(Neb)-Panhandle Natives 1st and 2nd Runners-up To Miss Nebraska
NORTH PLATTE, Neb - Miss Lincoln Jessica Shultis was crowned the 81st Miss Nebraska on Saturday night in North Platte. Shultis, who won the second night preliminary evening gown competition, now advances on to the Miss America Pageant this September in Atlantic City.
The next two finalists were both from the Panhandle with Miss Star City Allison Baird of Gering the 1st runner-up and Miss Old West Balloon Fest Makinzie Gregory of Scottsbluff. Rounding out the top 5 were were 3rd runner-up Miss Omaha Allie Swanson and 4th runner-up Miss Douglas County Krista Hinrichs.
Two other Panhandle contestants received special awards. Miss Scotts Bluff County Brianna Little of Scottsbluff was the non-finalist talent winner and performed her dance at the finals while Miss Alliance Kodi Lee Baumann of Chadron was voted by the other contestants as Miss Congeniality.
Serving as the emcees for the Miss Nebraska Pageant were NTV sports directgor Dave Griek and Miss Nebraska 2011 Kayla Batt Jacox. A native of Alliance, Jacox opened the night by singing the National Anthem and performed another song later in the evening.
The new Miss Nebraska is 24, in her final year of pageant eligibility, and is looking at option for a PhD after earning a Master's degree from Doane University. Shultis is also a cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2013, and turned her experience into a personal monologue for her talent.
The focus of her monologue was seizing each day as if its your last, an approach she honed in her battle with cancer. Shultis played basketball at Centura High School and at Doane, resulting in lessons that also helped her overcome cancer.
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