Nebraska Ready for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen


Nebraska Ready for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen

Photo courtesy Kim Therkildsen Photography

16-year old Kelsie Therkildsen is busy preparing for only her second pageant-competition ever: Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. The current Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen will leave July 19 for Orlando, Florida to represent our state at the national competition, the teen companion program to the prestigious Miss America Organization.

“I am excited about meeting new so many new people from throughout the country,” said Therkildsen. “I think this will be a great life experience.”



The Bennington High School student has had a nonstop summer since winning the state title in Omaha in April. Therkildsen has been making appearances across the state, including at schools, events, and at the 2018 Miss Nebraska competition. She is advocating for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, as well as for her personal platform entitled ‘S.T.O.P – Screen Time Obstructs Positivity’, encouraging children and teens to focus more on in-person social interaction. She is also competitive dancer, training with Core Dance Company and the Bennington Dance Team.

“I’m going into this being my true self and regardless of the outcome, I’m proud to represent Nebraska!” said Therkildsen. “I hope to make my state proud!”

Voting is currently open, allowing the public to vote for America’s Choice for this year’s national competition. The contestant who secures the most votes will automatically advance into the finals and receive a $1,000 cash scholarship. Each vote requires a $1 donation, with all proceeds benefitting the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen scholarship fun. Click here to vote.

The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition includes contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Preliminary events take place July 24-26, culminating in the crowning of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen on Sunday, July 28. Therkildsen is eligible for cash scholarships and college tuition; she has already earned an estimated $2,300 in cash scholarships and $10,000 in gifts and services as Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen. Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen 2017 Carsyn Long was awarded a full ride to the University of Alabama through her state title.

The Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen program is currently accepting applications from teenagers interested in competing for the state title in 2019. For more information, email Director Heather Edwards at or Director Kali Tripp at You can also visit


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