Kara McCullough reacts as she is crowned the new Miss USA in May


Miss USA Kara McCullough will serve as the grand marshal for this year’s South Carolina State University Homecoming Parade.

“We are so honored that our esteemed alumna has agreed to come back home and help us celebrate during our homecoming festivities,” S.C. State National Alumni Association President John J. Funny said.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. The grand marshal will lead the parade from Edisto Memorial Gardens to the S.C. State campus.

McCollough was crowned Miss USA 2017 in May, becoming the second Miss District of Columbia in a row to win the honor.

Her platform as Miss USA focuses on doing more to steer children into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

She’s a scientist with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response in Washington, D.C.

McCullough reviews emergency plans for both new and operating nuclear facilities, including nuclear power plants. She's also a member of one of the agency's incident response teams.

Before becoming Miss USA, McCullough was named Miss South Carolina State University during the 2012-2013 academic year. She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry, with an emphasis in radiochemistry, from S.C. State in May 2013.

While a student, she was a member of the American Chemical Society, the Health Physics Society and the American Nuclear Society. She was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society and the National Society of Black Engineers.

She served as the secretary for the Chem Phi Chem Society and the Louis Stokes-South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation Program.

McCullough was also a volunteer with the “Dream, Believe, Know it,” Foundation, an organization that provided education programs, workshops and seminars.

The Virginia Beach, Virginia, native is the daughter of Betty Ann Parker-McCullough and Artensel E. McCullough.

To find out more about homecoming activities, visit www.scsu.edu/homecoming2017.


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