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Jessica Shultis


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Jessica Shultis from Dannebrog, Nebraska was crowned Miss Nebraska 2018 on June 10, 2018. She will represent the state of Nebraska at the Miss America 2019 competition. Before holding her state title, she held the local titles of Miss Kearney 2017 and Miss Lincoln 2018.

At the state pageant Shultis was awarded over $10,000 in scholarships and won a Preliminary Evening Wear Award and the Overall Interview Award (tie). In the talent competition, Shultis performed a monologue entitled, “Wake Up.”

Shultis is a 24-year old graduate student at Doane University and was a collegiate basketball player. Her platform is entitled “Hoops for Hope.” Shultis hosts basketball camps striving to educate children to have confidence and be healthy while also raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. As a cancer survivor herself, this platform is dear to her heart.

At the 2017 Miss Nebraska pageant, Shultis placed 2nd runner-up and proved her ambition and tenacity by returning to the pageant the following year and winning the crown. The 2018 pageant was only her second year competing at Miss Nebraska.

Shultis thought that the Miss Nebraska 2017 pageant would be her last year competing in the Miss America Organization because she was aging out of the system, however in January the organization announced that the maximum age limit of contestants would be raised from 24 to 25. After hearing the news that she was still eligible to participate, Shultis competed for Miss Lincoln 2018 the next day, won the crown and was able to return to compete for the title of Miss Nebraska.

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Monologue - “Wake UP”

Pageant Platform

Hoops for Hope

Which School Did Jessica Shultis Attend?

Undergraduate - University of Nebraska-Lincoln- Class of 2016 - Currently a graduate student at Doane University – Master of Arts in Management and Human Resources

FUN FACTS about Jessica Shultis

She won a $10,000 scholarship with the title of Miss Nebraska 2018. She was diagnosed with cancer during her time at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. At the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, she was one of 32 Chancellor’s Scholars in the Class of 2016. She is currently the Human Resources Manager at Advanced Medical Imaging in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has tattoos that she does not cover during competition. After her initial cancer diagnosis she and mother got cross tattoos together. It is a daily reminder that even though she does not know what the future holds, she knows who holds my future. The words “No Fear” on her foot represent the verse Psalm 23:4.

In the Media

Miss Nebraska

10 August 2018 http://missnebraska.org/meet-miss-nebraska/

Miss Nebraska

10 August 2018 http://missamerica.org/jessica-lynn-shultis/

Miss Nebraska 2018: Jessica Shultis

10 August 2018 http://www.knopnews2.com/content/news/484922821.html


10 August 2018 https://nebraska.tv/news/local/jessica-shultis-crowned-miss-nebraska-2018