EXPERTS' CHOICES for MISS AMERICA 2018
AS OF 9/9/17 - FINAL PREDICTIONS FROM OUR RESIDENT EXPERTS
I'm really impressed with this year's contestants.  It's hard to pick just 15, let alone predicting who I think will win the Miss America crown.  But I'm going with my gut feeling here so I think it's another Southern Belle that will take the crown this year.  But after much deliberation, I came to the conclusion that Miss Alabama, Jessica Procter, will be this year's Miss America.  
MISS AMERICA 2018 - ALABAMA - Jessica Procter
1st Runner Up - LOUISIANA
Laryssa Bonicquisti
2nd Runner Up - TEXAS
Margana Wood
3rd Runner Up - FLORIDA
Sara Zeng
4th Runner Up - ILLINOIS
Abby Foster
Top 7 - MINNESOTA
Brianna Drevlow
Top 7 - WASHINGTON
Nicole Renard
Top 10 - SOUTH CAROLINA
Suzi Roberts
Top 10 - NEW JERSEY
Kaitlyn Schoeffel
Top 10 - VIRGINIA
Cecili Weber
Top 15 - MISSISSIPI
Anne Elizabeth Buys
Top 15 - NORTH DAKOTA
Cara Mund
Top 15 - PENNSYLVANIA
Katie Schreckengast
Top 15 - IDAHO
​Taylor Lance
Top 15 - CALIFORNIA
​Jillian Smith
We've had a string of light-haired Miss America so I think it's time for a brunette.  I am torn between JessiKate Riley, Miss Utah and Laryssa Bonocquisti, Miss Louisiana.  But I think JessiKate Riley will be Miss America 2018.  
MISS AMERICA 2018 - UTAH - JessiKate Riley
1st Runner Up - LOUISIANA
Laryssa Bonicquisti
2nd Runner Up - MINNESOTA
Brianna Drevlow
3rd Runner Up - WASHINGTON
Nicole Renard
4th Runner Up - TEXAS
Margana Wood
Top 7 - OKLAHOMA
Triana Browne
Top 7 - NEBRASKA
Allison Tietjen
Top 10 - NEBRASKA
Allison Tietjen
Top 10 - VIRGINIA
Cecili Weber
Top 10 - SOUTH CAROLINA
Suzi Roberts
Top 15 - TENNESSEE
​Caty Davis
Top 15 - OHIO
Sarah Clapper
Top 15 - MARYLAND
Kathleen Casek
Top 15 - IDAHO
​Taylor Lance
Top 15 - NEW JERSEY
​Kaitlyn Schoeffel
I have reviewed and reviewed and reviewed every contestant but no one even comes close to the home-state girl, Kaitlyn Schoeffel, Miss New Jersey, as the new Miss America.  It was between her and Miss Washington, Nicole Renard.
MISS AMERICA 2018 - NEW JERSEY - Kaitlyn Schoeffel
1st Runner Up - WASHINGTON
Nicole Renard
2nd Runner Up - LOUISIANA
Laryssa Bonocquisti
3rd Runner Up - FLORIDA
Sara Zeng
4th Runner Up - TEXAS
Margana Wood
Top 7 - UTAH
JessiKate Riley
Top 7 - NEBRASKA
Allison Tietjen
Top 10 - NEW YORK
Gabrielle Walter
Top 10 - OKLAHOMA
Triana Browne
Top 10 - SOUTH CAROLINA
Suzi Roberts
Top 15 - MASSACHUSETTS
​Jillian Zucco
Top 15 - ILLINOIS
Abby Foster
Top 15 - TENNESSEE
Caty Davis
Top 15 - MARYLAND
Kathleen Masek
Top 15 - CALIFORNIA
​Jillian Smith
Good luck to all the ladies!