Congratulations are in order for Sarah Rose Summers, for she has been crowned the next Miss USA, after the final selection which took place on Monday night. The 23-year-old takes the crown after 2017’S Miss USA, Miss District Of Columbia Kára McCullough.
It was an extremely cheery event as the Omaha resident was called to accept the sash, along with the dazzling crown and the customary bouquet. Summers would now be the contestant to represent the US in the Miss Universe competition for this year. The annual pageant was aired on Fox this year and was hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, who was Miss Teen USA 1998. Also present were Carson Kressley and Lu Sierra, who were in charge of providing analysis, reports USA Today.
Unlike the usual pattern which is followed by the revered pageant, this year, a selection committee of five female leaders was chosen in the place of celebrities to serve as judges on the panel, with another twist in the tale. To keep a spirit of transparency and drive away bias, the pageant viewers got to cast their vote for their favorite contestant online.
Summers, for the next one year, will take over from McCullough, who had devoted her time as the previous year’s Miss USA to STEM and diversity initiatives. Summers, on the other hand, will be a spokesperson for the Miss Universe Organisation and will take up the responsibilities of performing charitable acts, attending galas and fundraisers, and most importantly, making special appearances, among many other duties.
For those who aren’t aware of this, Summers is a child life specialist and a pilates instructor, who works as a liaison between the families of hospitalized children and their doctors. The registered nurse attended college at the Texas Christian University and graduated Cum Laude with two completely separate degrees: Bachelor of Science in Child Development and a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication with a Business minor.
Summers became Miss USA 2018 after triumphing over her fellow competitors Miss North Carolina USA, Caelynn Miller-Keyes, and Miss Nevada USA, Carolina Urrea, who grabbed the sashes for first and second runner-up respectively. She was also crowned Miss Nebraska Teen USA in 2012.
Fans of the annual pageant were reportedly so blown away by Summer’s performance, that they believed she would win even before the results were announced. One fan tweeted, “Miss Nebraska’s got it in the bag,” while others just poured in congratulations for the bright young woman.