Nebraska Queens Attending

Nebraska Queens Attending

Queen Meet N' Greet

Sunday, August 31st, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Nebraska Building Lobby

Ella Alberts

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.






Stephanie Amend

2014 Heartland Cinderella Miss

Stephanie Sue Amend, daughter of Shawn and Dawn Amend of Lincoln, NE, won the “2014 Heartland Cinderella Miss” title at the Heartland Cinderella Pageant held this past June in Junction City, KS.  She went on to compete in the Cinderella International’s in Las Vegas this past July and was awarded “Best 10 Year Old” in the required events of talent, party dress, casualwear and interview.  

Stephanie is in the 5th grade at Cavett Elementary School where she was appointed to the Student Advisory Board by the school’s principal for 2013-2015. She is also a mentor to younger children at her school, meeting and educating them on the difference of being a “Now” student instead of a “No” student.  She is also involved in the student book club. 

Outside of school, Stephanie is involved in dance and tennis.  She was chosen as a “Tennis Player of the Month” by The Lincoln Racquet Club and dances competitively for True Dance & Company.  Stephanie was awarded a scholarship by Rainbow Dance Company out of Las Vegas to participate this summer in a New York City Broadway experience where she took classes from the Rockettes and the cast from the Broadway musicals, “Newsies” and “Aladdin”.  Stephanie aspires one day to be Clara in the Nutcracker and to dance on Broadway.


Janae Buckley

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.







Janna Buckley

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.







Izabela Centamore

Miss Nebraska Princess 2014

Miss Izabela Centamore, age 4, daughter of Mr. Joe Centamore and Mrs. Elizabeth Salnicky of Omaha, an outstanding young person from Omaha who has qualified to compete at the National Level of the Miss American Princess for 2014. Youth … Thank you for helping to recognize and reward an outstanding girl who typifies the motto: "Pride of the Present, Hope of the Future.”








Kathy Cowan

Stromsburg Swedish Festival Queen

Kathleen (Kathy) Cowan was elected the 2014 Queen of the Stromsburg Swedish Festival. This honor is bestowed by previous kings and queens and is based on community/church/club participation. The King and Queen serve as ambassadors, promoting the Swedish Festival with emphasis on the fact that Stromsburg is a great place to live and raise a family.  Kathy would like to thank the citizens for honoring her and making her feel like Stromsburg is her home town.


Kathy was born July 22, 1944 in Oakland, NE and graduated from Lyons in 1962. She is married to Sam Cowan and has 3 children: son Steve and wife Terre have twins Alyssa and Stuart, age 9; son Russell; and son Paul and wife Jodi have daughters, Jaylee age 10 and Ryane age 6.

She graduated from UNL in Dec 1978 with a BS in Secondary Ed and has 21 post graduate credit hours. For the next 20 years Kathy substituted in 16 Jr./Sr. High Schools in 3 states.

In 1997, she began teaching GED/ESL classes at the Central Community College/Platte Valley Literacy Assn Adult Basic Education Program, Behlen Mfg, and Carneco Foods in Columbus.

Kathy started teaching citizenship classes at the Cargill plants in Schuyler and Columbus & with PVLA in Columbus and was asked by the NE State Dept. of Education to write curriculum and lesson plans to teach citizenship classes. She has been teaching these classes for more than 15 years and says: "Next to raising my three sons, teaching and speaking about the Naturalizations Process is the most rewarding job I've ever had."

Sam & Kathy & boys have lived in 6 different states and in her "spare time" Kathy has worked in an inner city children's summer program. chaperoned dances, bus trips, etc, helped construct 10 or 11 parade floats, chaired Jaycee Muscular Dystrophy and Band Parents fund raisers, voter drives, post prom prize and decorating committees.

In Stromsburg Kathy chaired the Swedish Festival Raffle, was a member of Band Parents, Post Prom Committees, and is a member of the Genealogy Club, Friends of the Library Club. She also co-chaired the Humanities Council's 4 Lewis & Clark presentations. She has been a member/officer of the Stromsburg Woman's Civic Improvement Club since 1995 - serving on the metal lamp post signs, statue restoration, and Taste of Sweden committees. Kathy chairs the February Fine Arts Program and is author/coordinator of the Community Information Booklets given to new citizens of Stromsburg.


Marissa Florian

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.









Katelyn Hansen

2014 National American Miss, Miss Nebraska Jr. Preteen 

Katelyn Hansen is the current 2014 National American Miss Miss Nebraska Jr Pre Teen.  She has only been competing in pageants for 2 years and in her second year won her title.  She enjoys participating in pageants and one day would like to become Miss America.   Katelyn is currently in 3rd grade at Beattie Elementary School in Lincoln, NE and in the differentiated program. At school she excels in math and reading.  She volunteers her time with various organizations such as JDRF and the Special Olympics.  
When not in school, Katelyn enjoys dance, gymnastics, reading and being with friends and family.  She wishes to one day open and own her own dance studio.  
She is the daughter of Greg Hansen and Cindi Laing.




Emily Hernandez

Miss Nebraska National Teenager

"Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.'' By John F. Kennedy.
This is my favorite quote, for the future of Nebraska, is the children within our state.
I am a senior at Lincoln East High School in Lincoln Nebraska.

I am spunky, loving, and outgoing.
Love to cheer, sing and be with my many friends. For the best thing of being a teen is all the many friendships I have made and knowing that there are so many more exciting opportunities ahead. I represent my title with confidence, courage, and love to inspire young ladies across the country to make a difference in their communities. Believe in yourself and that every day is a new beginning. I represent Three Nations, the Ioway Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Mexico and the United States. I share my stories, give support and tell them that they are truly special.


Marissa Hitt

Heartland Cinderella Miniature Miss 

Marissa began painting before she was two years old. By five, she was painting with acrylics on canvas and started her first business, Paintings by Marissa (www.paintingsbymarissa.com). Most recently, Marissa has mixed mediums to create abstract pieces, as well.  Also an author, Marissa has written and illustrated hundreds of books. “I Ate The Clouds” was her first published book. The sequel, “I Tasted A Rainbow” is waiting for publication, as well as a “Tips to Life” book that should be published this year.

Marissa is an award-winning choreographer and dancer. Her favorite dance forms are ballet and traditional Chinese dance. She has performed at various events such as KC Sprint campus, Nelson Atkins Museum, KC Dragonboat Festival, KC Ethnic Festival, various art galleries, nursing homes, church and school events, and talent competitions.

Marissa has shot a Hy-Vee commercial, modeled in Kansas City Fashion Week for Chocolate Soup and Ruffled Runway, modeled for Natalie M in a Ritzee Girl photo shoot and The Little House in Fairway, KS.

Marissa is the founder of 1Heart, a ministry dedicated to helping mothers and daughters see the need to live a Godly life and held her first conference in the fall of 2013.

Marissa is nine years old. She enjoys school (where she is an A student), Mandarin Chinese School, church, designing, dancing, painting, choreographing, illustrating, writing, acting, playing outside, swimming, making friends, eating junk food, inviting BFF’s for sleepovers, and enjoying her life as a little girl. She has big dreams and someday wants to dance around the world. A portion of her sales is sent to various charitable organizations to help children and orphans around the world.


Morgan Holen

Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Queen 2014

Morgan was crowned Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen in North Platte in June.  Morgan has just returned from nationals where she competing against 53 contestants at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen and was thrilled to place the highest of any Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen.  Her top 5 finish was capped off by also being selected for the overall dance award.  Morgan’s platform is Random Acts of Kindness, in addition to supporting, volunteering, and raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network.  A junior at Elkhorn South High School, Morgan is very involved in scholastics, dance team both at school and a competitive dance team, varsity show choir, student council, and SADD.  Morgan feels fortunate she has the privilege to represent the great state of Nebraska!





Abigail Jacobs

America's US Miss National Tween 2014

Abigail Jacobs, earned the title of America’s U.S. Miss National Tween 2014 in Florida.  She competed against other state winners in the areas of interview, academics, community service, evening gown and modeling. Abigail also took home trophies for best interview, best smile, modeling and swimwear. This scholarship program is designed to recognize and promote the accomplishments and uniqueness of all American, outstanding young ladies. Abigail has gained life-long skills including poise, self-confidence, ability to speak on stage, how to conduct herself in an interview, and the importance of volunteering. You will be seeing Abigail in her community and around Nebraska volunteering and promoting America’s U.S. Miss Scholarship Pageant.  She is in the 6th grade at Ord Elementary School.  She loves to spend time with her family and friends, as well as going to the lake, playing basketball, working on the family farm with her dad and riding four-wheelers.  Abigail is the daughter of Aaron and Traci Jacobs of Ord, and granddaughter of Mike and Sandy Fox and Debbie Bremer, all of Ord, and Dennis Jacobs of North Loup.



Meagan Kurmel

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!

Leah Kuwahara

2014 Heartland Cinderella Tot

Leah is 7 yrs old and a 2nd grader at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Wichita Kansas.  Leah is a level 3 competitive gymnast and has many interests including playing guitar, singing, arts and crafts, swimming, volunteering in her community and spending time with family and friends.








Melissa McIntosh

2014 Nebraska ANTSO National Miss

Melissa McIntosh is the 2014 ANTSO Nebraska National Miss. She is 21 years old and a senior at Concordia University, Nebraska where she's majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in English as a Second Language. She is the captain of the women's golf team at Concordia and in addition to pageants, she enjoys arts & crafts, watching movies and playing golf.






Kadynce Mullins

National American Miss Nebraska Princess 2014

Kadynce Mullins, daughter of Kevin and Brenna Mullins of Nebraska City, NE is the 2014 National American Miss Nebraska Princess, since being crowned at the state pageant in May.  She will be competing for the national title in November in Anaheim, California.  At the pageant, she placed first place in talent, casualwear, interview, and modeling.  Kadynce is a 2nd grader at Northside Elementary in Nebraska City. 

Due to experiencing unfortunate seizure episodes, Kadynce has been a patient at the Children’s Hospital in Omaha, and has gained compassion for children in need of healing. As a result, she has chosen the Children’s Miracle Network for her summer project and has started a non-profit cause called, Lollipop Limo, in which she sells suckers to raise funds for CMN.  She has also participated in baking goods for the Rainbow House, donating books and reading time, decorating tray liners to deliver get well greetings to patients, and participated in a radiothon to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

Kadynce is currently learning piano and is also involved in her church and Girl Scouts. She has a love for horses and hopes to one day become a horse trainer and race to become Grand Champion.


Mercedes Phillips

Miss Heartland 2014- America's Natural and Supreme Beauties

Mercedes Phillips, the 10 year old daughter of John and Dayna Phillips from Kearney, NE is your new 2014 Miss Heartland. Mercedes enjoys crafting, dance & gymnastics, and volunteering in her community.  Last year Mercedes started her own youth volunteer group “Small Hands, Big Hearts” to encourage other local youth to get involved in their communities and make a difference and feel the blessing of helping others.  Competing in pageants since she was six and holding other previous titles and honors in pageantry she is always excited to have the opportunity to share the difference between scholarship pageants and the beauty pageants you see on tv.





Lianna Prill

Miss Crane Festival

Since being crowned Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen in 2012, she has become an honors student at UNL and the Gluten-Free Industry Initiatives Intern for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.  At nineteen years old, Lianna Prill is our reigning Miss Kearney Crane Festival who recently took home the non-finalist talent award at Miss Nebraska this June.





Kristi Raue

National American Miss Nebraska Princess Cover Girl

My name is Kristi Raue. I am 6 years old and live in the small town of Decatur, NE. I love playing outside with my 3 dogs and visiting my grandma to help her take care of her kittens and chickens. I am a 1st grader at Bancroft-Rosalie School. My favorite subjects in school are reading and P.E. I am currently a clover kid in the local 4-H group (Burt County Broncos) and will be taking my 2nd year of dance (tap and jazz) at the Onawa Dance Studio. I am a very outgoing person and love to be outdoors. I spend most my summer at fairs and rodeos with my mom, dad, brother, and sister. We enjoy camping and tubing during our free weekends. I look forward to spending Thanksgiving week in Anaheim, CA representing Nebraska and competing for the National Cover Girl title.




Savannah Rave

Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2014

Savannah Rave is the current Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2014 and an 18 year old graduate from Elkhorn South High School. Savannah grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and is currently attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She plans to peruse a Special Education major with a minor in Spanish. Since her crowning in January of 2014, Savannah has worked with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Spread the Word to End the Word, and several other organizations. She has made it her goal to reach out to those in need and to speak up about the things she is most passionate about. In her free time, Savannah enjoys reading a good book, hanging out with friends, and decorating cakes! Savannah will give up her current title in late November and would like to encourage young girls to always BElieve in YOUrself! 



Maranda Saltzman

ANTSO National Jr. Sweetheart 2015

Maranda is the daughter of Hunter and Nicole Saltzman of Bellevue, Ne. Maranda competed at her state pageant and received the Miss Nebraska Jr. Sweetheart title. She then went on to compete in Nashville, TN this past summer where she won the ANTSO National Jr. Sweetheart Title for 2015. Maranda is a freshman at Bellevue East High school. She is on the high school dance team and a member of the show choir. Maranda loves to volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club. She is excited to represent the United States and is looking forward for the year ahead of her.






Jessica Schaaf

Miss Harvest of Harmony 2013

Jessica was born in O’Neill, Nebraska on April 9th, 1996.  Her mother, Vicki, and father, Jeff, moved the family to Broken Bow, Nebraska in 1999.  Her older sister, Mia, and she grew up in the small community with many successes. Jessica grew to love drawing, running, painting, and doing anything to keep her busy!

She attended Broken Bow High School where she competed in Cross Country, Volleyball, Track, and Instrumental Music Competitions.  She enjoyed her art classes, Student Council, National Honor Society, and Color Guard, for which she was the captain.  Academically, she  made the All “A” Honor Roll each of her years in the Broken Bow School system, was a two year winner of the Broken Bow High School Student of the Year Award, and was inducted into the BBHS Academic wall of Fame her freshman year.

In the fall of 2013, she was selected by her high school to compete in the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Miss Harvest of Harmony Pageant, where she was honored by receiving the title of Miss Harvest of Harmony. In her spare time, Jessica served as the Youth Representative on her church’s council, attended the Nebraska Leadership Seminar, and Nebraska Cornhusker Girls State.  Each of these events she was chosen to attend gave her the confidence, connections and ambition to determine what she wanted to do with her future.

Jessica will attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha to major in Business Management and Administration in the fall of 2014.  Upon college graduation, she hopes to attend the Art Institute of Chicago, majoring in Fashion Design and Merchandising.


Emily Steinbach

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.





Shelbe Stroh

Crane Festival's Outstanding Teen

Shelbe Stroh is a sophomore at Elkhorn South High School and lives in Omaha, Nebraska.  She currently holds the title of Miss Crane Festival’s Outstanding Teen 2014.  Her platform is Fit and Fabulous: Shattering the Negative Body Image of Young Women.   She wants to represent a positive role model for teens and encourage them to invest in a healthy lifestyle.  Her hobbies include writing poetry, reading, singing, dancing and being active.  She also volunteers time within her community.  Shelbe plays select soccer for Elkhorn United Force, is a member of the Elkhorn South Women’s Show Choir, she is passionate about succeeding academically and participates in many leadership roles. 






Angel Strong

Pre-Teen Miss Nebraska Princess 2014

Angel Strong is the 12 year old daughter of Amber Strong and resides in Lincoln NE.  She has enjoyed her involvement with Pageantry since she was 8 years old.   Angel will tell you that pageants have built her confidence, taught her poise, improved her speaking abilities and taught her to dream big because nothing is impossible.  Her favorite quote is “Shoot for the Moon because even if you miss you will land among the Stars” Les Brown. 

Angel is also Pre-Teen Sweetheart Queen for the ANTSO.  She recently attended two National Competitions, one for ANTSO in Nashville TN where she was 1st Runner Up and won the Spokes model Competition as well as other award.  The other was in Branson, Mo for the Princess of America Pageant where she placed third runner up and won MISS Personality. 

Angel enjoys reading and writing and is a straight A student and involved in several school program including tutoring and mentor for other kids.  She loves being a role model and encouraging other kids to do their personal best and help them set and accomplish their goals.  She wrote her first book, ‘Kaylee Ken Kooper – Mother Knows Best’ and is currently working on additional books to the series.  Her goal is to reach high academic marks and attend college in Washington DC and become a Forensic Anthropologist and an Author of a bestselling Mystery Book.

She also enjoys competes for Cheer and Dance Express and Select swim team, cooking, and working with JOSH the Otter to promote water safety. Saving lives is their mission! Learn more at JOSHtheOtter.com


Allison Tietjen

Miss Heartland 2013

I have lived in the small town of Chester, Nebraska my whole life.  Throughout my high schools years, I played softball, volleyball, and ran track.  I also really loved to be involved in my schools FCCLA chapter and student council.  I am also a proud Girl Scout for 13 years and earned my Gold Award this past year.  The Gold Award is the highest award a girl scout can receive and I was honored to earn it.  I also really enjoy playing the piano and organ for my church. 

As Miss Heartland 2013, I have had an amazing time talking to church groups, school organizations, and anyone else who would have me! I was involved with a school fundraiser last year called “Operation Airlift”.  Our goal was to raise $500 so we could send a local veteran on the Korean Honor Flight.  With the help of a loving community and the drive that high school students have, we raised over $4,200! With this money we paid the way for eight veterans to travel to Washington DC to see the war memorial that was built for them.  I had the honor to travel on the honor flight as well as a guardian and it truly was an amazing experience that can be hard to put into words.  This experience has really given me the drive for my platform, “United we Stand: Remembering Our Heroes”.  I now help with Patriotic Productions and assist setting up with the Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit. 

In May I graduated from Thayer Central High School.  This fall I will start the new chapter of my life at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.  My plan is to go through their Pre-Health Program, then transfer to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for Nursing.   


Julie Timmerman

Miss Old West Trail Rodeo Queen 2014

Julie Timmerman is the 2014 Old West Trail Rodeo Queen. She is the daughter of Karla Timmerman and Gary Quinn. The daughter of Ben and Jane Timmerman. Julie is attending Mid-Plains Community
College for her Associate of Science degree then she will attend Chadron State for her Pre-Vet degree. She is currently on the Mid-Plains Community Rodeo Team. She will be going around to many states
representing her queen title and rodeo team. Julie's hobbies are to hunt, fish, play sport, rodeo, or any outdoor activities. Julie likes to participate in activities involving children and older adults of many ages. The Old West Trail Rodeo is during July 3-4, and I hope to see you at my rodeo and many other rodeos.





Kalista Volland

Miss Nebraska, Jr. Tween Division, America's US Miss Pageant

Kalista Volland, Daughter of Dr. Jennifer Volland of Omaha NE, won the 2014 “Miss Nebraska” title at the America’s US Miss Pageant held August 16th in Omaha, NE. She will compete in the 2015  National competition in Clearwater, FL.


Kalista is in the 3rd grade at Westmont Elementary School where she is an honors English and Math student. Her favorite activity is art, and she dreams of being a Disney artist one day. Kalista’s high aspirations may in part be from sharing the same birthday with Walt Disney and the 8th US President Martin Van Buren. She additionally spends her spare time volunteering at the People’s City Mission Medical Clinic in Lincoln NE that provides free services to individuals who are without health insurance.


Outside of school and volunteering, Kalista actively studies multiple types of dance and has been selected for the True Dance Company competition dance team. She also was awarded a scholarship as the “Most Promising Model” in 2014 to further her training at Springboard Modeling School.  Kalista enjoys making new friends, helping others to be their best, and listening to the Beatles.




MaKenzie Zima

Czech-Slovak Queen of South Central Nebraska

Makenzie Zima is representing South Central Nebraska as their 2014-2015 Czech-Slovak Queen.  At the state Czech queen pageant in Clarkson, she won Miss Congeniality and best Americanized Kroj. 

Makenzie is currently attending Doane College in Crete where she is majoring in Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Biology and a minor in Sociology. 

Makenzie is a life member of the Girl Scouts of the USA where she has obtained her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.  She hosts the polka show, Cseska Muzika at Doane College.  She is the Vice-President of both the Nature Ambassador’s Club and the UNL Komensky Czech Club.

Makenzie is a 2012 graduate from Blair, Nebraska.  She is the daughter of Dave and Crystal Zima and has an older sister, Karleigh.