FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2018
The 15 young women hoping to be crowned the next Miss Nebraska have began a busy week of competition Sunday with Opening Ceremonies and the announcement of the Top 5 finalists for Miss Nebraska Community Service Awards.
Contestants from all corners of Nebraska were featured in a Welcome Ceremony Sunday at Platte River Mall in North Platte, hosted by Miss Nebraska 2017 Allison Tietjen. Each woman introduced themself, their personal platform of service, and the Little Sister they have mentored for several months and will continues to partner with during this week of competition.
Also announced Sunday were the five finalists for Miss Nebraska Community Service Awards. Service is a key component of the Miss America Organization; each local titleholder advocates for a cause, and raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The 1st Place winner will receive the Bobby Foehlinger Memorial Award and a $750 cash scholarship. The 2nd Place winner will receive a $500 cash scholarship sponsored by DeMoine Adams, former Nebraska football player and motivational speaker with the TeamMates Mentoring Program.
The five finalists are:
- Miss Kool-Aid Days Nikki-Catrina Anderson of Scottsbluff, who has spent several years and more than 1,000 hours volunteering, advocating for literacy and reading programs;
- Miss Old West Balloon Fest Makinzie Gregory of Scottsbluff, a future teacher who has dedicated her year of service to children and adults with special needs;
- Miss Douglas County Krista Hinrichs of Lincoln, working with leaders and agencies across Nebraska to stop distracted driving;
- Miss Scotts Bluff County Brianna Little of Harrisburg, who has accumulated more than 1,000 hours of community service in Nebraska and abroad with a message of kindness and inclusion;
- Miss Omaha Allie Swanson of Omaha, the Program Coordinator for non-profit Smart Girl Society who hopes to reach 20,000 people this year spreading awareness of online dangers and risks.
Winners will be announced during competition, which begins Thursday night at North Platte High School. Photos attached include all 15 contestants with Miss Nebraska Allison Tietjen, and the five Community Service finalists (names are included above left to right as seen in photo.) Please credit both photos to Kamie Stephen Photography.
Tickets for all three nights of competition, taking place June 7-9 in North Platte, are available for purchase online at www.missnebraska.org. For the second year, the 2018 Miss Nebraska Scholarship Competition will also be streamed live online around the world, available for purchase at www.missnebraska.org/2018-pageant-info.