Congratulations to 25-year-old Kára McCullough who was named Miss USA 2017 in the pageant Sunday night.

It was the second year in a row that a contestant from the District of Columbia will wear the crown. Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber, crowned McCullough at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

McCullough’s platform was STEM research, as she is a chemist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She will go on to compete in the Miss Universe competition.

The runner-up was Miss New Jersey, Chhavi Verg. The second runner-up was Miss Minnesota, Meridith Gould.