Competing in Nebraska this year are three former Teens, hoping to add to this record-breaking year (see more info on that here). The three are 2011 Teen Madison Novak, 2RU last year; 2009 Teen Sarah Hollins, 3RU last year and 2RU in 2014, and first-time Miss contestant Sarah Summers who was Miss NE Teen USA 2012. Sarah is only the fourth 2012 Teen to compete this year and fifth ever! (but we may be seeing another in NY this weekend too).
2015 fourth runner-up Taida Pajazetovic is also back. Jessica White is competing for the first time since she placed fourth runner-up at Miss NE Teen USA 2007!
The only returning Teen contestants are 2015 third runner-up Megan Karas and semi-finalists Lacey White and Ariel Zach.
Kudos to Nebraska for keeping their numbers steady, with 19 Miss contestants and 25 Teens - their highest Teen group since 2007. Special mention to my favourite local title for 2016, "Miss Middle of Nowhere Teen"! Contestant photos can be viewed here.
2016 contestants marked with asterisks below:
Miss Nebraska USA & Teen USA Titleholder History | Nebraska state pageant results
Click "read more" or scroll below for the full list of contestants with notes of past placements.