Alliance native named Miss Nebraska

Kayla Batt, the now-former Miss Omaha, is crowned Miss Nebraska 2011 by Nicky Haverland, Miss Nebraska 2010, at the conclusion of the Miss Nebraska 2011 Pageant on Saturday night at the North Platte High School Performing Arts Center in North Platte. Photo by the World-Herald News Service.

Kayla Batt crowed Miss Nebraska 2011

 

By: DIANE WETZEL, World-Herald News Service

Published: Sunday, June 12, 2011 5:10 AM CDT


NORTH PLATTE — It is said good things come in threes. In her third appearance on the stage at the Miss Nebraska Scholarship Pageant, Kayla Batt was crowned the 2011 Miss Nebraska.

“I have imagined this moment over and over again, but it’s not how I imagined it at all. It’s much, much more,” Batt said after her coronation.

The Alliance native is studying English at the University of Nebraska, with plans to teach at the college level.
Batt emerged as a front-runner early in the competition with preliminary wins in the talent, eveningwear and swimsuit competitions.
“She is an intelligent and well-spoken young woman who is proud of her platform and of her state,” said pageant judge Tiffany Jewel, Miss Idaho 2003. “It’s an honor to have changed a beautiful woman’s life.”
Batt will do well on a national level, Jewel said. The young woman who brought the house down with her singing of “Love You I Do” will represent Nebraska at the Miss America pageant in January.
Miss America Teresa Scanlan, who won the Nebraska state title last June, served as emcee for Saturday’s final night of competition, joined by former Husker Aaron Davis at the podium.
Prior to passing the crown to Batt, Miss Nebraska Nicky Haverland said an emotional goodbye to her time as the state titleholder.

“People say being Miss Nebraska changes your life, but that’s not true,” Haverland said. “It enhances you, it brings out more of who you are.”

Mindy Schreiber, Miss Douglas County, was first runner-up followed by second runner-up Jessica States, Miss Lincoln. Miss Star City Rachel Foehlinger was third runner-up, and Miss Nebraska State Fair Kayla Decker was fourth runner-up.
States also received the Miss America Community Service Award for her work in promoting Internet safety and the highest preliminary interview award. Miss Southeast Katrina Poppert received the Miss America Scholarship Award. Schreiber earned the Miracle Maker Award for raising the most funds for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Miss Northwest Mariah Cook swept the non-finalist awards, winning for talent and interview.

 

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