the final 15.)