Award winning performers named Miss Omaha & Miss Douglas County


Two Nebraska leaders have been awarded thousands of dollars in cash scholarships and prizes, and will represent the Omaha area at the 2019 Miss Nebraska competition, the official preliminary to the iconic Miss America event.

Carsyn Long, 18, was crowned Miss Douglas County 2019 and awarded a $500 cash scholarship, in addition to a prize package valued at more than $2600. Long is currently attending the University of Alabama on a full-ride scholarship, earned by winning the title of Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen 2017. A talented vocalist and performer, Long is a Nebraska state finalist and champion in speech, DECA and other activities. Her parents are Courtney and Ryan Long of Bennington, Nebraska.

Whitney Miller, 17, was crowned Miss Omaha 2019 and also awarded a $500 cash scholarship, prize package, and multiple in-kind scholarship offers from Nebraska colleges, including $60,000 in tuition to Midland University. Miller is a senior at North Platte High School where she is active in cheer, competitive dance, and National Honor Society. She previously represented the Omaha metro area as Miss Douglas County’s Outstanding Teen 2018, and was named a Top 5 finalist at state competition. Her parents are Julie and Ben Miller of North Platte, Nebraska.

Colette Thorell was named 1st Runner Up and awarded a $250 cash scholarship. Bar-Lee Klein was voted Miss Congeniality and awarded a $100 cash scholarship. Dezere Woodson won both the Non-Finalist Talent Award and the Non-Finalist Interview Award, earning $200 in cash scholarships.

Two teenagers were also crowned at the event and will represent the Omaha metro area at the 2019 Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen competition. Phoenix Stanford, previously Miss Omaha’s Outstanding Teen, was crowned Miss Douglas County’s Outstanding Teen, awarded a $350 cash scholarship and a prize package. Daisy Sudderth was crowned Miss Omaha’s Outstanding Teen and awarded the same honors. Both teens are students at Papillion-La Vista South High School, and will now compete at the 2019 Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen competition in May in Omaha.

The 2019 Miss Nebraska Competition will take place June 2-8, 2019 in North Platte, Nebraska. For more information about the program, or to request interviews or additional photos, please email

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