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Megan Swanson crowned Miss Nebraska

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A Nebraska woman who calls herself a healthy-lifestyle advocate has a chance to become Miss America. Megan Swanson was crowned Miss Nebraska Saturday night, which she entered as Miss Douglas County.

The pageant was held at North Platte High School in North Platte.

Earlier, Swanson earned the Duke of Edinburgh Award, judges named her second among all contestants in community service.

Her pageant platform is, “Total Body Wellness: Spirit, Soul and Body.” Her pageant competion talent is as a vocalist. She sings “You Raise Me Up.”

During her reign as Miss Douglas County, Swanson’s activities varied from reading to school children to campaigning for cancer awareness and volunteering at a rescue mission.

She earned a $400 scholarship for winning the Miss Douglas County title. She receives a larger scholarship, plus prizes, for being crowned Miss Nebraska.

If Swanson is crowned Miss America, she will become the second Miss Nebraska to wear the national crown. The first was Miss Nebraska 2010 Teresa Scanlan.

Swanson has attended Belmont University in Nashville

In separate competition, Morgan Holen was crowned as Miss Nebraska’s Oustanding Teen 2014. She will travel to Orlando, Florida in July to compete in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant.

The teen pageant is the younger-sister competition within the Miss America Organization. Contestants are ages 13-17 years.

Holen is a resident of Omaha. She is a student at Elkhorn South High School.

She has participated in such activities as raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals, participating in a race for charity and cooking for the National Pancake Day charity. Her pageant platform is, “Random Acts of Kindness.”

If Holen is crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, she will become the first Nebraska contestant to wear the national crown. The highest-placing Nebraska contestant, so far, is Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen 2007 Kayla Batt. The resident of Alliance was named Miss Spirit at the national pageant.

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