When I competed for Miss Nebraska my first time, I remember making the long trek to North Platte and thinking ‘why North Platte? Why isn’t this pageant thing just in Omaha?’ I got my answer during those first trips west for Orientation and state competition in 2001.
This town LOVES Miss Nebraska and treats every, single titleholder like a queen. North Platte has hosted the annual Miss Nebraska pageant for 33 years. Local families ‘adopt’ titleholders during the week of state competition. Businesses offer cash donations for scholarships and services for the winners. The Little Sisters program, partnering little girls with the young women they idolize, has a waiting list every year. And for many of those girls growing up in North Platte, the Miss Nebraska Pageant is an annual can’t-miss event.
One of those ‘little girls’ is now a teenager and competing on her own.
Miss Twin Rivers Outstanding Teen 2017 Katy Greene
“I want to be the same role model for kids that I looked up to when I was little,” Katy told me recently. “Those big girls meant everything to me and I always knew I wanted to be just like them!”
In February, Katy earned that chance.
She was crowned Miss Twin Rivers Outstanding Teen in her hometown of North Platte.
“Any opportunity I receive I take it and give it my all!” said Katy. “I always want to put my best into everything that I do.”
One glance at her social media, and it’s clear this teenager does exactly that.
She’s already busy, an Academic letter winner and cheerleader at North Platte High School. But Katy immediately committed to her community, knowing the extra significance of being a titleholder in Miss Nebraska’s home base. She’s taken part in charity events, visited schools, and helped with fundraisers to help people and families throughout the area.
“I absolutely love being out in the community and spending time with others,” said Katy. “The kids in particular are my favorite! They always have adorable things to say and nothing is better than seeing the joy on their faces, as well as the impact that a strong role model has on them. I always take the time to talk to each child, adult or anyone else who I meet at appearances. I feel that personally talking to people is what creates such good relationships.”
Katy also uses those moments to spread the word about her personal platform: ‘Unplug and Enjoy the Arts’.
“This generation of children spend a lot of time on technology and I feel that too much of this is going to, over time, take away from both their creative thinking and social skills,” said Katy. “By minimizing their time on technology and substituting it for other activities, such as the arts, we can find that happy medium between the two.”
“There isn’t a day that I don’t have some kind of activity,” said Katy. “The pageant word is full of amazing opportunities and experiences. It allows young women to become involved in their communities, build strong relationships with their sister queens, and to show others how young people CAN make a lasting impact.”
Next weekend, Katy will be taking the same trip I did.. in reverse. With the people of North Platte behind her, she’ll head east to Omaha to compete for the title of Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen. Directors Heather Edwards and Kali Tripp have done a FANTASTIC job drumming up the same support from the community, businesses and little girls in our neck of the woods.. all to cheer on this new generation of young women. Katy Greene is ready and willing to be the girl that ties it all together.
“During the state pageant I hope to make a lot of new friends,” said Katy. “I want to go into my interview and out onto that stage and perform as best as I can and just show everyone what I have to offer. Also, I really want to get my platform out there and share my ideas with others! Beyond, I wish to be the role model that young children look up to and always give them the opportunity to see that dreams do come true!”
For more information about the Miss Twin Hills/Miss Sand Hills Outstanding Teen Pageant or to become a contestant, CLICK HERE to visit their site on Facebook!
The Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen Pageant takes place April 21-22 in Omaha, Nebraska.
To read more about this year’s contestants, or the Miss Nebraska/Miss Nebraska’s OT classes of 2014-2016 click the THERE SHE IS link at the top of the page!