FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2018
Miss Omaha/Miss Douglas County program celebrating 30 years of scholarships and successful women
More than 50 female leaders in business, journalism, medicine, performance and philanthropy all have one thing in common: at one point, they held the title of Miss Omaha or Miss Douglas County. They will join together to celebrate the organization’s 30th anniversary at the 2019 Miss Omaha/Miss Douglas County competition on Saturday, October 27 at the Jewish Community Center.
The program was founded by Executive Director Marianne Grubaugh in 1988. Her first titleholder, Miss Omaha 1988 Jodi Miller Holen, was crowned Miss Nebraska later that year and went on to become National Director Nurse Educators with Biogen, one of the largest and most respected biotechnology companies in the world.
“Thirty years ago I was a sophomore at UNO who desperately needed scholarship money,” said Holen. “After winning the titles of Miss Omaha and Miss Nebraska and competing at the Miss America Pageant, I had accumulated enough scholarships to pay for my junior and senior year. Now as a mother of grown daughters, businesswoman, volunteer, and hiring manager I tell everyone who asks the best long term benefits of competing (notice I didn’t say winning) were the skills I learned interviewing and to be agile. Contestants go on to use these interview skills for college entrance interviews, college leadership positions, internships, jobs, etc. In addition, your year of service teaches you to be flexible and adapt making the best of every situation. I can’t count the times I have benefited from the experiences I had competing in the Miss America system which is why I give back both financially and with my time. I can certainly trace part of my success back to my roots in this organization.”
Other former titleholders include:
- Brook Hudson, Producer of Omaha Fashion Week (Miss Omaha 2004, Miss Nebraska 2004)
- Brittany Jeffers, Emmy-Award Winning Journalist (Miss Omaha 2009, Miss Nebraska 2009)
- Rachel Scott, Award Winning Christian Recording Artist (Miss Omaha 1996, Miss Nebraska 1996)
- Dr. Jennifer Hill, Omaha Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist (Miss Omaha 1997)
- Krista Anderson, Award Winning Omaha Philanthropist & Civic Leader (Miss Douglas County 2002, Miss Nebraska 2002)
The Miss Omaha/Miss Douglas County competition is still accepting contestant applications. All young women ages 12-25 interested in taking part are asked to email email@example.com; they can also visit the organization’s website at http://site.missomahamao.org/.
The 2019 Miss Nebraska Competition will take place June 2-8, 2019 in North Platte, Nebraska. For more information about the program, or Miss Nebraska 2018 Jessica Shultis, please visit www.missnebraska.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.