Lopa, 26, a native of Spencerport near Rochester, shined through a field of more than 180 competitors to take the crown. Lopa has been trying for the crown for years, finishing as second runner-up in 2016, third runner-up in 2015 and missing the mark four times before that.
Hanna Lopa Miss New York USA 2017 with Serena Bucaj Miss New York USA 2016
Each contestant was judged in three areas of competition: interview, swimsuit and evening gown. Judging criteria included character, poise, confidence and personality. New York is one of the most successful states at Miss USA, and is ranked third in terms of number and value of placement across all years of competition.
New York's strongest run was an unbroken string of placements from 1957 to 1966. New York also had a streak of 3 consecutive 1st runner-up placements from 1972 to 1974.