How to compete for the Miss USA crown

Miss New Jersey USA Chhavi Verg, left, and Miss Minnesota USA Meridith Gould wear earphones during the question portion of the Miss USA contest Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. The runner-up was Chhavi Verg, a student at Rutgers University studying marketing and Spanish. The second runner-up was Gould, who is studying apparel retail merchandising at the University of Minnesota. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Back to back titles for the nation's capital, as Miss D.C. captures the crown once again at Miss USA 2017. Fifty-one contestants from across the U.S. and Washington D.C. competed in swimsuit, evening gown, interview and on-stage question. The field was narrowed to the top 10 finalists at the start of the competition, broadcast live on KFOX-14 on May 14. By the end of the two-hour special, three contestants remained (New Jersey, Minnesota and D.C.). Each one answered an on-stage question and emotions ran high as the new Miss USA, Kara McCullough, was crowned.

McCullough is a scientist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She was born in Naples, Italy and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She said she wants to inspire children to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

McCullough will now begin training for the Miss Universe contest.

If you are interested in competing for Miss USA and meet all necessary requirements, please contact Laura Rayborn with Laura's Productions at 915-845-2894.

More information on the Miss New Mexico USA pageant may be found here. If you are interested in competing for the title of Miss Texas USA, preliminary title information for Miss El Paso USA may be found here.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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