FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2018
Several local competitions within the the Miss Nebraska Scholarship Program will continue to include a Lifestyle In Fitness portion (often dubbed ‘swimsuit’) for the remainder of 2018 and into 2019. The 2019 Miss Nebraska Competition will follow the new scoring guidelines and format; the program will not include Lifestyle in Fitness.
“The Miss America Organization is allowing states the opportunity to decide scoring formats for local competitions through 2019,” said Megan Doughty, Co-Executive Director of the Miss Nebraska Scholarship Program. “We consulted with our local directors, who are each deciding whether or not to keep swimsuit as part of their competitions. This is a major change to each local competition, requiring full understanding of format changes and judges training. We want each local network of volunteers to feel fully prepared to institute this change, so it does not negatively impact their programs or the young women taking part.”
The Miss America Organization announced last May that Lifestyle in Fitness would no longer be part of the national competition, a historic change for the program. For the first time in Miss America Organization history, swimsuit was not included in the live telecast in September. Instead, contestants, now referred to as candidates, shared summaries of their personal platforms of service, and answered questions from both judges and fellow contestants.
While awaiting directives from the Miss America Organization, local competitions in Nebraska have continued to use long-followed scoring and event guidelines that included a swimsuit portion. The Miss Omaha/Miss Douglas County program board has decided to include Lifestyle In Fitness at their 2018 competition, however, the annual Crowns & Gowns event to be held in February will not include a swimsuit portion. Other local programs will announce their decisions within the coming weeks.
“We are grateful for a professional group of local directors willing to discuss all options and make the best decisions possible for the young women who take part in our program.” said Chris Tooley, Co-Executive Director of the Miss Nebraska Scholarship Program. “We want to be consistent with recommendations from the Miss America Organization to be more inclusive to all women, and we are also supportive of local volunteers who work tirelessly to organize and host these competitions across our state.”
The Miss Omaha/Miss Douglas County competition takes place October 27 in Omaha, followed by the Best In the West competition November 10 in Alliance. Several local competitions are still accepting contestants; email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.