Miss Alaska, Emma Broyles, Crowned Miss America

She is the first Korean American and first Alaskan to wear the crown.

On Thursday, Emma Broyles was crowned Miss America -- and made history, becoming both the first Korean American and the first Alaskan to hold the title in the competition's 100-year history.

According to a spokesperson for the Miss America Organization, Broyles is believed to be the first Korean American contestant to win the crown. Broyles says her grandparents immigrated from Korea to Alaska about 50 years ago. Her mother, a special education teacher, was born and raised in Anchorage.

Broyles, who chose the Special Olympics for her social impact initiative, currently a junior at Arizona State University studying biomedical sciences and voice performance. Along with her title, Broyles wins just over $100,000 in college scholarships.

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