NORTH PLATTE — A Chester woman was crowned Miss Nebraska 2017 during Saturday's pageant in North Platte.
Allison Tietjen, a 21-year old University of Nebraska-Lincoln student, will now travel the state for the next year to advocate for veterans and active military members, her personal platform of service.
She also will represent the state at the 2018 Miss America Pageant live on ABC in September.
Tietjen was also awarded Preliminary and Overall Talent Awards (tie), a Preliminary Evening Wear Award, the Overall Interview Award (tie), the Miss Nebraska Community Service Award, the Miss America Community Service Award, and was awarded third place for the Children’s Miracle Maker Award.
In total, Tietjen is awarded more than $13,050 in cash scholarships, in addition to use of a car for her year of service and an estimated $13,000 in gifts, wardrobe and services.
Her parents are Cary and Amy Tietjen of Chester.
Miss America Organization Executive Chairman and CEO Sam Haskell, along with Miss Nebraska 2016 Aleah Peters, presented this year’s awards and honors to the new Miss Nebraska.
Wellesley Michael, Miss Omaha, was named first runner-up at the competition, which concluded Saturday in North Platte after a week of events. Michael, 20, is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student from Omaha.
Jessica Shultis, Miss Kearney, of Dannebrog was named second runner-up. Shultis, 23, is a Doane University masters program student.
Lianna Prill, Miss Harvest Moon Festival, of Holdrege was named third runner-up. Prill, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student, has traveled the state sharing her struggle with Celiac Disease to spread awareness to others.
Kogan Murphy was named fourth runner-up. Murphy, a 23-year old from Omaha, is a professional ballerina with Ballet Nebraska.