The competition will be broadcast on NBC on July 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central Standard Time.
“I am absolutely honored and thrilled to represent Missouri on and off the Miss USA stage,” the Kansas City native said.
Dunn graduated in May 2014 from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Science and Disorders. She was crowned Miss Missouri USA 2015 in November of last year. "The past year has been one to remember," she said.
“This entire year has been a huge blessing,” Dunn said. “I have been able to volunteer at so many charity events, meet incredible Missourians with huge hearts, as well as travel across the country to prepare for the pageant.”
“I’m most looking forward to meeting the other contestants and stepping on the Miss USA stage,” she said, “which is something I have been dreaming about for a long time now. I can’t wait to give it my all and bring home that crown.”
While she was a junior at the University of Missouri, Dunn said "competing in pageants was something she started to pursue." “I’ve never looked back,” Dunn said. “It has been such an incredible experience.”
During her time at University of Missouri, Dunn founded a mentorship program called Mizzou for You that helps peers with special needs transition from high school to adulthood. As Miss Missouri, Dunn has been able to advocate for the program, which has been a great opportunity, she said. Dunn said she credits her leadership roles and responsibilities she had at Mizzou to prepare her for all aspects of the competition.
Throughout her reign as Miss Missouri USA, Dunn has helped raise money for Warriors for Ross, named after Donald “Ross” Elliott III, a child who lost his battle with leukemia at a young age. The campaign aims to help families with children who have been diagnosed with leukemia.
The winner of the Miss USA 2015 Pageant will represent the United States at the Miss Universe Pageant.
You can follow Rebecca Dunn on the Road to The Crown as she competes for Miss USA:
Facebook: Miss Missouri USA
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