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Bulldogs Proud of STEM Alumna, Former Miss SC State Crowned Miss USA

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – The SC State University family is beaming with pride, celebrating, along with other Americans, the newly crowned Miss USA 2017, Kára McCullough. A 2013 SC State alumna, McCullough made history Sunday night when she was crowned the 66th Miss USA.

“Congratulations to our loyal daughter, Miss Kara McCullough, for winning the prestigious title of Miss USA. SC State University is beyond proud of her, as she accomplished a momentous feat,” said President James E. Clark.

“This national platform will increase the level of exposure to Kara’s commitment to STEM education awareness. Her recent win also puts the world on notice about SC State University – that from these hallowed halls, graduates are transformed to leaders with the potential to leave an indelible mark in the world.”

A Virginia Beach, Virginia native, McCullough earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with an emphasis in radiochemistry from SC State. The radiochemistry offering is a concentration within the university’s nuclear engineering degree program, the only such undergraduate degree program in South Carolina and at an Historically Black College or University. The nuclear engineering program ranks among CollegeChoice.net’s Top 25 Best Nuclear Engineering Bachelor’s program, joining the company of programs at MIT (1), Georgia Institute of Technology (2) and UC Berkeley (3).

McCullough is a nuclear scientist who works in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response on the emergency preparedness team.

No stranger to wearing a crown, McCullough reigned as Miss SC State University 2012-2013. In the Miss USA competition, McCullough represented the nation’s capital as Miss District of Columbia. She will compete in the Miss Universe 2017 competition.

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