Swanson is originally from Laramie, Wyoming. She grew up in Norfolk Nebraska and attended Norfolk Catholic High School located in Norfolk, Nebraska. During her time, she was President of the Key Club as well as a member of Future Business Leaders of American and the school’s track team.
Swanson was also a member of her high school’s cheerleading team. However, when she entered her freshman year, her school had no cheerleading team. She approached the administration and helped convince them to bring cheerleading back to her high school. The courage to start an All-Freshman Varsity squad paid off with two state cheer championship titles and a runner-up championship title during those four years.
After graduating from high school, Swanson enrolled at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She is studying business management with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. She is also a member of the Court Appointed Special Advocates organization. After completing her degree, Swanson plans to start her own property development business.
Swanson started her pageant journey with National American Miss. She competed at National American Miss Nebraska 2012 as a Preteen. There, she won the photogenic award and was named a State Ambassador.
Swanson returned the next year when she entered the 2013 National American Miss Nebraska pageant. Once again competing as a Preteen, she was named fourth runner-up to National American Miss Nebraska Pre-Teen 2013, Naomi Turner, in addition to winning the Top Model award. She also placed second runner-up for the Photogenic and Casual Wear Awards and was again named a State Ambassador.
If a contestant at a National American Miss state pageant places in the Top 5 or is named a State Ambassador, they are invited to compete at the National American Miss pageant for the title of National All-American Miss.
Swanson accepted this opportunity and competed at the 2013 National American Miss pageant. She was named second runner-up to National All-American Miss Pre-Teen 2013-2014, Sophia Takla.
Swanson returned to the National American Miss Nebraska stage for a third time in 2015. Competing as a Junior Teen, she was named third runner-up to National American Miss Nebraska Jr. Teen 2015, Kaitlyn Rozeboom. She was also named first runner-up for the Photogenic Award.
Again placing in the Top 5, Swanson was allowed to compete at the 2015 National American Miss pageant for the title of National All-American Miss Jr. Teen. Competing as Miss Norfolk Jr. Teen, Swanson placed in the Top 10 and was the winner of a brand new Ford Mustang Convertible.
Swanson then took a year away from the National American Miss system. However, she returned in 2017 to compete for the title of National American Miss Nebraska Teen. After years of competition, Swanson finally won her first state title. She was crowned National American Miss Nebraska Teen 2017.
Swanson then went on to compete for the title of National American Miss Teen 2017-2018 where she placed in the Top 10.
After completing her reign and crowning her successor, Swanson decided to enter the Miss Teen USA system. She entered the 2019 Miss Nebraska USA and Miss Nebraska Teen USA pageant. On her first try at the title, Swanson was crowned Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2019 on January 6, 2019 at the Rose Theater located in Omaha, Nebraska.
Swanson will go on to compete for the title of Miss Teen USA 2019.