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Miss America says Girl Scouts played big role in her development

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Miss America Cara Mund signs autographs for Girl Scouts on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the Fargo Air Museum in Fargo. Carissa Wigginton / Forum News Service2 / 4
Miss America Cara Mund stops for a photo with Girl Scout Grace Devig, 9, of Fargo. Carissa Wigginton / The Forum3 / 4
Miss America Cara Mund poses for a photo with a Girl Scout Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the Fargo Air Museum in Fargo. Carissa Wigginton / Forum News Service4 / 4

FARGO — Miss America 2018 and Girl Scout alum Cara Mund got to share her story with fellow scouts Tuesday, June 19, about how her involvement with the organization impacted her life's journey.

Mund delivered the keynote address at the inaugural Gold Award Leadership Luncheon at the Fargo Air Museum, speaking to Girl Scouts from around the state about her long history with the group. Growing up, Mund was a Girl Scout from the first to the third grade in Mandan.

At her alma mater, Brown University in Rhode Island, Mund was also a member of the Kappa Delta sorority, whose national philanthropy is Girl Scouts. She said she picked the sorority based on the fact that one of their philanthropies was the group.

"I remember the impact the organization had in my life, so I wanted to do that for those girls, too," she said. "Even though I wasn't a Girl Scout anymore by that point, I got to give back to the organization."

Mund served as her sorority's vice president of community service and said she had the courage to run for the position because of the empowering organization she had been involved with as a kid.

Mund, the first woman from North Dakota to be crowned Miss America, also said she credits Girl Scouts for instilling in her a "never give up" mentality. She competed in the state pageant three times before she was crowned Miss North Dakota and eventually became Miss America.

"Looking back, I had the qualities of a Miss America, I was a servant leader, I was an advocate for change, I was a scholar," Mund said. "All things that are fostered right here in the Girl Scout program."

She added the organization instills leadership skills and teaches youth about giving back to their community.

Mund said she was excited to be at Tuesday's luncheon to celebrate North Dakota women and recipients of the Gold Award, the highest achievement awarded by the organization, and said it was important to be there to support them.

Wendy Allen was there with her daughter, Olivia Allen, and said Mund is a role model for her fourth-grade Girl Scout.

"She shows that coming from North Dakota, anything is possible, and that if you keep trying, you can achieve your goals and dreams," Wendy said.

Olivia Allen said she is in pageants and hopes to follow in Mund's footsteps to someday become Miss North Dakota. In her mind, Mund is a leader to North Dakota and represents the state, just like Girl Scouts do.

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