Sarah Rose Summers from Nebraska has beaten 50 other women to win the crown at this year’s Miss USA competition. Summers, a 23-year-old contestant from Omaha, graduated from Texas Christian University with two degrees and is working on becoming a certified child life specialist.
With Monday evening’s victory, she takes over from Kara McCullough, who won the competition last year when it was held in Las Vegas. At the start of a two-hour broadcast, the field was immediately narrowed down to 15 contestants according to how they performed during preliminary rounds held in the days before Monday’s broadcast.
Then the field was narrowed down during the evening gown, swimsuit and interview portions of the competition. The final three contestants — Summers, Caelynn Miller-Keyes of North Carolina and Carolina Urrea of Nevada — were asked what they would write on a blank sign on the way to a hypothetical march.
Miller- Keyes was 1st runner-up and Urrea the 2nd runnerup. Summers said she would encourage people to “speak your voice” with her sign. Urrea vowed to work to eliminate homelessness. Miller-Keyes spoke about sexual assault prevention, saying she would march for “your body, your rights.” (AP)