Miss Nebraska, Sarah Rose Summers, has been crowned Miss USA.
Summers is a 23-year-old Omaha area native who graduated from Texas Christian University and is working to become a certified child life specialist. Summers graduated from Papillion-La Vista South High School in 2013. Summers succeeds Kara McCullough, crowned Miss USA last year in Las Vegas.
The 50 contestants entered in the pageant were quickly narrowed to 15, then to the final three contestants: Summers, Miss North Carolina Caelynn Miller-Keyes, and Miss Nevada Carolina Urrea. Each had to answer a final question: what would you write on a blank sign for a hypothetical march? Summers replied she would encourage people to “speak your voice.”
The audience in the national televised program cheered when Summers said people need to “listen to each other.”
A selection committee with input from viewers selected the winner.
Summers will represent the United States in the Miss Universe competition.