Miss Nebraska

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Miss Nebraska
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss America
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The Miss Nebraska competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Nebraska in the Miss America pageant.

Steffany Lien of Lincoln was crowned Miss Nebraska 2022 on June 11, 2022 at North Platte HS Performing Arts Center in North Platte. She competed for the title of Miss America 2023 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut in December 2022 where she was a Non-finalist Talent winner.

Gallery of past titleholders[edit]

Results summary[edit]

The following is a visual summary of the past results of Miss Nebraska titleholders at the national Miss America pageants/competitions. The year in parentheses indicates the year of the national competition during which a placement and/or award was garnered, not the year attached to the contestant's state title.


  • Miss America: Teresa Scanlan (2011)
  • Top 10: Mary Lee Jepsen (1963), Guylyn Remmenga (1979), Kristin Lowenberg (1984), Brittany Jeffers (2010), Jessica Shultis (2019)
  • Top 12: Alyssa Howell (2016)
  • Top 15: Myrtle Roach (1925)
  • Top 20: Christina Foehlinger (2002)


Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Madalyn Joyce King (1947), Diane Knotek (1957), Katherine L. Nielsen (1958), Sherry Johnson (1959), Patricia Lee Van Horne (1967), Linda Kay Hallstrom (1978), Paula Louise Mitchell (1981), Allison Boyd (1985), Julie Meusburger (1986), Vicki Linn Train (1992), Myra Katherine Hale (1996), Kendra Quandt (1998), Jane Noseworthy (2004), Kayla Batt (2012), Steffany Lien (2023)
  • Non-finalist Interview: Jill Pennington (2001), Aleah Peters (2017)

Other awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Jane Deliese Briggeman (1970), Kayla Batt (2012)
  • Quality of Life Award 1st runners-up: Kendra Quandt (1998)
  • Quality of Life Award 2nd runners-up: Myra Katherine Hale (1996)
  • Quality of Life Award Finalists: Vicki Linn Train (1992)
  • STEM Scholarship Award Finalists: Allison Tietjen (2018)
  • Tiffany Phillips Scholar-Athlete Scholarship: Allie Swanson (2020)
  • Women in Business 1st runner-up: Morgan Holen (2022)
  • Women in Business Scholarship Award Finalists: Jessica Shultis (2019)


  •   Declared as winner
  •   Ended as a runner-up
  •   Ended as a finalist or semi-finalist
Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2022 Steffany Lien[1] Lincoln 24 Miss Lincoln Dance Twirl Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2015[2]
2021 Morgan Hope Holen[3] Omaha 23 Miss Omaha Dance Women in Business 1st runner-up Daughter of Miss Nebraska 1988, Jodi Sue Miller Holen[4]

Previously Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2014[4]
4th runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2015[5]

Previously Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska 2016[6]
Top 10 at Distinguished Young Woman 2016[6]
2020 Title vacant; state and national pageants postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic[7]
2019 Allie Swanson[8] Omaha 24 Miss Heartland Vocal Tiffany Phillips Scholar-Athlete Scholarship[9] Sister of Miss Nebraska 2014 and Miss Nebraska USA 2020, Megan Swanson[10]

Resigned the title due to subsequent marriage
2018 Jessica Shultis[11] Dannebrog 24 Miss Lincoln Original Monologue Top 10[12] Women in Business Scholarship Finalist[13] Semifinalist at Miss Nebraska USA 2016 and 2020 competitions[14]
2017 Allison Tietjen[15] Chester 21 Miss Heartland Piano, "The Phantom of the Opera" STEM Scholarship Finalist[16]
2016 Aleah Peters[17] Omaha Miss Omaha Baton Twirling, "Wings" Non-finalist Interview Award
2015 Alyssa Howell Omaha 20 Miss Douglas County Piano, "Northern Lights" Top 12
2014 Megan Swanson[18] Omaha 21 Miss Douglas County Vocal, "You Raise Me Up" Sister of Miss Nebraska 2019, Allie Swanson[10]

Later Miss Nebraska USA 2020[19]
2013 Jacee Pilkington[20] Minatare 21 Miss Western Nebraska Vocal, "How Great Thou Art" Previously Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2009[20]
2012 Mariah Cook[21] Chadron 23 Miss State Fair Piano, "Malagueña"
2011 Kayla Batt[22] Alliance 21 Miss Omaha Vocal, "Love You I Do" Miss Congeniality

Non-finalist Talent Award
Previously Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2007[23]
Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2010
2010 Nicky Haverland[24] 24 Miss Douglas County Did not compete; originally 3rd runner-up, later assumed title after Scanlan won Miss America 2011
Teresa Scanlan[25] Gering 17 Miss Southeast Piano, "White Water Chopped Sticks" by Calvin Jones Winner[26] Preliminary Talent Award Youngest Miss Nebraska ever crowned[27]
Later Miss Nebraska World 2015, 1st runner up at Miss World America 2015
2009 Brittany Jeffers Ogallala 23 Miss Omaha Dance, "So Much Better" from Legally Blonde Top 10 Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2007 pageant
2008 Gretchen Bergquist Oxford 22 Miss Panhandle Vocal, "Feeling Good"
2007 Ashley Bauer Scottsbluff 22 Miss Douglas County Vocal, "This Is my Life"' Contestant at National Sweetheart 2006 pageant
2006 Molly McGrath Omaha 23 Miss Sarpy County Jazz Dance, "She Bangs" Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
2005 Kelly Keiser Gothenburg 21 Miss Lincoln Piano, "Cumana" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2004 pageant
2004 Brook Matthews Blair 24 Miss Omaha Vocal, "Shine It On" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2003 pageant
2003 Jane Noseworthy Bellevue 24 Classical Vocal, "Art Is Calling for Me" from The Enchantress Non-finalist Talent Award
2002 Krista Knicely Omaha 23 Miss Douglas County Jazz Dance, "I'm a Woman"
2001 Christina Foehlinger Ralston 21 Miss Tri-Cities Baton Twirling, Theme from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Top 20 Sister of Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2008, Rachel Foehlinger
2000 Jill Pennington Omaha 23 Miss Great Plains Vocal, "If I Loved You" Non-finalist Interview Award
1999 Becky Smith 20 Miss Omaha Ballet en Pointe, Music from Kiss of the Spider Woman
1998 Jenny Lemmerman West Point 20 Miss Great Plains Vocal, "I'm a Woman"
1997 Kendra Quandt Davenport 23 Miss Western Nebraska Classical Piano, "Prelude in C sharp minor" by Rachmaninoff Non-finalist Talent Award

Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up
1996 Rachel Scott Omaha 20 Miss Omaha Vocal, "Via Dolorosa"
1995 Myra Katherine Hale Lincoln 23 Miss Douglas County Classical Piano Non-finalist Talent Award

Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up
1994 Jennifer Love North Platte 21 Miss High Plains Classical Vocal, "Romany Life" from The Fortune Teller
1993 Mary Lynn Schnitzler Battle Creek 23 Miss Norfolk Area Vocal, "Someone Like You" from Jekyll & Hyde
1992 Natalie Kuijvenhoven Lincoln 21 Miss Great Plains Vocal, "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man"
1991 Vicki Linn Train North Platte 24 Piano, "Prelude" from Pour le piano Non-finalist Talent Award

Quality of Life Award Finalist
1990 Michelle Ebadi Omaha 23 Miss Western Nebraska Tap Dance, "Sing, Sing, Sing" & "Puttin' on the Ritz"
1989 Kristi Hilliard Ogallala 24 Miss Great Plains Vocal "Golden Rainbow"
1988 Jodi Sue Miller Omaha 20 Miss Omaha Acrobatic Jazz Dance Previously Nebraska's Junior Miss 1986

Mother of Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2014 and Miss Nebraska 2021, Morgan Hope Holen[4][3]
1987 Mindee Zimmerman Norfolk 23 Miss Platte Valley Vocal, "People"
1986 Donna Schieffer Columbus 19 Miss Columbus Area Modern Dance
1985 Julie Meusburger Lincoln 22 Miss River City Flute, Carmen Fantasy Non-finalist Talent Award
1984 Allison Boyd Nebraska City 21 Miss University of Nebraska Acrobatic Dance Non-finalist Talent Award
1983 Kristin Lowenberg Kearney 20 Miss Kearney Area Jazz Dance, "What a Feeling" Top 10
1982 Sandra Haschke Humphrey 20 Miss Lincoln Area Popular Vocal, "All I Ever Need Is You"
1981 Jill Pershing Lincoln 21 Miss Lincoln Ballet en Pointe, Rhapsody in Blue
1980 Paula Louise Mitchell Norfolk 20 Miss University of Nebraska Piano, "Toccata in E-flat minor" by Khachaturian Non-finalist Talent Award Mother of Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2015, Paige Pflueger[citation needed]
1979 Kathryn Ann Saathoff Fremont 21 Miss Midland Lutheran College Vocal, "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
1978 Guylyn Remmenga Elwood 21 Miss University of Nebraska-Lincoln Piano, "Toccata" & "Nocturne" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award (tie) Previously National Sweetheart 1976
1977 Linda Kay Hallstrom Omaha 18 Miss Eastern Nebraska Area Jazz Dance Non-finalist Talent Award
1976 Marion Catherine Watson 22 Miss Lancaster County Vocal, "Over the Rainbow"
1975 Janet Kay Goode 19 Miss Omaha Dramatic Skit, "Why?" Previously Miss Nebraska World 1974[citation needed]
1974 Sharon Sue Pelc Johnstown 22 Miss Ord Ventriloquism & Singing, "Those Were the Days"
1973 Sandy Cramer Omaha 18 Miss Omaha Acrobatic Jazz Dance, "I'm an Ordinary Man"
1972 Jeanine Giller 22 Jazz Dance, "Bitter End"
1971 Sally Lou Warner Bushnell 19 Miss Kimball Vocal, "Big Spender"
1970 Debra May Sullivan Omaha 19 Miss Omaha Acrobatic Dance, "Fly Me to the Moon"
1969 Jane Deliese Briggeman Seward 21 Miss York Musical Interpretation, "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" & Fantaisie-Impromptu Miss Congeniality
1968 Diane Boldt Omaha 19 Miss Kearney Character Dance
1967 Terry Lee Schmidt Lincoln 18 Miss University of Nebraska Drawing & Reading, "What Is a Girl?" by Alan Beck
1966 Patricia Lee Van Horne 19 Miss Lincoln Popular Vocal, "Misty" Non-finalist Talent Award
1965 Karen Hansmeire Ogallala 20 Miss Ogallala Semi-classical Vocal, "Love Is Where you Find It"
1964 Sandra Lee Rice Cozad 20 Miss Lexington Dramatic Reading from After the Fall
1963 Donna Marie Black Broken Bow Miss Grand Island Classical Vocal, "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville
1962 Mary Lee Jepsen Papillion 18 Miss Papillion Fire Baton Twirling, "Ritual Fire Dance" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award (tie)
1961 Nancy Lee Foreman Albion 20 Miss Albion Dramatic Reading, "Such Is Your Heritage"
1960 Cheryl Ann Jaeke Shelton 18 Miss Grand Island Vocal
1959 Joan Arolyn Sipes Columbus 19 Piano, "Transcendental Étude No. 4 in D minor" by Liszt
1958 Sherry Johnson Omaha Monologue Non-finalist Talent Award
1957 Katherine L. Nielsen Lincoln Dance Non-finalist Talent Award Later Miss Iowa USA 1959
1956 Diane Knotek Classical Vocal, "The Polonaise" Non-finalist Talent Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1955 Sandra Spiecher Omaha Speech, "Teaching Handicapped Students"
1954 Sue Welch Fisher Kearney Classical Vocal, "Un bel dì vedremo" from Madama Butterfly
1953 Diana Louise Hann Lincoln Art
1952 Helen Francis Burhorn Omaha Piano, Warsaw Concerto
1951 Geraldine Elseman Dramatic Monologue
1950 Jinx Burrus Crete Baton Twirling
1949 Vanita Mae Brown Omaha
1948 Betty Love Booth Fremont Miss Nebraska Multiple Nebraska representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Serena McKinney Omaha Miss Omaha
1947 Madalyn Joyce King Tap Dance Non-finalist Talent Award Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
1946 Marjorie Ann Hanson Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
No Nebraska representative at Miss America pageant[28][29][30]
1942 Claire Buglewicz Vocal, "You Made Me Love You"
No Nebraska representative at Miss America pageant[31][32][33]
1938 Emmajane Newby Humboldt
1937 Ruth Lenore Jones Nebraska City Assumed the title after the original winner, Ruby Hart, was disqualified after getting married
1936 No Nebraska representative at Miss America pageant[34][35]
1934 No national pageant was held[36]
1933 No Nebraska representative at Miss America pageant[37]
1932 No national pageants were held[36]
1927 No Nebraska representative at Miss America pageant[38]
1926 Anne Kathleen Foucar Omaha Miss Omaha Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
1925 Myrtle Roach Omaha Miss Omaha Top 15 Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
1924 No Nebraska representative at Miss America pageant[39][40][41][42]


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