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Nebraska Queens Attending
Queen Meet N' Greet
Sunday, August 31st, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Nebraska Building Lobby
Nebraska Jr. Princess 2014- ANTSO
Ella Alberts is the current 2014 ANTSO Miss Nebraska Jr. Princess as well as the 2014 Academic Achievement award winner. During her time as Jr Princess, Ella has enjoyed volunteering at animal shelters, homeless shelters and with the Special Olympics. Ella is a 5th grader at Hillside Elementary in Omaha NE. She enjoys competitive cheerleading, art and volleyball. Ella hopes to continue doing pageants and ultimately become Miss America. She is the daughter of Mary and Ron Alberts.
Clarkson Czech-Slovak Queen
The Clarkson Czech Chapter is represented by Janae Buckley, Miss Czech-Slovak of Clarkson. Janae recently competed in the Nebraska Czechs pageant where she won awards for oratory and best authentic kroj. Janae is currently in her junior year in high school and is looking forward to all of the upcoming festivals. Janae is grateful for her family's and friends' support and is so excited to see everyone here today.
Omaha Czech-Slovak Queen
The Omaha Czech Culture Club is represented by Janna Buckley, Miss Czech-Slovak of Omaha 2014-2015. Janna is currently in her junior year in high school and is looking forward to all of the upcoming festivals. Janna enjoys representing and living in the great city of Omaha. She is very grateful for her family's and friends' support and is so excited to see everyone here today.
Wilber Czech Queen
Marissa is 19 years old and a sophomore at Peru State College where she is majoring in elementary education. She is also a Peru State Ambassador and part of the Peru State cheerleading squad. Her parents are Brian and Judy Florian.
2014-2015 Nebraska Czech-Slovak Queen
Meagan Ann Kurmel is the 2014-2015 Miss Nebraska Czech-Slovak Queen. She was the Omaha Czech-Slovak Culture Club Queen for 2013-2014 and 2012-2013. Meagan is the daughter of Dan and Colleen Kurmel. Her family resides in Bellevue, Nebraska along with her two dogs, Jager and Maggie.
Meagan graduated in May 2014 from the University of Nebraska in Omaha with a Bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering. She will be returning to the University of Nebraska in August to begin her Master's program in Architectural Engineering with an emphasis in Mechanical Engineering.
Meagan is also very involved in a variety of organizations related to her field of study. She is an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and also the Architectural Engineering Student Leadership Advisory Committee.
In her free time, Meagan enjoys dancing, camping, deer hunting, and spending time with her family and friends. She is looking forward to a fun filled year as the Nebraska Czech Queen and sharing her Czech heritage!
Lincoln Czech-Slovak Queen & Nebraska Czech-Slovak Queen 1st Runner Up
Emily Steinbach of Lincoln, NE is the current Lincoln Czech-Slovak Queen as well as the current Miss Nebraska Czech-Slovak Queen 1st Runner Up. She is the daughter of Ted and Holly Steinbach. She graduated from Pius X High School in Lincoln and currently attends the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she is studying Psychology with hopes of becoming an Occupational Therapist. She loves all things Czech and has been an avid baker of kolaches since the age of 12. She loves learning about her family’s history and understanding more about the people who came before her. She has also recently learned how to play the Czech card game of taroky (pronounced thudocks) and looks forward to passing this family tradition along with many others to her future generations. When not attending Czech festivals and functions, Emily enjoys reading, sewing, and spending time with her sorority sisters of Sigma Kappa.