Miss Nebraska

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Teresa Scanlan, Miss Nebraska 2010 & Miss America 2011
Brook Matthews, Miss Nebraska 2004

The Miss Nebraska competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Nebraska in the Miss America pageant.

Jessica Shultis of Dannebrog was crowned Miss Nebraska 2018 on June 9, 2018 at North Platte HS Performing Arts Center in North Platte, Nebraska. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2019 on September 9, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Results summary[edit]

The year in parentheses indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.


  • Miss Americas: Teresa Scanlan (2011)
  • 1st runners-up: N/A
  • 2nd runners-up: N/A
  • 3rd runners-up: N/A
  • 4th runners-up: N/A
  • Top 10: Mary Lee Jepsen (1963), Guylyn Remmenga (1979), Kristin Lowenberg (1984), Brittany Jeffers (2010)
  • Top 12: Alyssa Howell (2016)
  • Top 15: Myrtle Roach (1925)
  • Top 20: Christina Foehlinger (2002)


Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Madalyn Joyce King (1947), Diane Knotek (1957), Katherine L. Nielsen (1958), Sherry Johnson (1959), Patricia Lee Van Horne (1967), Linda Kay Hallstrom (1978), Paula Louise Mitchell (1981), Allison Boyd (1985), Julie Meusburger (1986), Vicki Linn Train (1992), Myra Katherine Hale (1996), Kendra Quandt (1998), Jane Noseworthy (2004), Kayla Batt (2012)
  • Non-finalist Interview: Jill Pennington (2001)
  • John Curran Non-finalist Communications Journalism Interview: Aleah Peters (2017)

Other awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Jane Deliese Briggeman (1970), Kayla Batt (2012)
  • Quality of Life Award 1st runners-up: Kendra Quandt (1998)
  • Quality of Life Award 2nd runners-up: Myra Katherine Hale (1996)
  • Quality of Life Award Finalists: Vicki Linn Train (1992)
  • STEM Scholarship Finalists: Allison Tietjen (2018)


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2018 Jessica Shultis[1] Dannebrog 24 Miss Lincoln Monologue TBD TBD
2017 Allison Tietjen[2] Chester 21 Miss Heartland Piano, "The Phantom of the Opera" STEM Scholarship Finalist[3]
2016 Aleah Peters[4] Omaha Miss Omaha Baton Twirling, "Wings" John Curran Non-finalist Communications Journalism Interview Award
2015 Alyssa Howell Omaha 20 Miss Douglas County Piano, "Northern Lights" Top 12
2014 Megan Swanson[5] Omaha 20 Miss Douglas County Vocal, "You Raise Me Up"
2013 Jacee Pilkington[6] Minatare 21 Miss Western Nebraska Vocal, "How Great Thou Art" Previously Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2009[6]
2012 Mariah Cook[7] Chadron 23 Miss State Fair Piano, "Malagueña"
2011 Kayla Batt[8] Alliance 21 Miss Omaha Vocal, "Love You I Do" Miss Congeniality

Non-finalist Talent Award
Previously Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2007[9]

Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2010
2010 Nicky Haverland[10] 24 Miss Douglas County
3rd runner-up at Miss Nebraska 2010 pageant

Assumed title when Scanlan won Miss America 2011
Teresa Scanlan[11] Gering 17 Miss Southeast Piano, "White Water Chopped Sticks" by Calvin Jones Winner[12] Preliminary Talent Award Youngest Miss Nebraska ever crowned[13]

Later Miss Nebraska World 2015
1st runner up at Miss World America 2015
2009 Brittany Jeffers Ogallala 23 Miss Omaha Dance, "So Much Better" from Legally Blonde Top 10 Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2007
2008 Gretchen Bergquist Oxford 22 Miss Panhandle Vocal, "Feeling Good"
2007 Ashley Bauer Scottsbluff 22 Miss Douglas County Vocal "This Is My Life" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2006
2006 Molly McGrath Omaha 23 Miss Sarpy County Jazz Dance "She Bangs" Preliminary Swimsuit Award Previously Nebraska's Junior Miss 2001
2005 Kelly Keiser Gothenburg 21 Miss Lincoln Piano "Cumana" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2004
2004 Brook Matthews Blair 24 Miss Omaha Vocal "Shine It On" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2003
2003 Jane Noseworthy Bellevue 24 Miss Omaha Classical Vocal "Art Is Calling For Me" from The Enchantress Non-finalist Talent Award
2002 Krista Knicely Omaha 23 Miss Douglas County Jazz Dance "I'm a Woman"
2001 Christina Foehlinger Ralston 21 Miss Tri-Cities Baton Twirling "Theme from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" Top 20 Sister of Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2008, Rachel Foehlinger
2000 Jill Pennington Omaha 23 Miss Great Plains Vocal "If I Loved You" Non-finalist Interview Award
1999 Becky Smith Omaha 20 Miss Omaha Ballet en Pointe "Kiss of the Spider Woman"
1998 Jenny Lemmerman West Point 20 Miss Great Plains Vocal "I'm a Woman"
1997 Kendra Quandt Davenport 23 Miss Western Nebraska Classical Piano "Prelude in C sharp minor" Non-finalist Talent Award

Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up
1996 Rachel Scott [Omaha 20 Miss Omaha Vocal "Via Dolorosa"
1995 Myra Katherine Hale Lincoln 23 Miss Douglas County Classical Piano Non-finalist Talent Award

Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up
1994 Jennifer Love North Platte 21 Miss High Plains Classical Vocal "Romany Life" from The Fortune Teller
1993 Mary Lynn Schnitzler Battle Creek 23 Miss Norfolk Area Vocal "Someone Like You" from Jekyll & Hyde
1992 Natalie Kuijvenhoven Lincoln 21 Miss Great Plains Vocal "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man"
1991 Vicki Linn Train North Platte 24 Miss Great Plains Piano Solo "Prelude" from Pour le Piano Non-finalist Talent Award

Quality of Life Award Finalist
1990 Michelle Ebadi Omaha 23 Miss Western Nebraska Tap Dance "Sing, Sing, Sing" & "Puttin' on the Ritz"
1989 Kristi Hilliard Ogallala 24 Miss Great Plains Vocal "Golden Rainbow"
1988 Jodi Miller Omaha 20 Miss Omaha Acrobatic Jazz Dance Previously Nebraska's Junior Miss 1986

Mother of Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2014, Morgan Holen[14]
1987 Mindee Zimmerman Norfolk 23 Miss Platte Valley Vocal "People"
1986 Donna Schieffer Columbus 19 Miss Columbus Area Mystical Modern Dance
1985 Julie Meusburger Lincoln 22 Miss River City Flute Solo "Carmen Fantasy" Non-finalist Talent Award
1984 Allison Boyd Nebraska City 21 Miss University of Nebraska Acrobatic Dance Non-finalist Talent Award
1983 Kristin Lowenberg Kearney 20 Miss Kearney Area Jazz Dance "What a Feeling" Top 10
1982 Sandra Haschke Humphrey 20 Miss Lincoln Area Popular Vocal "All I Ever Need Is You"
1981 Jill Pershing Lincoln 21 Miss Lincoln Ballet en Pointe "Rhapsody in Blue"
1980 Paula Louise Mitchell Norfolk 20 Miss University of Nebraska Piano "Khachaturian's Toccata" Non-finalist Talent Award Mother of Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2015, Paige Pflueger
1979 Kathryn Ann Saathoff Fremont 21 Miss Midland Lutheran College Vocal "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
1978 Guylyn Remmenga Elwood 21 Miss University of Nebraska-Lincoln Piano Solo "Toccata" & "Nocturne" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award (tie) Previously National Sweetheart 1976
1977 Linda Kay Hallstrom Omaha 18 Miss Eastern Nebraska Area Jazz Dance "Liza Live at the Winter Garden" Non-finalist Talent Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1976 Marion Catherine Watson Omaha 22 Miss Lancaster County Vocal "Over the Rainbow"
1975 Janet Kay Goode Omaha 19 Miss Omaha Dramatic Skit "Why?"
1974 Sharon Sue Pelc Johnstown 22 Miss Ord Ventriloquism & Singing "Those Were the Days"
1973 Sandy Cramer Omaha 18 Miss Omaha Acrobatic Jazz Dance "I'm an Ordinary Man"
1972 Jeanine Giller Omaha 22 Miss Omaha Jazz Dance "Bitter End"
1971 Sally Lou Warner Bushnell 19 Miss Kimball Vocal "Big Spender"
1970 Debra May Sullivan Omaha 19 Miss Omaha Acrobatic Dance "Fly Me to the Moon"
1969 Jane Deliese Briggeman Seward 21 Miss York Musical Interpretation "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" & "Fantaisie-Impromptu" Miss Congeniality
1968 Diane Boldt Omaha 19 Miss Kearney Character Dance "Charlie Chaplin"
1967 Terry Lee Schmidt Lincoln 18 Miss University of Nebraska Drawing & Reading "What Is a Girl?" by Alan Beck
1966 Patricia Lee Van Horne Lincoln 19 Miss Lincoln Popular Vocal "Misty" Non-finalist Talent Award
1965 Karen Hansmeire Ogallala 20 Miss Ogallala Semi-classical Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It"
1964 Sandra Lee Rice Cozad 20 Miss Lexington Dramatic Reading "After the Fall"
1963 Donna Marie Black Broken Bow Miss Grand Island Classical Vocal "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville Featured performer on the Miss America 1964 telecast
1962 Mary Lee Jepsen Papillion 18 Miss Papillion Fire Baton Twirling "Ritual Fire Dance" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award (tie) Featured performer on the Miss America 1963 telecast
1961 Nancy Lee Foreman Albion 20 Miss Albion Dramatic Reading "Such Is Your Heritage"
1960 Cheryl Ann Jaeke Shelton 18 Miss Grand Island Vocal
1959 Joan Arolyn Sipes Columbus 19 Piano "Liszt's Etude in D Minor"
1958 Sherry Johnson Omaha Monologue Non-finalist Talent Award
1957 Katherine L. Nielsen Lincoln Dance Non-finalist Talent Award Later Miss Iowa USA 1959
1956 Diane Knotek Lincoln Classical Vocal "The Polonaise" Non-finalist Talent Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1955 Sandra Spiecher Omaha Speech "Teaching Handicapped Students"
1954 Sue Welch Fisher Kearney Classical Vocal "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly
1953 Diana Louise Hann Lincoln Art
1952 Helen Francis Burhorn Omaha Piano "Warsaw Concerto" Was originally planning to do a violin and dancing talent routine but twisted her ankle during rehearsal and switched to piano[citation needed]
1951 Geraldine Elseman Omaha Dramatic Monologue
1950 Jinx Burrus Crete Baton Twirling
1949 Vanita Mae Brown Omaha
1948 Betty Love Booth Fremont Miss Nebraska Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Serena McKinney Omaha Miss Omaha
1947 Madalyn Joyce King Omaha Miss Omaha Tap Dance Non-finalist Talent Award Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
1946 Marjorie Ann Hanson Omaha Miss Omaha Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
No Nebraska representative at Miss America pageant
1942 Claire Buglewicz Vocal "You Made Me Love You"
No Nebraska representative at Miss America pageant
1938 Emmajane Newby Humboldt
1937 Ruth Lenore Jones Nebraska City Assumed the title after the original winner, Ruby Hart, was disqualified after getting married
No Nebraska representative at Miss America pageant
No pageant was held
No Nebraska representative at Miss America pageant
No pageants were held
No Nebraska representative at Miss America pageant
1926 Anne Kathleen Foucar Omaha Miss Omaha Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
1925 Myrtle Roach Omaha Miss Omaha Top 15 Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
No Nebraska representative at Miss America pageant
1923 Alyce McCormick Miss Omaha Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
No Nebraska representative at Miss America pageant


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  2. ^ "Tietjen is crowned 2017 Miss Nebraska". Nebraska-TV.com. June 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Miss Nebraska 2017 Allison Tietjen has returned to Nebraska after Miss America Pageant". KNOPNews.com. September 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ Petersen, Brandi (June 12, 2016). "Omaha woman crowned Miss Nebraska". KETV 7. 
  5. ^ "Omaha woman named Miss Nebraska". KETV 7. June 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Holsinger, Roger (June 12, 2013). "JaCee Pilkington of Minatare is the latest to wear tiara". Gering Courier. 
  7. ^ "Miss Nebraska 2012 winner is Mariah Cook, tops Miss Omaha and Miss Lincoln". Lincoln Journal Star. June 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Miss Omaha Kayla Batt crowned next Miss Nebraska; Miss Douglas County, Miss Lincoln runners-up". Daily Reporter. June 12, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Wickens, Teresa (2007-06-10). "Alliance teen named Miss Nebraska Outstanding Teen". The North Platte Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. 
  10. ^ "Miss Douglas County Becomes New Miss Nebraska". KETV Omaha. January 24, 2011. Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Gering lady named Miss Nebraska". North Platte Bulletin. June 6, 2010. 
  12. ^ "She's just 17! Nebraskan wins Miss America pageant". TODAY. 
  13. ^ "Gering teenager crowned Miss Nebraska". Gering Courier. June 10, 2010. 
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