The newly crowned “Miss USA” 25 year-old Nuclear Scientist, KARA McCULLOUGH arrived in New York, her new home for a year with all expenses paid to begin her reign, and, to prepare for the “Miss Universe” pageant later this year, where she will be representing the USA. The 5’10” beauty who competed as “Miss District of Columbia” up until her crowning recently, is not only ready, willing and able to fulfill her Queenly duties, but she’s prepared for what’s ahead. According to pageant observers, her media tour in New York City was a breeze. Kara faced her challenges with the attitude of a true professional, she’s proven to be a quick thinker and is totally ready for the job ahead of her.
Miss USA - KARA McCULLOUGH.2jpg Miss USA - KARA McCULLOUGH.3jpgPhotos courtesy of Miss USA Facebook page
The new “Miss USA” really did not need a lot of ‘media prep.’ This was quite obvious, she met skeptics head on as they querried about the way she handled her final night question about her stance on health care, during the “Miss USA” competition. Kara stood by what she said and further explained in detail what she meant to several curious media outlets like: ‘Good Morning America,’ ‘Live with Kelly & Ryan,’ ‘Hot 97.1 Radio,’ ‘Fox 5-Television,’ ‘Inside Edition’ and ‘Sirus XM Radio.’
Kara comes with an impressive pedigree. Apart from being a Scientist with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the nation’s capital, Kara founded a community outreach organization for youths entitled ‘Science Exploration for Kids (SE4K). She received her degree in Radiochemistry from the University of South Carolina State. Kara is the daughter of a retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. She was born in Naples, Italy and has lived in several countries like; Italy, Japan, Hawaii and South Korea as an Army kid. Kara lists; playing basketball, roller skating and running track as her hobbies. She also loves coaching 6th and 7th Grade girls in basketball. The new Queen said she loves coaching basketball because it has helped her mature in her leadership abilities, plus, she says the girls keep her youthful.
Kara was the first runner-up in last year’s “Miss District of Columbia” pageant which was won by Deshauna Barber, who, of course went on to win the “Miss USA” crown and title last year. Deshauna was also among the top 9 winning circle at the “Miss Universe” pageant on January 29, in the Philippines. Kara said Deshauna encouraged her to re-enter the “Miss District of Columbia” pageant again this year which she did, and won. Now, Kara has followed in Deshauna’s footsteps in winning the “Miss USA” pageant. “Deshauna is just such a phenomenal person and she really broke so many pageant stereotypes. I’m just so thankful to have her as a sister, a friend and a mentor – and her crowning me is by far one of the most honorable achievements that I’ve had,” Kara told
“I came into the pageant to win,” said the lovely Kara. She recalled being the first name called for the top three during the pageant telecast, and, lifting her head, asking God for guidance, letting him know that she was extremely thankful. In terms of moving to New York and honoring her duties as “Miss USA” which include numerous appearances, extensive travel and participating with various charitable organizations that the Miss Universe Organization supports, Kara was beaming with excitement and anticipation. “I’ve wanted to live in New York City for a couple of years now. So, I’ve hit the ground running. I don’t think there’s going to be a moment of down time and I’m excited. If you’re not busy, what are you really getting done?” she asked.
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A record number of five of the seven Black contestants in this year’s “Miss USA” pageant made it to the top ten semi-finalist round. Three of those gifted ladies made it to the top five finalist, which included an Indian; Chhavi Verg (Miss New Jersey USA) and a Blonde: Merdith Gould (Miss Minnesota USA) who subsequently became the first and second runners-up respectively.
This year’s “Miss Congeniality” award, which is voted by the contestants themselves, was a tie. The title will be shared by Bayleigh Dayton (Miss Missouri USA) and Mikaela Shaw (Miss Wyoming USA). The date and venue of the upcoming “Miss Universe 2017” pageant has not been announced as of yet. However, it is expected to be sometime around December 2017 or January 2018.
By Walter Greene
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