Miss Nebraska Jessica Shultis sums up her Miss America journey in one word: Comeback.
The Centura, Nebraska native is busy preparing to represent our state at the 2019 Miss America competition, dubbed Miss America 2.0 due to recent, historic changes to the program. Jessica, who just turned 25 this week, only became eligible to compete after the Miss America Organization instituted a new age limit in January 2018. Jessica competed the next day, winning the title of Miss Lincoln and qualifying to compete at the 2018 Miss Nebraska Scholarship Program competition.
“Like most of the other girls my dream is to become Miss America,” said Jessica. “However, if that’s not God’s plan for me then I can’t wait to come back to my home state as Miss Nebraska.”
Jessica, who was crowned Miss Nebraska in June, holds a Masters Degree from Doane University, where she also played collegiate basketball. While on the team as an undergrad, Jessica was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Now as Miss Nebraska 2018, she is traveling the state promoting her personal platform, ‘Hoops for H.O.P.E’, reminding children and teens of their strengths and talents no matter what the challenge. Through group presentations and activities, she is also raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the official partner of the Miss America Organization.
Jessica will leave to compete for Miss America later this month. She recently returned from Miss America Orientation in Orlando, Florida, where she met with the 50 other Miss America contestants. She will also be the guest of honor at a special public send-off party on Friday, August 17 at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln. Tickets are $10 apiece (available at the door) with all money being used to support Jessica in her preparation for Miss America.
“I take my preparation very seriously, but I have adapted the 80/20 method,” said Jessica. “While most of the days are spent working out, meal prepping, studying current events and reciting my monologue, I ensure I take time for my myself. Whether that’s taking my German Shepherd Django swimming or for a walk, I leave my phone at home and just enjoy the day! It’s all about balance.”
Jessica would love any opportunity to share her story about her battle with cancer, her mission as Miss Nebraska, or her preparations for the 2019 Miss America competition! To schedule an interview, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica is also accepting sponsors for both her preparation for Miss America and to financially support her time as Miss Nebraska. Click here for ways you can support Miss Nebraska 2018 Jessica Shultis and click here for different levels of sponsorship available!