Daughter Follows in Mom's Footsteps with Miss Nebraska Pageant

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb.-- Standing on a stage, with millions cheering you on - you turn to wave, pageant-like, with a crown glistening upon your head. This was the reality for Morgan Holen during the 2014 Miss Nebraska Outstanding Teen Pageant.

But, one of the crowd members cheering Morgan on was her mother - Jodi Holen. Jodi knew exactly what was running through her daughter's mind - because she had been standing in that very spot before.

In 1988 Jodi was crowned Miss Nebraska right here in North Platte and she couldn't be any more proud her daughter was experiencing the same feeling.

Morgan was involved in dance at a very young age. Going into dance practice at an average 20 hours per week, Morgan would look on the wall and see a framed picture of when her mother adorned that same crown as Miss Nebraska.

"She's always been a really strong figure in my life," Morgan said. "Someone I look up to completely. She's strong, talented herself, very well spoken and one of the hardest workers I've ever seen."

Jodi and Morgan both agree that the Miss Nebraska organization enriched their lives. From providing role models to Morgan at a young age and both philanthropically and in scholarship.

But, this year Morgan is following in her mother's footsteps in more ways than just wearing the crown. She is actually recreating her mother's 1988 talent routine.

Morgan explained that her mother held one glass in one hand, another glass in the other hand while balancing a third glass on her head.

"She does acrobatic tricks balancing these glasses of water and then dances afterwards. So, it's not just a dance to learn. I had to start about a year ago," Morgan said.

A year of practice and Morgan is still perfecting her talents moments before she took stage.

The Miss Nebraska Teen pageant is celebrating it's ten year anniversary. When matched with unique talents, eleven contestants and a chance for anyone to take home the title - Jodi and Morgan said the excitement will be at an all time high.

"It's really going to be a great show," Morgan said.