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(Neb)-Omaha Woman Crowned Miss Nebraska

By: John Axtell Posted at: 06/09/2019 04:22 PM
NORTH PLATTE - Allie Swanson of Omaha, a 24-year old graduate student at Bellevue University, is the new Miss Nebraska.

       Swanson, competing as Miss Heartland, topped 12 other young women last night in North Platte, for the right to represent Nebraska at the Miss America Pageant this September in Atlantic City.

    She's not the first Miss Nebraska in her family. He older sister Megan Swanson was Miss Nebraska 2014.

      The start of the finals was delayed 20 minutes by a late afternoon thunderstorm that included 3/4" hail, 60 mph wind gusts, and 1.63" of rain that flooded some streets.

      1st Runner-up was Miss Nebraska State Fair 22-year old Allison Baird of Gering, a student at Doane University. Swanson was the preliminary Evening Wear winner Thurs and the On-Stage Interview winner on Friday while  Baird won Evening Wear Friday and On Stage Interview on Thurs.

       2nd Runner-Up was Miss Alliance Hayden Richardson of Gering, with Carsyn Long 3rd Runner-Up and Miss Kool Aid Days Makinzie Gregory 4th Runner-Up.

       Richardson, who just completed her freshman year at Western Nebraska Community College and is transfering to Laramie County CC to study physical therapy, was awarded the Miss America Scholar Award and a $1,000 cash scholarship.

     Shardel Nelson of Alliance, long-time former director of the Miss Alliance Program Director whose late daughter Kaelia competed at both Miss Nebraska and Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen pageant, was named the 2019 Miss Nebraska Volunteer of the Year.


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