NORTH PLATTE, Neb. After months of preparation and three days of restless competition Nebraska crowned it's newest queen.
Miss Nebraska 2018 Jessica Shultis crowns Miss Nebraska 2019 Allie Swanson at the final night of the Miss Nebraska Competition. (Source: KNOP-TV/Jace Barraclough)
Allie Swanson of Omaha was draped with the sash and crowned as Nebraska's representative for the Miss America Organization.
"I'm just so fortunate for this opportunity. I take this responsibility with a lot of weight and I want to do the best job I can to serve Nebraska," Swanson said.
Swanson along with 12 other candidates have been working tirelessly to provide a better community for the people of Nebraska.
"I just told the girls after it was announced that it could've been any one of us. This is the most amazing class of women and I am so fortunate to be supported and around all of them," said Swanson.
Swanson's crowning was a particularly special night for her family. Allie's sister Megan was crowned as Miss Nebraska 2014 just five years earlier.
"This was actually her five year anniversary and she humbly took the backseat and chose to not be honored and to let me have my moment in competition," said Swanson.
Each former queen gets to be recognized when they reach their five year anniversary. But, Megan refrained.
"I want to say my sister is the best person in the entire world for doing that. She didn't have to take that backseat."
Swanson says she's got big plans involving a meeting with Governor Ricketts in her first month as Miss Nebraska.
"Number one, I really want to get a meeting with Governor Pete Ricketts I really think our state specifically needs updated legislation regarding social media. Social media produces digital based anxiety, depression, FOMO which stands for fear of missing out. "
As a college graduate working on her master's at Bellvue University, Swanson's Social Impact Initiative is to educate people on how to safely use social media.
"I want to articulate to parents and teachers what COPA laws are among other things. But, I'm really blessed to have three powerful partners SGS- The Smart Gen Society, Microsoft and the FBI backing me and I have so many plans for Nebraska and I can't wait to get started."