12 young ladies from across the state gathered on Saturday night to compete for the titles of Miss Alliance, Miss Alliance’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Harvest Moon Festival and Miss Harvest Moon Festival’s Outstanding Teen 2017 at the 2017 Miss and Outstanding Teen Alliance pageant. Receiving the Miss Alliance and Miss Alliance Outstanding Teen 2017 titles were Kaelia Nelson, daughter of Mark and Shardel Nelson of Alliance and Sydny Ridgeway, daughter of Jon and Gale Ridgeway of Gering. Lianna Prill, daughter of Kristin Geisert of Kearney and Kiera Rhodes, daughter of Todd and Darlene Rhodes of North Platte, were crowned Miss Harvest Moon Festival and Miss Harvest Moon Festival’s Outstanding Teen 2017 respectively. Rounding out the 2017 court was Miss Alliance 1st Runner up Alex O’Connor, daughter of Sam and Liz O’Connor of Keystone.
Nelson was named Miss overall talent and audience choice winner, while Prill took home 1st place in the Miss community service competition as well as overall interview award. Shaylee Schroeder, daughter of Jon and Rebecca Schroeder of Curtis, was named Miss Congeniality. And rounding out the Miss Alliance awards was Tyler Rambali, daughter of Travi and Darcy Rambali of McCook and Ashly Helfrich, daughter of Rick and Mindy Helfrich of Bennington who took home 2nd and 3rd place community service awards respectively.
Rhodes was honored with the Teen overall talent award while Ridgeway took home the Teen overall interview award and community service award. Shelby Blundell, daughter of Jason and Jess Blundell of Chadron, was named Teen Miss Congeniality and audience choice winner.
Along with representing their titles for the year, Nelson, Prill, Ridgeway and Rhodes will now advance to the Miss Nebraska and Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen pageants held in 2017. For more information on the pageant or for appearance information on any of the titleholders, please contact Riki Hunter at 308-430-4355 or Melinda Cullan at 303-710-5593.
Attached photos: Photo Credit – Linda Teahon
L-R: Kaelia Nelson, Miss Alliance 2017; Lianna Prill, Miss Harvest moon Festival 2017; Alex O’Connor, 1st runner up.
L-R: Sydny Ridgeway, Miss Alliance’s Outstanding Teen 2017; Kiera Rhodes, Miss Harvest Moon Festival’s Outstanding Teen 2017.