Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen 2018 Kelsie Therkildsen is a Bennington High School student, award-winning dancer, and our state’s representative at the 2019 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition. Kelsie, 16, was crowned in Omaha on April 28, 2018, winning $2,300 in cash scholarships and a nearly $10,000 in additional gifts and services. Kelsie, winner of the Evening Gown & On Stage Question Award at the state level, then represented Nebraska at the 2019 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando, Florida, winning a full-ride scholarship to the University of Alabama (pending acceptance.)
Kelsie is an active dancer, trains with Core Dance Company and is a member of the Bennington High competitive dance team. She performed an energetic routine to Lady Gaga’s Telephone to win the state title. She is spending her year of service advocating for Children’s Miracle Network, the official partner of the Miss America Organization and the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, as well as her personal platform entitled ‘Come Out From Behind The Screen’, encouraging her peers to focus more on in-person social interaction.
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