The pageant from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall included contestants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as well as the first openly gay contestant.
When she was asked what she thought of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, a former first lady of Arkansas, Shields said the "contestants" Clinton, Donald Trump and others “need to watch what they're doing." Shields stopped short of mentioning the Clinton email controversy, and corrected herself to say "candidates" before she was reminded she only had 20 seconds and seemingly ran out of time.
Shields performed a jazz dance to a song from the TV show "Smash," for which she won a preliminary competition earlier in the week.
Savvy Shields wins a $50,000 scholarship. The first runner-up, winning a $25,000 scholarship, was Miss South Carolina, Rachel Wyatt and the second runner-up, winning $20,000, was Miss New York, Camille Sims.