On May 21, 2018, at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana, Sarah Rose Summers became the first Miss USA from the state of Nebraska!
After graduating Papillion La Vista South High School, Sarah Rose attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. She graduated Cum Laude in four years, completing two separate degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication with a Business minor. As an Omaha native, she has been a proud TCU Horned Frog as their baseball team has made it to her hometown for the College World Series the last four years. Go Frogs!
Sarah Rose has plans to utilize her own pediatric hospitalization experience, child development degree, and clinical experiences, from Children’s Medical Center Dallas and The Children’s Hospital at OUMC as a Certified Child Life Specialist. She will work as the liaison and advocate between children and families and the medical team in a children’s hospital setting; serving as an educator of sorts to help patients and their families understand procedures, diagnoses, and more all while normalizing the environment to relieve stressors and anxieties of hospitalization. She will take her certification exam during her year as Miss Nebraska USA and plans to implement her child life skill sets throughout her year by visiting hospitalized children as an active advocate for Vanbros’ Ross’ Foundation.
While in college, Sarah Rose was a member of the Dallas Cowboys Promotion team, interacting with fans, sponsors, and partners on game day. She was also a Zeta Tau Alpha sorority member, on the Ignite Ministries leadership team, a Cook Children’s college student volunteer, and worked at lululemon and as a pilates instructor. She took a leap of faith to study abroad in Peru where she traveled the country. From hiking Manchu Piccu to sleeping in a mosquito net in the Amazon Basin, she says while on this trip she felt confidently independent for the first time.
Following graduation, Sarah Rose lived in Wasilla, Alaska for a month to work a camp for children with behavioral issues due to being traumatized by the foster care system. In addition to diligently working with her 8-year-old camper who had been placed in over a dozen foster homes, she enjoyed traveling Alaska on the weekends. Hiking is one of her favorite hobbies and Alaska was full of extravagant hiking experiences.
In addition to hiking, Sarah Rose loves various aspects of health and fitness. As an avid cycler, she gets her ‘sweat therapy’ while taking, or teaching, a dance party cycling class. She is also a certified Lagree Fitness instructor, which she used to teach megaformer pilates throughout college. Sarah Rose is passionate about encouraging a healthy relationship with food and fitness and plans to do so throughout her year by working with organizations close to her heart including NEDA.