A Nebraska native was crowned Miss USA for the first time on Monday as Sarah Rose Summers beat runner-up Miss North Carolina Caelynn Miller-Keyes and third-place finisher Miss Nevada Carolina Urrea to the crown.
Summers is a 23-year-old graduate from Texas Christian University, where she earned two degrees with a cum laude distinction: a Bachelor of Science in strategic communication with a business minor, and a Bachelor of Science in child development.
Her career choice was heavily influenced by her childhood. She was hospitalized after being diagnozed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) at five years old, an experience that made a lasting impression on her. "My nurse was amazing. She is who I strive to be like now working in children's hospitals," she said.