During the 60th annual Miss USA beauty pageant, Nana Meriwether, the title holder for Miss Maryland, aced out the other contestants to place in the top 10, then top 5, then became the first runner up. Miss Rhode Island won the grand prize and will represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant later on this year.
A little about our first runner up and the current Miss Maryland:
Nana Meriwether grew up in Maryland, attended the Sidwell Friends School and Duke University where she was a member of the women’s volleyball team. She transferred to UCLA, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in political science and was a two-time NCAA All-American, a Collegiate Volleyball Update Player of the Year and a holder of three national NCAA women’s volleyball records. She also led her team to an NCAA Final Four appearance in 2006. Nana played volleyball professionally in Puerto Rico and trained for the 2008 Olympics in Colorado Springs. She is currently applying to medical schools and hopes to gain entrance by fall 2012.