|John M. Vannatta|
Jennifer Vannatta-Fisher, State Pageant Director
The Miss Nebraska USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Nebraska in the Miss USA pageant. The pageant is directed by Vanbros & Associates, headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas. In 2002, Nebraska joined the Vanbros group of state pageants for the Miss USA and Teen USA system.
Nebraska is one of the least successful states at Miss USA, having only placed 14 times. They were most successful in the 1950s, placing 6 times, with three runner up placements. Until 2018, their highest placement was in 1955 which was 2nd runner up. Belinda Wright's top 15 placement in 2010 was Nebraska's first semi-final placement since 1980 and first to win Miss Congeniality. In 2018, Sarah Rose Summers became the first Miss Nebraska USA to win Miss USA and becoming the 35th state to have the title of Miss USA for the first time. The most recent placement was Natalie Pieper placing 2nd runner-up in 2022.
In 2020, Megan Swanson became the first Miss Nebraska delegate to ever win the state title. Also, she and her sister Allie Swanson, Miss Nebraska 2019, became the first sisters to hold the statewide Miss USA and Miss America titleholders simultaneously.
Guerin Austin, Miss Nebraska USA 2004
Micaela Johnson, Miss Nebraska USA 2008
- Miss USA: Sarah Rose Summers (2018)
- 2nd runners-up: Donna Jo Streever (1955), Natalie Pieper (2022)
- 3rd runners-up: Shari Lewis (1956), Carolyn McGirr (1957)
- Top 12: Janice Geiler (1973), Rebecca Staab (1980)
- Top 15/16/19/20: Berneta Nelson (1953), Margie Winkhoff (1954), Dee Kjeldgaard (1958), Gail Weinstock (1961), Belinda Wright (2010), Amanda Soltero (2014), Erika Etzelmiller (2021)
Nebraska holds a record of 14 placements at Miss USA.
- Miss Photogenic: Janice Geiler (1973)
- Honorable Mention: Stacey Skidmore (2002)
- Miss Congeniality: Belinda Wright (2010)
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age[a]||Local title||Placement at Miss USA||Special awards at Miss USA||Notes|
|2023||Amelia "Mimi" Wood||Omaha||23||Miss West Omaha||TBA|
|2022||Natalie Pieper||Lincoln||26||Miss Douglas County||2nd runner-up|
|2021||Erika Etzelmiller||Lincoln||23||Miss South Lincoln||Top 16||Previously Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2016|
|2020||Megan Swanson||Omaha||26||Miss Millard||
|2019||Alexis "Lex" Nicole Najarian||Lincoln||23||Miss Capital City||Daughter of Peter Najarian|
|2018||Breanna "Bree" Coffey||Valley||24||Miss Valley||did not compete||
|Sarah Rose Summers||Omaha||23||Miss Omaha||Miss USA 2018|
|2017||Jasmine Jade Fuelberth||Norfolk||20||Miss Norfolk|
|2016||Sarah Elizabeth Hollins||Omaha||25||Miss North Douglas County|
|2015||Hoang-Kim Cung||Grand Island||23||Miss Grand Island||Previously National American Miss 2012–2013|
|2014||Amanda Soltero||Columbus||22||Miss East Lincoln||Top 20||Previously Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2010|
|2013||Ellie Lorenzen||Omaha||21||Miss Omaha|
|2012||Amy Marie Spilker||Malcolm||21||Miss Malcolm|
|2011||Haley Jo Herold||Omaha||23||Miss Greater Omaha|
|2010||Belinda Renee Wright||Scotia||21||Miss Greeley County||Top 15||Miss Congeniality|
|2009||Meagan Winings||Atkinson||22||Miss Sandhills|
|2008||Micaela Johnson||Omaha||23||Miss Douglas County||Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Squad Member 2003-2005|
|2007||Geneice Wilcher||Omaha||26||Miss North Omaha|
|2003||Jessica Perea||Omaha||22||First Latina to win title|
|2002||Stacey Skidmore||Omaha||19||Honorable Mention|
|2001||Su Joing Drakeford||Bellevue||23||USAF Airman 1995–1999, Miss Teen Omaha 1996, Later Mrs. Maryland 2015|
|1999||WaLynda Lou Sipple||Previously Miss Michigan Teen USA 1992|
|1997||Kimberly Jane Weir||Lincoln||21|
|1996||Kerry Lynn Kemper||24|
|1992||Jeanna Margaret Blom|
|1991||Ziba Ayeen||Native of Afghanistan|
|1985||Lori Leigh Straight||Omaha|
|1982||Lori Lynn Novicki||Omaha|
|1980||Rebecca Staab||Ralston||18||Semi-Finalist||Played Jessie Matthews on Guiding Light|
|1978||Shari Alyce Reimers|
|1975||Mary Lee Hoth||Omaha|
|1973||Janice Geiler||Semi-Finalist||Miss Photogenic|
|1968||Linda J Dresher|
|1964||Georgia Ann Merriam|
|1957||Carolyn McGirr||3rd Runner-Up||Finished as 4th runner-up, but succeeded to 3rd runner-up when the 3rd runner-up took the place of the 2nd runner-up|
|1956||Shari Lewis||3rd Runner-Up|
|1955||Donna Jo Streever||2nd Runner-Up|
- Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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