Sanchez was crowned Miss Nevada USA 2014 on Sunday following pageant competition on the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
The winner of the Miss USA Pageant represents the United States at the 2014 Miss Universe Pageant.
Both pageants are owned by Donald Trump and NBC Universal. The final nights of pageantry for each pageant is broadcast live on the NBC television network.
Contestants are judged in the categories of swimsuit, evening gown and interview.
Sanchez entered the state pageant as Miss South Las Vegas USA.
She describes herself in her Twitter profile as “always positive and living for God.”
If Sanchez is crowned Miss USA, she will become the first Nevada titleholder to wear the national crown.
The contestant who came closest to winning the title was Miss Arizona USA 1977 Mary O’Neal Contino, who finished as first runner-up at the national pageant.
The dates and location for the 2014 Miss USA Pageant will be formally announced at a later date.