The 2014 Miss America Pageant will be televised live beginning at 9 p.m. on ABC Sunday.

Meet the 53 contestants, including Miss Utah 2013 Ciera Pekarcik.

Related: Ciera Pekarcik crowned Miss Utah 2013 at Capitol Theatre Saturday

Alabama

Name: Chandler Champion

Hometown: Leeds, Alabama

Age: 20

Education:
Alabama School of Fine Arts
University of Alabama

Platform Issue: Chandler's Challenge: Reading is Believing - Don't Stop Believing

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and Broadcast Journalism and pursue a Master’s degree

Alaska

Name: Michelle Taylor

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

Age: 20

Education:
Family Partnership Charter School
University of Alaska Anchorage

Platform Issue: Youth Involvement in the Political Process

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management.

Arizona

Name: Jennifer Smestad

Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona

Age: 20

Education:
Chandler High School
Grand Canyon University

Platform Issue: Tourette Syndrome Awareness and Advocacy

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Master's of Science in Exercise and Wellness.

Arkansas

Name: Amy Crain

Hometown: Hot Springs, Arkansas

Age: 23

Education:
Lake Hamilton
University of Arkansas

Platform Issue: Bullying: Prevention and Recovery

Scholastic Ambition: To Obtain a Master's Degree in Business Administration

California

Name: Crystal Lee

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Age: 22

Education:
2013 Stanford University Graduate: B.A. Human Biology; M.A. Communication

Platform Issue: Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Scholastic Ambition: To Earn an MBA

Colorado

Name: Meg Kardos

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Age: 23

Education:
Cherry Creek High School
University of Denver

Platform Issue: Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Law Degree and a Master’s Degree in Journalism

Connecticut

Name: Kaitlyn Tarpey

Hometown: Stamford, Connecticut

Age: 21

Education:
The Loomis Chaffee School
Pace University

Platform Issue: Our Time To Serve: Hiring and Housing Our Veterans

Scholastic Ambition: To attend graduate school for Human Communications

Delaware

Name: Rebecca Lee Jackson

Hometown: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Age: 21

Education:
Unionville High School
University of Delaware

Platform Issue: Fostering Music

Scholastic Ambition: To star in an opera in the University of Delaware Opera Theater

District of Columbia

Name: Bindhu Pamarthi

Hometown: Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Age: 23

Education:
NC School of the Arts
UNC Chapel Hill

Platform Issue: Makeup's Should Be Makeup

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain my Juris Doctorate.

Florida

Name: Myrrhanda Jones

Hometown: Gainesville, Florida

Age: 20

Education:
Buchholz High School
University of Florida

Platform Issue: Comfort For Kids, Inc.

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a BA in Telecommunications and a BS in Nursing.

Georgia

Name: Carly Mathis

Hometown: Leesburg, Georgia

Age: 22

Education:
Deerfield-Windsor School
University of Georgia

Platform Issue: Heart Health and Heart Safety

Scholastic Ambition: To attend law school and earn a Juris Doctor Degree

Hawaii

Name: Crystal Lee

Hometown: Waipahu, Hawaii

Age: 22

Education:
Pearl City High School
University of Hawaii

Platform Issue: Promoting the Gift of Life: Educating the Public of the Importance of Giving Blood

Scholastic Ambition: To pass a language proficiency test as "fluent" in the French language.

Idaho

Name: Sarah Downs

Hometown: Emmett, Idaho

Age: 23
Education:
Emmett High School
University of Pennsylvania

Platform Issue: Promoting Nutrition: Taking Back Our Health

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Ph.D. in Dietetics

Illinois

Name: Brittany Smith

Hometown: Elmhurst, Illinois

Age: 23

Education:
York High School
Purdue University

Platform Issue: STEM - Taking the PULSE of American Healthcare

Scholastic Ambition: To attend Physician Assistant graduate school

Indiana

Name: Terrin Zoe Thomas

Hometown: Auburn, Indiana

Age: 21

Education:
DeKalb High School
Indiana University

Platform Issue: Promoting Service-Learning: Connecting Academics & Volunteerism

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Master’s Degree in Journalism

Iowa

Name: Nicole Kelly

Hometown: Keokuk, Iowa
Age: 23

Education:
Keokuk High School
University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Platform Issue: The Power of One

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Master’s Degree in Theatre Management

Kansas

Name: Theresa Vail

Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas

Age: 22

Education:
Leavenworth High School
Kansas State University

Platform Issue: Empowering Women; Overcoming Stereotypes and Breaking Barriers

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Doctor of Dentral Surgery Degree

Kentucky

Name: Jenna Day

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Age: 21

Education:
Louisville Male High School
University of Kentucky

Platform Issue: Improving the Lives of Special Needs Children

Scholastic Ambition: To graduate with a double major and attend graduate school.

Louisiana

Name: Jaden Leach

Hometown: West Monroe, Louisiana

Age: 21

Education:
West Monroe High School
University of Louisiana at Monroe

Platform Issue: Children at Risk

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Family Law Degree

Maine

Name: Kristin Korda

Hometown: Saco, Maine

Age: 21

Education:
Thornton Academy
Southern Maine Community College

Platform Issue: The Light Within: Self Esteem and Success

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a degree in Vocal Performance at Berklee College of Music

Maryland

Name: Christina Denny

Hometown: Owings Mills, Maryland

Age: 22

Education:
The Park School of Baltimore
University of Maryland, College Park

Platform Issue: Special Deeds for Special Needs

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

Massachusetts

Name: Amanda Narciso

Hometown: Taunton, Massachusetts

Age: 22

Education:
Coyle Cassidy High School
Salve Regina University

Platform Issue: Best Buddies

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Master’s Degree in Expressive Therapy: Dance Therapy and Counseling Specialization

Michigan

Name: Haley Williams

Hometown: Saline, Michigan

Age: 20

Education:
Saline High School
University of Alabama

Platform Issue: Through a Child's Eyes: Conquering Childhood Grief

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Master’s Degree in Public Administration

Minnesota

Name: Rebecca Yeh

Hometown: Nisswa, Minnesota

Age: 20

Education:
Brainerd High School
Ohio Northern University

Platform Issue: My Voice for Philip

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain my Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree.

Mississippi

Name: Chelsea Rick

Hometown: Fulton, Mississippi

Age: 23

Education:
Itawamba Agricultural High School
Millsaps College
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Platform Issue: Full Plates, Healthy States

Scholastic Ambition: To gain my Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine

Missouri

Name: Shelby Ringdahl

Hometown: Columbia, Missouri

Age: 21

Education:
Rock Bridge High School
Texas Christian University

Platform Issue: CASA: Home, Safe, Home

Scholastic Ambition: To graduate Summa Cum Laude

Montana

Name: Sheridan Pope

Hometown: Sidney, Montana

Age: 21

Education:
Sidney High School
Minnesota State University

Platform Issue: Possibilities for Disabilities: Inclusion Education

Scholastic Ambition: To receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Inclusive Education and then to pursue a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy

Nebraska

Name: JaCee Pilkington

Hometown: Minatare, Nebraska

Age: 21

Education:
Bayard High School
Doane College

Platform Issue: Operation Remember Me – Supporting our Military and Veterans

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration in a dual program

Nevada

Name: Diana Sweeney

Hometown: Moundhouse, Nevada

Age: 20

Education:
Carson City High School
University of Nevada Reno

Platform Issue: Special Olympics: Special Deeds for Special Needs

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D in Math and Education.

New Hampshire

Name: Samantha Russo

Hometown: Nashua, New Hampshire

Age: 23

Education:
Nashua High School North
Emerson College

Platform Issue: Kick Butts: Tobacco Education and Prevention

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Master's Degree in Sports Management.

New Jersey

Name: Cara McCollum

Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey

Age: 21

Education:
Forrest City High School
Princeton University

Platform Issue: Giving the Gift of Reading

Scholastic Ambition: To graduate from Princeton University with a Degree in English.

New Mexico

Name: Alexis Victoria Duprey

Hometown: Alamogordo, New Mexico

Age: 22

Education:
Alamogordo High School
New Mexico State University

Platform Issue: The Power of One: Single Parent Families

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies.

New York

Name: Nina Davuluri

Hometown: Syracuse, New York

Age: 24

Education:
St. Joseph High School
University of Michigan

Platform Issue: Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency

Scholastic Ambition: To attend Medical School to become a Physician.

North Carolina

Name: Johna Edmonds

Hometown: Lumberton, North Carolina

Age: 24

Education:
Lumberton High School
North Carolina State University

Platform Issue: Readers to Leaders

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Master’s of Accounting

North Dakota

Name: Laura Harmon

Hometown: Grand Forks, North Dakota

Age: 24

Education:
Red River High School
University of North Dakota

Platform Issue: Energy Kids: Raising Responsible Energy Users

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Graduate Degree in Geography

Ohio

Name: Heather Wells

Hometown: Warren, Ohio

Age: 23

Education:
Howland High School
Kent State University

Platform Issue: Divorce Recovery for Youth

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Master’s Degree in Nutrition.

Oklahoma

Name: Kelsey Griswold

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Age: 21

Education:
Union High School
Oklahoma City University

Platform Issue: A.R.T - Artists Reaching Together

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Acting.

Oregon

Name: Allison Elizabeth Cook

Hometown: Klamath Falls, Oregon

Age: 19

Education:
Granite Bay High School
Oregon Institute of Technology

Platform Issue: Brain Injury Awareness

Scholastic Ambition: To graduate from Oregon Tech in 2016.

Pennsylvania

Name: Annie Rosellini

Hometown: Butler, Pennsylvania

Age: 21

Education:
Butler Area Senior High
Point Park University

Platform Issue: Heart Disease Awareness and Prevention for our Future

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising

Puerto Rico

Name: Shenti Lauren

Hometown: Barranquitas, Puerto Rico

Age: 23

Education:
University of Puerto Rico

Platform Issue: Children's Neglect and Abuse, Preventing with Love

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Master's in Broadcast Meteorology.

Rhode Island

Name: Jessica Marfeo

Hometown: Exeter, Rhode Island

Age: 19

Education:
The Prout School
University of Rhode Island

Platform Issue: B.F.F: Be Friends First – Promoting Health Relationship Education and Mentoring

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain two Master’s Degrees in Physician Assistant Studies and Public Health.

South Carolina

Name: Brooke Mosteller

Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Age: 24

Education:
Wando High School
Furman University
University of South Carolina School of Law

Platform Issue: GO HIGHER! College Application Day

Scholastic Ambition: To earn a Juris Doctor.

South Dakota

Name: Tessa Dee

Hometown: Mitchell, South Dakota

Age: 22

Education:
Mitchell High School
University of South Dakota

Platform Issue: Project Bookworm

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology.

Tennessee

Name: Shelby Thompson

Hometown: Franklin, Tennessee

Age: 23

Education:
Centennial High School
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Lipscomb University MBA program in Nonprofit Management

Platform Issue: Big Brothers Big Sisters: The Power of Mentoring

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain my Master of Business Administration from Lipscomb University with a concentration in Nonprofit Management.

Texas

Name: Ivana Hall

Hometown: Cedar Hill, Texas

Age: 23

Education:
Cedar Hill High School
Texas Woman's University

Platform Issue: HIV/AIDS Education and Resources

Scholastic Ambition: To aquire a Bachelor's Degree in Government

Utah

Name: Ciera Pekarcik

Hometown: Farmington, Utah

Age: 23

Education:
Davis High School
University of Utah
Utah Valley University

Platform Issue: Child Sexual Abuse; Recognition and Recovery

Scholastic Ambition: To graduate from the University of Utah with a degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Mass Communication.

Vermont

Name: Jeanelle Achee

Hometown: Rochester, Vermont

Age: 22

Education:
The Sharon Academy
The University of Vermont

Platform Issue: Stop the Silence: Advocating for Survivors of Sexual Violence and Promoting Healthy Relationships

Scholastic Ambition: To attend graduate school, and to obtain a Doctorate in Nursing

Virgin Islands

Name: Ashley Massiah

Hometown: Fredricksted, St, Croix, Virgin Islands

Age: 21

Education:
St. Croix Educational Complex
Universitty of The Virgin Islands

Platform Issue: Breaking The Silence to Violence: Addressing the Violence in Our Community

Scholastic Ambition: To graduate from college with a 4.0 or above GPA, or on the Dean's List.

Virginia

Name: Desiree Williams

Hometown: Newport News, Virginia

Age: 24

Education:
McIntosh High School
Hampton University

Platform Issue: Fighting Childhood Obesity: Let's Move!

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Washington

Name: Reina Almon

Hometown: Yakima, Washington

Age: 21

Education:
West Valley
Eastern Washington University

Platform Issue: Sustain-Ability: Impacting Tomorrow, Today

Scholastic Ambition: To graduate from Gonzaga Law School.

West Virginia

Name: Miranda Renee Harrison

Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia

Age: 19

Education:
Henrico Center for the Arts
Marshall University

Platform Issue: Never Say Never: Support for Children and Families Coping With Childhood Cancer

Scholastic Ambition: To graduate with a BA in Broadcast Journalism then attend law school.

Wisconsin

Name: Paula Mae Kuiper

Hometown: Racine, Wisconsin

Age: 20

Education:
Racine J.I Case High School
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Platform Issue: Breaking the Age Barrier

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Ph.D in Medicine.

Wyoming

Name: Rebecca Podio

Hometown: Newcastle, Wyoming

Age: 23

Education:
Newcastle High School
University of Wyoming

Platform Issue: Community in the Classroom

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain the designations of a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Professional Engineer