Newly crowned Miss Nebraska confirmed for 125th celebration
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Friday night’s opening ceremonies at Imperial’s 125th celebration July 2 will include newly crowned Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan of Gering.
Scanlan, 17, won the title Saturday night in North Platte at the annual Miss Nebraska Scholarship Pageant (MNSP). A total of 14 young women vied for the title.
In addition to the overall title, Scanlan also won both the talent and evening wear competition at the pageant.
The new Miss Nebraska is a May 2010 Scottsbluff High School graduate, and is the youngest to be crowned in the state pageant’s history, according to MNSP business manager Katherine McBride.
She will be “under the tent” for the July 2 opening ceremonies. She will give a brief talk and also be on hand to autograph photos. Her contract with the committee states she will be at the celebration for two hours on Friday night, July 2.
The 125th planning committee also learned this week at least two members of the Mercier family will be on hand for the 125th events. Mark Mercier Jr., great-grandson of Imperial’s co-founder, and his wife Sherie of Arizona, and possibly other relatives will be here.
Thomas Mercier and M.L Goodrich co-founded Imperial in 1885.
A full weekend of events is planned July 2-4 in celebration of Imperial’s 125th.