The fourth runner up was Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras; third runner up was Miss Florida Taylor Tyson; second runner up was Miss Louisiana Holli' Conway, and the first runner up was Miss Connecticut Bridget Oei.
But the seven judges - which included athlete Laila Ali, music producer Randy Jackson, journalist Soledad O'Brien, and musician and TV host Carnie Wilson - ultimately landed on Franklin, who has a fierce passion for music and performance and composed her first song at the age of 6. It went "Love, love, love, love, is the only thing that matters to me, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey".
When asked on Friday, the final night of the preliminary competition, what she believed was the most serious issue facing the nation, Madeline Collins, Miss West Virginia, name-checked the leader of the free world.
Ultimately, Collins lost the interview portion of the contest to Miss Massachusetts, Gabriela Taveras, who fielded a question about how Americans travelling overseas should interact with foreigners.
The judges narrowed the field of 51 candidates during the pageant Sunday night from Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.
The onstage interview has replaced the swimsuit competition in this year's pageant, a change that has created controversy among those who feel the pageant needed to be modernized, and those who feel an integral part of the pageant is being sacrificed.
This year marks the first time the broadcast will not include a swimsuit competition.
The swimsuits were replaced by onstage interviews, which have generated attention-grabbing remarks from contestants regarding President Trump, and National Football League player protests, among other topics. "We are a multi-faceted people".
Things are getting political at the Miss America pageant.
The outgoing Miss America, Cara Mund, says the two have bullied and silenced her, claims that the women deny.
Mund's accusations led to numerous state organizations demanding that national chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper resign.
Another Miss America contestant captured headlines for her response when she was asked what advice she would give NFL players on whether to kneel or stand for the national anthem.
We should let them know that "we as Americans are supporting them and that we are there to help them", she suggested, according to The Associated Press.