Kuhn entered the pageant as Miss Collegiate Area. She is in her second year at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Her pageant platform is “The Opportunity of Education: Encouraging Today’s Young Women.” Her talent is playing the piano.
Miss America contestants are judged in the areas of talent, inteview, evening gown and swimsuit.
A new Miss America will be crowned on Sept. 14. The final night of pageantry will be broacast live on the East Coast by the ABC television network. A tape-delayed broadcast will follow for viewers on the West Coast.
If Kuhn is crowned Miss America, she will become the first contestant from Massachusetts to win at the national level.
Three women from Massachusetts have finished as first runner-up at Miss America pageants. They are Miss Massachusetts 2001 Abbie Rabine, Miss Massachusetts 1968 Catherine Monroe, and Miss Massachusetts 1944 Paulina McKevitt.
The latest to reach the top 10 at the national pageant is Miss Massachusetts 2002 Melanie Correia.
Other finishing in the top five at this year's Miss Massachusetts Pageant were First runner-up Brianna Bostick, Miss Taunton; Second runner-up Nicole DiBlasi, Miss Middlesex County; Third Runner-up Meagan Fuller, Miss Boston; and Fourth runner-up Charlena Kennedy, Miss Plymouth County.
Rounding out the top 10 were Victoria Leann DeKoatz, Miss Lakeville; Courtney Stern, Miss Somerset; Kira Kopacz, Miss Middleboro; Devon Elizabeth Williams, Miss Fall River; and Jillian Zucco, Miss New Bedford.
Also on Saturday, Courtney Adelman was crowned Miss Massachusetts’ Outstanding Teen 2014.
Adelman will travel to Orlando, Florida later this month to compete in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant.
The teen competition is the younger-sister pageant within the Miss America Organization. Contestants are ages 13-17 years old.