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Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen

Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen 2018 Kelsie Therkildsen is a Bennington High School student, award-winning dancer, and our state’s representative at the 2019 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition.

Kelsie, 16, was crowned in Omaha on April 28, 2018, winning $2,300 in cash scholarships and nearly $10,000 in additional gifts and services. Kelsie, winner of the Evening Gown & On Stage Question Award at the state level, then represented Nebraska at the 2019 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando, Florida, winning a full-ride scholarship to the University of Alabama (pending acceptance).

Kelsie is an active dancer, trains with Core Dance Company and is a member of the Bennington High competitive dance team. She performed an energetic routine to Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” to win the state title. She is spending her year of service advocating for Children’s Miracle Network, the official partner of the Miss America Organization and the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, as well as her personal platform, “Come Out From Behind The Screen,” encouraging her peers to focus more on in-person social interaction. 

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Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen

Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen 2018 Kelsie Therkildsen is a Bennington High School student, award-winning dancer, and our state’s representative at the 2019 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition.

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Kelsie, 16, was crowned in Omaha on April 28, 2018, winning $2,300 in cash scholarships and nearly $10,000 in additional gifts and services. Kelsie, winner of the Evening Gown & On Stage Question Award at the state level, then represented Nebraska at the 2019 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando, Florida, winning a full-ride scholarship to the University of Alabama (pending acceptance).

Kelsie is an active dancer, trains with Core Dance Company and is a member of the Bennington High competitive dance team. She performed an energetic routine to Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” to win the state title. She is spending her year of service advocating for Children’s Miracle Network, the official partner of the Miss America Organization and the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, as well as her personal platform, “Come Out From Behind The Screen,” encouraging her peers to focus more on in-person social interaction. 

Book Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen

Would you like Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen to be part of your next event? Visit our Booking page to learn more about how to schedule an appearance.

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Are you the next Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen?

Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen not only receives scholarship money and prizes, but a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase her opinions, talents and intelligence, and to serve her state as a representative.

The 2019 Miss Nebraska Outstanding Teen Competition

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Join award-winning sports broadcaster, Thor Tripp, and Miss Nebraska 2019 Jessica Shultis as they host the 2019 Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen competition. Cheer on 23 extraordinary young women as they take to the stage at historic Scottish Rite in downtown Omaha. Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 6 p.m.

This year’s candidates will compete for a shot at $11,000 in cash scholarships, $10k in prize packages, and the title of Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen. The new winner will advance to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando.

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2019 Local Outstanding Teen Titleholders

Morgan Baird
Miss Kool-Aid Days OT

Jadyn Wetherington
Miss Scotts Bluff County OT

Emily Hendren
Miss Metro OT

Phoenix Stanford
Miss Douglas County OT

Daisy Sudderth
Miss Omaha OT

Olivia Terwey
Miss Alliance OT

Katelyn Bowers
Miss Harvest Moon Festival OT

Emily Stadler
Miss Chadron OT

Addilyn Wilson
Miss Fur Trade Days OT

Gabriella Wagner
Miss North Platte OT

Addaline Linscott
Miss Southeast Nebraska OT

Jessica Splichal
Miss Gering OT

Shalise Oliver
Miss Heartland OT

Chloe Blumanthal
Miss Old West Balloon Fest OT

Participating in Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen

Heather Loseke, Director
heatheraloseke@gmail.com
(402) 779-1956

Kali Tripp, Co-Director
kalinicoletv@gmail.com
(406) 671-2652

Mailing Address
1724 S. 32nd Ave.
Omaha, NE 68105

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 The Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen Competition is the state final for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition, held in Orlando, Florida. This branch of the Miss America Organization was first introduced in 2006. Candidates may compete as “At-Large Contestants,” not sponsored by a local event, or may be the winner of a local Miss Teen competition. All of them share the same general eligibility requirements:

  • Resident of Nebraska for the last six months

  • Must be 13 by July 31st

  • No older than 17 by July 31st

  • U.S. Citizen

The entry fee for the state competition is $350 for local winners and $400 for At-Large Contestants. In many cases, local committees will assist with payment of the state entry fee. Check with local directors for local competition entry fees. Academic scholarships are also awarded at the local and state levels.

LOCAL COMPETITIONS

See the Miss Nebraska local competition page for the most up-to-date information regarding local competitions and contact information.

AT-LARGE CONTESTANTS

We believe every young woman who has the desire to compete for Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen should have that opportunity. Anyone can compete as an At-Large Contestant as long as eligibility criteria and paperwork requirements are met. You will be required to pay an entry fee of $400.

Upon committing to compete At-Large you will be given a title to compete as (ex: Miss _____’s Outstanding Teen), and from that point you will only be recognized as your assigned title, just like the other contestants. You will also be given the opportunity to purchase a crown and sash to represent your title.

Competing At-Large is a great opportunity for any young woman to compete for the title of Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen. For more information, please contact the state directors.

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AREAS OF COMPETITION

Contestants in the Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen Competition are evaluated in the following areas:

  • Private Interview (25% of total score) – The Private Interview phase of competition is an opportunity for the judges to learn as much as possible about the contestant – her personal qualities and attributes to be Miss Local’s Outstanding Teen; her level of communication skills; her opinions and aspirations; her sense of accomplishment, poise, and presence as well as her ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the position judges have been requested to fill. At the local level, individual interviews with the judges are 6 minutes long. At the state and national levels they are 8 minutes long. There are typically 5-7 judges on the panel, and the interview is press-style, with the contestant standing at a podium. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheets, their educational and career goals, their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities, or any major current events that relate to their specific platform or career interest. Scoring is based on overall “first impression”; communication skills including speech, vocabulary, and grammar; a confident and charismatic personality; ability to express and distinguish her beliefs; attractive and stylish in an age-appropriate manner; leadership and sense of accomplishment; and knowledge and understanding of her platform issue.

  • Lifestyle and Fitness (15% of total score) – Each contestant briefly appears on-stage (up to 30 seconds) modeling sportswear of her, or the pageant committees’, choosing that represents something she does to stay fit. The Executive Director of the competition must approve workout attire prior to the competition. Workout attire must be age-appropriate, and typical of what a teenager would wear to workout at the gym. An example of workout attire includes sweats, leggings, or shorts with a tank top or half top and tennis shoes. Swimsuits and clothing specifically for dance, such as a leotard are not permitted. Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of strong physical fitness and health, sense of attractiveness and presence, display of energy, charisma and expression, sense of confidence and composure. The fitness of the teen, by the shape of her body, is not being judged. Instead, her level of pursuit and dedication to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is being evaluated.

  • Talent (35% of total score) – Contestants perform a 90-second routine of their own choosing. Some possible talents include all types of singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedy monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism. Other talents that can be performed solo on a stage are also possible. Phone or e-mail us if you have a question about your talent presentation. Scoring is based on contestant’s skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence and totality of all elements, including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography.

  • Personal Appearance/Poise in Evening Wear/On Stage Question (25% of total score) – Each contestant appears on-stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a prom or other formal event. Although contestants typically wear ball or evening gowns, pantsuits, tea-length dresses and cocktail dresses are all appropriate for this phase of competition. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk, posture, carriage and grace, appropriateness of attire and sense of style, sense of attractiveness, beauty and charm.

REQUIRED PAPERWORK

Each contestant competing at the state and local level will be required to submit a platform and resume sheet for the judges, as well as some other supplementary paperwork. Instructions and samples of the resume and platform sheet can be found below.  Each local director can also help to guide you through all the necessary documents.

Forever Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen

  • 2017 – Carsyn Long, Gering

  • 2016 – Hannah Miller, Omaha

  • 2015 – Steffany Lien, Lincoln

  • 2014 – Morgan Holen, Omaha

  • 2013 – Samantha Washington, Lincoln

  • 2012 – Lianna Prill, Holdrege

  • 2011 – Brooke Ludemann, North Platte

  • 2010 – Staci Craighead, Omaha

  • 2009 – JaCee Pilkington, Minatare

  • 2008 – Rachel Foehlinger, Ralston

  • 2007 – Kayla Batt, Alliance

  • 2006 – Sharla Schreiber, Columbus

  • 2005 – Jessica States, North Platte