Miss USA has taken a break from living in New York City to return to Nebraska.
Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers had a goal of competing in the Miss USA pageant, but didn’t dare dream of winning it.
A key to her win was an answer to the question, if you had a blank placard on your way to a march, what would you write?
“The question was very vague,” Summers tells Coby Mach, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “It didn’t say if you were going to a march for the ‘Me Too’ movement what would you write on your sign? It just said, if you were headed to a march what would you write on your sign? And, I said, you know what, that hypothetical situation, you didn’t tell me what type of march I’m going to, so I would just write something really broad and I said, instantly, speak your voice.”
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 first made the top 15, whittled down from the 50 contestants, then made it to the final three. Each finalist had to answer the question. After giving her answer, Summers added people need to “listen to each other” to the delight of the audience at the nationally televised program.
Summers supports retaining the swimsuit competition. Miss America dropped that portion of the contest. Miss USA has kept it. Summers says the swimsuit competition allows contestants to show the results of their fitness programs and promotes fitness.
Summers will represent the United States in the Miss Universe competition and serve as Miss USA for the next year, living in downtown Manhattan.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]