Hello from the Capital of the United States! My name is Michelle Karkos and I am 26 years old. I am truly honored to be representing my favorite place, Washington DC. I currently work as an analyst for the Department of Justice where I look at various crimes for trends and patterns. I’m looking to attend graduate school next fall and continue my career in law enforcement. Before starting work, I received my undergraduate degrees from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I studied psychology and sociology with my concentration being in criminal justice. While attending college, I was a collegiate rower. Being a rower taught me various life lessons that I still use in my career today! I did various sports besides rowing growing up. I was a swimmer, Irish dancer, soccer player and runner. My family actually still does various running races throughout the year together. While it’s always for a good cause, my siblings and I still like to compete to see who is the fastest. I can’t wait to meet you all in Tralee!