Miss America 2015 contestants take over Washington

ABC 7 News' Tommy McFly with the Miss America 2015 contestants in Washington, D.C. (WJLA)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – On Tuesday, 53 of America’s most beautiful, intelligent young women invaded the White House and Capitol Hill.

When the Miss America contestants come to Washington, science, technology, engineering and math—or “STEM”—jobs are on the agenda.

ABC 7 News caught up with the women representing the D.C. area.

“I’m still working full time. I also cheer for the Washington Wizards,” said Miss Maryland, Jade Kenny. “I get to represent where I was born, where I was raised, represent young women.”

“My platform is defying disabilities,” said Miss Virginia, Courtney Garrett. “It’s very near to my heart; I have a sibling with cerebral palsy.”

“I’ve been here for about a year, and it’s the most beautiful sunsets, great monuments …” said Miss District of Columbia, Teresa Davis.

Wait, Miss D.C. isn’t from Washington?

“I think it’s very well-known that D.C. has a lot of transient residents; not everyone here is from the District,” Davis said.

Miss District of Columbia isn’t wrong; according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s capital has gained nearly 50,000 new residents since 2010.

For many Miss America contestants, STEM jobs and scholarships will take a front seat this year.

“Collectively, we award $45 million each year to young women across the country,” said Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014.

Don’t miss the Miss America 2015 pageant on ABC 7 on Sept. 14.