Focus: Who will win this year’s crown?

Jessica Shultis waves to the crowd after being crowned Miss Nebraska 2018 on June 9, 2018, at North Platte High School.

The Miss Nebraska program begins with a welcome for the candidates today.

This annual event will culminate in the crowning of the young woman who will be the next Miss Nebraska and will represent the state at the Miss America competition later on in the year.

“It has been in North Platte for so many years and it’s just great to have the community support,” said Co-Director Megan Doughty. “There are just so many people who are willing to donate time and services.”

Doughty began her time with the program serving as scholarship chair for about three years before joining with Chris Tooley as co-directors of the program.

The biggest change this year is the elimination of the swimsuit competition.

“It’s kind of 50-50,” Doughty said about the response to the change. “Some people love it, some people don’t.”

She said there has not been any negative feedback from the candidates on the change.

The preliminary nights are scheduled for Thursday and Friday with the finals on Saturday. Former Miss Nebraska Brooke Matthews, now Brooke Hudson, who is the head of Omaha Fashion Week, and Mr. Habitat 2018 Chance Schilling of North Platte are the emcees for the program.

The competition will also be livestreamed this year. Information and links may be found at missnebraska.org/pageant where online ticket purchases are also available.

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Alexandria Roth

Alexandria Roth

Miss Sandhills

“Bringing Visibility to Invisible

Disabilities”

Talent: Monologue

Hometowns: Omaha and Wall Lake, Pennsylvania

Parents: Steve and Peggy Roth

School: College of St. Mary

Local directors: Brooke and Roxanne Ludemann

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Allie Swanson

Allie Swanson

Miss Heartland

“CyberSmartz: Protecting Yourself in a Digital World”

Talent: Vocal

Hometown: Omaha

Parents: Sean and Julie Swanson

School: Bellevue University

Local directors: Chelsey Jungck and Shelly Penner

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Allison Baird

Allison Baird

Miss Nebraska State Fair

“Little But Fierce”

Talent: Vocal

Hometown: Gering

Parents: Carl and Krista Baird

School: Doane University

Local directors: Chelsey Jungck and Shelly Penner

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Carsyn Long

Carsyn Long

Miss Douglas County

“FOSTR — Families Overcoming Stigma and Teaching Reliability”

Talent: Vocal

Hometown: Bennington

Parents: Ryan and Courtney Long

School: University of Alabama

Local directors: Marianne Grubaugh and Devin Larsen

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Cherokee Purviance

Cherokee Purviance

Miss Fur Trade Days

“Getting to Know Dyslexia:

The Forgotten Disability”

Talent: Piano

Hometown: Alliance

Parents: Rhonda Purviance

School: Chadron State College

Local director: Riki Hunter

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Courtney Pelland

Courtney Pelland

Miss Swedish Days

“Be Selfless — Donate Blood”

Talent: Contemporary Jazz Dance

Hometown: North Platte

Parents: Erin and Darsha Pelland

School: Midland University

Local director: Michelle Catlett

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Emma Groninger

Emma Groninger

Miss Twin Rivers

“Beautifully You”

Talent: Color Guard

Hometown: Norfolk

Parents: Don and Jolene Groninger

School: University of South Dakota

Local directors: Brooke and Roxanne Ludemann

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Hayden Richardson

Hayden Richardson

Miss Alliance

“Ending Modern Slavery”

Talent: Jazz Dance

Hometown: Bennington

Parents: John and Christy Richardson

School: Northwestern University

Local director: Riki Hunter

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Kiera Rhodes

Kiera Rhodes

Miss Harvest Moon Festival

“Crafts For Kids”

Talent: Vocal

Hometown: North Platte

Parents: Todd and Darlene Rhodes

School: University of Nebraska-Kearney

Local director: Riki Hunter

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Makinzie Gregory

Makinzie Gregory

Miss Kool-Aid Days

“Different-Abled: Educating,

Empowering and Equipping Special Needs Individuals”

Talent: Dance

Hometown: Scottsbluff

Parents: Vince and Kristie Gregory

School: Western Nebraska Community College

Local directors: Angie Trausch and Angela Keiser

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Nikki-Catrina Anderson

Nikki-Catrina Anderson

Miss Old West Balloon Fest

“Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader”

Talent: Piano

Hometown: Scottsbluff

Parents: Mark and Irene Anderson

School: Brigham Young University

Local director: Cheryl Engelhaupt

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Sheridan Blanco

Sheridan Blanco

Miss Scotts Bluff County

“Conquering Challenges”

Talent: Dance

Hometown: Gering

Parents: Phil and Lisa Blanco

School: Western Nebraska Community College

Local director: Cheryl Engelhaupt

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Whitney Miller

Whitney Miller

Miss Omaha

“Choose Hope”

Talent: Lyrical Dance

Hometown: North Platte

Parents: Ben and Julie Miller

School: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Local directors: Marianne Grubaugh and Devin Larsen

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