Kara Arnold, Miss Davis County, was crowned Miss Utah 2012 on Saturday night at the Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City.
Arnold, of Bountiful, is a biochemistry major at the University of Utah and was recently accepted into the university's medical school. Along with the title she won Saturday, she will receive a $10,000 scholarship to help her toward her goal of becoming a physician. She received a preliminary award for academic excellence, which is sponsored by and decided upon by the Miss America organization.
During her reigning year, Arnold will travel the state promoting her chosen platform, "Discover Your Potential Step Up with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)," serving as an ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. She will also be the spokeswoman for the Child Protection Registry, which is dedicated to protecting Utah families from adult-oriented solicitations.