Miss Nebraska USA
|John M. Vannatta|
Jennifer Vannatta-Fisher, State Pageant Director
The Miss Nebraska USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Nebraska in the Miss USA pageant. The pageant is directed by Vanbros & Associates, headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas. In 2002, Nebraska joined the Vanbros group of state pageants for the Miss USA and Teen USA system.
Nebraska is one of the least successful states at Miss USA, having only placed 12 times. They were most successful in the 1950s, placing 6 times, with three runner up placements. Until 2018, their highest placement was in 1955 which was 2nd runner up. Belinda Wright's top 15 placement in 2010 was Nebraska's first semi-final placement since 1980 and first to win Miss Congeniality. In 2018, Sarah Rose Summers became the first Miss Nebraska USA to win Miss USA and becoming the 35th state to win the title of Miss USA for the first time.
Lex Najarian of Lincoln was crowned Miss Nebraska USA 2019 on January 6, 2019 at Rose Blumkin Performing Arts Center in Omaha. She represented Nebraska for the title of Miss USA 2019 on May 2, 2019 in Reno, Nevada.
- Miss USA: Sarah Rose Summers (2018)
- 2nd runners-up: Donna Jo Streever (1955)
- 3rd runners-up: Shari Lewis (1956)
- 4th runners-up: Carolyn McGirr (1957)
- Top 12: Janice Geiler (1973), Rebecca Staab (1980)
- Top 15/19/20: Berneta Nelson (1953), Margie Winkhoff (1954), Dee Kjeldgaard (1958), Gail Weinstock (1961), Belinda Wright (2010), Amanda Soltero (2014)
Nebraska holds a record of 12 placements at Miss USA.
- Miss Photogenic: Janice Geiler (1973)
- Honorable Mention: Stacey Skidmore (2002)
- Miss Congeniality: Belinda Wright (2010)
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age1||Placement at Miss USA||Special awards at Miss USA||Notes|
|2020||Miss Nebraska USA 2020 will be held on January 12, 2020|
|2019||Alexis "Lex" Nicole Najarian||Lincoln||23||Daughter of Peter Najarian|
|2018||Breanna "Bree" Coffey||Valley||24||Did not compete||Succeeded when Sarah Rose Summers won Miss USA|
|Sarah Rose Summers||Omaha||23||Miss USA 2018|
|2017||Jasmine Jade Fuelberth||Norfolk||20|
|2016||Sarah Elizabeth Hollins||Omaha||25|
|2015||Hoang-Kim Cung||Grand Island||25|
|2014||Amanda Soltero||Columbus||22||Top 20||Previously Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2010|
|2012||Amy Marie Spilker||Malcolm||21|
|2011||Haley Jo Herold||Omaha||23|
|2010||Belinda Renee Wright||Scotia||21||Top 15||Miss Congeniality|
|2008||Micaela Johnson||Omaha||23||Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Squad Member 2003-2005|
|2003||Jessica Perea||Omaha||22||First Latina to win title|
|2002||Stacey Skidmore||Omaha||19||Honorable Mention|
|2001||Su Joing Drakeford||Bellevue||23||USAF Airman 1995-1999, Miss Teen Omaha 1996, Later Mrs. Maryland 2015|
|1999||WaLynda Lou Sipple||Previously Miss Michigan Teen USA 1992|
|1997||Kimberly Jane Weir||Lincoln||21|
|1996||Kerry Lynn Kemper||24|
|1992||Jeanna Margaret Blom|
|1991||Ziba Ayeen||Native of Afghanistan|
|1985||Lori Leigh Straight||Omaha|
|1982||Lori Lynn Novicki||Omaha|
|1980||Rebecca Staab||Ralston||18||Semi-Finalist||Played Jessie Matthews on Guiding Light|
|1978||Shari Alyce Reimers|
|1975||Mary Lee Hoth||Omaha|
|1973||Janice Geiler||Semi-Finalist||Miss Photogenic|
|1968||Linda J Dresher|
|1964||Georgia Ann Merriam|
|1957||Carolyn McGirr||3rd Runner-Up||She finished as 4th runner-up, but succeeded to 3rd runner-up when the 3rd runner-up took the place of the 2nd runner-up|
|1956||Shari Lewis||3rd Runner-Up|
|1955||Donna Jo Streever||2nd Runner-Up|
1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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