July 9, 2018
Miss Nebraska Jessica Shultis has learned when she’ll officially begin competing for the title of Miss America 2019. Shultis took part in the Miss America Organization lottery on Monday, July 9 to determine what days she’ll experience which phases of competition during the iconic event.
“It’s hard to believe that today I choose my candidate number for Miss America 2.0!” said Shultis. “It feels like just yesterday I selected my competition order for Miss Nebraska. Time flies when you’re having fun!”
When Shultis was randomly chosen during the lottery, she elected to become Contestant #5 in the Sigma Group. Miss America Preliminary Competition begins Tuesday, September 4; Shultis will compete in Interview Wednesday morning, Evening Wear Wednesday evening, Talent Thursday evening, and On Stage Question on Friday evening. Swimwear is no longer part of the Miss America competition, as announced last month.
Supporters, loved ones and friends of Shultis are hosting a Miss America Send-Off fundraiser for her on Friday, August 17th. She will spend approximately two weeks in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Miss America Competition. The final night and crowning of Miss America 2019 will be live on ABC on Sunday, September 9.
“I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason,” said Shultis. “If Miss America hadn’t raised the age limit, I wouldn’t be Miss Nebraska. I’m making the most of this second chance and my goal is to bring the national title back to Nebraska!”