She also won Miss SC State University back in 2012.
Kára McCullough, Miss District Of Columbia USA 2017 was crowned Miss USA on Sunday night from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Kara McCullough, a scientist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has been crowned Miss USA.
The victor of Sunday's pageant will compete in the Miss Universe contest.
Miss New Jersey emigrated from India and feels she "represents anyone who has ever had a dream". The second runner-up was Miss Minnesota Meridith Gould.
McCullough - born in Italy and raised in Virginia Beach - studied nuclear chemistry at South Carolina State University.
Also pictured on the red carpet is Deshauna Barber, who won the title past year!
Verg told The Associated Press days ahead of the competition that she and her parents immigrated from India to the USA with only $500 in their pockets when she was 4 years old. She said she wants to inspire children to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Miss, Universe organization has worked to incorporate women's empowerment into their pageants in the years since its split with its former owner, President Trump. During that time, she says, "I eventually told myself: I'm going to have diabetes, but my circumstance and my illness do not define me".
Several applauded Miss New Jersey for her answer on feminism. They still don't have that right to their independence, that right to their equality all because of education, and once we do take that step, I believe that an equal world will be a better world.
Wellentin, 24, who wants to be a middle school teacher after she completes a student-teaching requirement, said her experiences have taught her to not take no for an answer.
Julianne Hough and Terrence J are once again hosting the show.
The performer's list includes Pitbull and Brett Eldridge who will entertain everybody during the telecast.
Best Brief Moment Where It Seemed Like The Contestants Were on Unicycles: The Fifty (-One) Nifty contestants first sprinted onto the stage during a performance from the Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson ONE.
Now that her preparation toward the pageant is over, McCullough said she is looking forward to eating a Texas cheesesteak at Waffle House.
Miss Ohio, who's battled congestive heart failure, says she has a special ritual for competition day.