Nebraska Named Top 10 Finalist, Wins $8,000 at Miss America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2018

Miss Nebraska Jessica Shultis has returned to her home state, after being named a Top 10 Finalist and winning $8,000 in cash scholarships at the 2019 Miss America Competition.

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Shultis, a 25-year old native of Dannebrog, Nebraska, was prominently featured in ABC’s live broadcast of this year’s event. In front of an estimated 4.34 million viewers, Shultis discussed her platform Hoops for H.O.P.E., modeled a custom gown on the red carpet, and performed a self-written monologue about her diagnosis with cancer.

“I was honored to hear that so many people were impacted by my monologue,” said Shultis, who notes her talent was often displayed on the basketball court as a collegiate athlete. “I am honored to be one of THREE spoken word performances this year at Miss America, and I hope to help redefine ‘talent,’.  Let’s continue to showcase all amazingly talented women, while embracing women for their unique abilities.”

Shultis, who was also named one of only four Women in Business finalists, has now earned an estimated $25,000 in cash scholarships through competing within the Miss America Organization. She is one of only a handful of Nebraska representatives to make the Top 10, the highest placement for the state since Teresa Scanlan was crowned Miss America in 2011.

“I didn’t ever want to leave Atlantic City because my 50 favorite people were there!” said Shultis. “I am so thankful to be part of this spectacular class of groundbreaking women.” Shultis also expresses congratulations to Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, who represented New York at this year’s competition.

Miss Nebraska Jessica Shultis will now continue her year of service securing sponsorships, speaking to schools and organizations, and promoting her platform. She also plans to continue her pursuit of a doctoral degree, after she crowns a new Miss Nebraska in June 2019.

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, or email

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