Miss Nebraska USA

For the state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss Nebraska.
Miss Nebraska USA
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Omaha
Miss USA
Official language
Website Official website
Micaela Johnson, Miss Nebraska USA 2008
Guerin Austin, Miss Nebraska USA 2004

The Miss Nebraska USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Nebraska in the Miss USA pageant.

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 10 times. They were most successful in the 1950s, placing 6 times, with three runner up placements. 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.

Results summary




Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2016 Sarah Hollins Omaha 25
2015 Hoang-Kim Cung Grand Island 25
2014 Amanda Soltero Columbus 22 Top 20 Previously Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2010
2013 Ellie Lorenzen[1] Omaha 21
2012 Amy Spilker Malcolm 21
2011 Haley Jo Herold Omaha 23
2010 Belinda Wright[2] Scotia 21 Top 15 Miss Congeniality
2009 Meagan Winings Atkinson 22 Previously Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2004 and top 10 finalist at Miss Teen USA 2004.[3] First Miss Nebraska Teen USA to make the semifinals at Miss Teen USA.
2008 Micaela Johnson Omaha 23 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Squad Member 2003-2005
2007 Geneice Wilcher[4] Omaha 26
2006 Emily Poeschl[5] Lincoln 21
2005 Jana Murrell Omaha 23
2004 Guerin Austin Omaha 24
2003 Jessica Perea[6] 22 First Latina to win title[6]
2002 Stacey Skidmore Honorable Mention
2001 Su Joing Drakeford Bellevue 23 USAF Airman 1995-1999, Miss Teen Omaha 1996, Later Mrs. Maryland 2015
2000 Valerie Cook
1999 WaLynda Lou Sipple Previously Miss Michigan Teen USA 1992
1998 Jennifer Naro
1997 Kimberly Jane Weir Lincoln 21
1996 Kerry Lynn Kemper 24
1995 Chandelle Peacock Omaha
1994 Shawn Wolff
1993 Tish Gade Lincoln
1992 Jeanna Margaret Blom
1991 Ziba Ayeen[7] Native of Afghanistan[7]
1990 Angela Humphrey
1989 Renee Harter
1988 Kellie O'Neil
1987 Amy Anderson Kearney
1986 Ellen Withrow Papillion
1985 Lori Leigh Straight Omaha
1984 Joni Rundall Omaha
1983 Penelope Boynton Lincoln
1982 Lori Lynn Novicki Omaha
1981 Ladonna Hill Seward
1980 Rebecca Staab[8] Ralston 18 Semi-Finalist Played Jessie Matthews on Guiding Light[8]
1979 Rhonda Lundberg McCook
1978 Shari Alyce Reimers
1977 Deb Ridge Hastings
1976 Catherine Fricke
1975 Mary Lee Hoth Omaha
1974 Mary Wolff
1973 Janice Geiler Semi-Finalist Miss Photogenic
1972 Theresa Engels
1971 Lola Butler
1970 Bonnie McElveen Bellevue
1969 Marily Poole
1968 Linda J Dresher
1966 Karen Weinfurtner
1965 Constance Kellogg
1964 Georgia Ann Merriam
1963 Sandy Zimmer
1962 No Representative
1961 Gail Weinstock Semi-Finalist
1960 No Representative
1959 Priscilla Eckrish
1958 Dee Kjeldgaard Semi-Finalist
1957 Carolyn McGirr 3rd Runner-Up
1956 Shari Lewis 3rd Runner-Up
1955 Donna Jo Streever 2nd Runner-Up
1954 Margie Winkhoff Semi-Finalist
1953 Berneta Nelson Semi-Finalist
1952 No Representative

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant


  1. "Ellie Lorenzen Crowned Miss Nebraska USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. October 8, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  2. Coddington, Mark (2006-10-09). "Scotia native overcomes fear to win Miss Nebraska USA". The Grand Island Independent.
  3. Barge, Evelyn (2005-03-31). "Pepperdine beauty-pageant contestants reveal the ins and outs of the pageant system". Pepperdine University Graphic.
  4. Hascall, Kelley (2006-10-09). "Several UNL students compete for Miss Nebraska". Daily Nebraskan.
  5. Hascall, Kelley (2005-10-10). "Crowning Achievements". WOWT.
  6. 1 2 Baez, Leia (2002-10-11). "UNO student crowned Miss Nebraska". Gateway.
  7. 1 2 "Duty Could Switch from Contest to Gulf". The Buffalo News. 1991-02-17.
  8. 1 2 Passalacqua, Connie (1986-05-18). "Staab will reign as soap's sweetest star". Tri City Herald.
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