Volume 3 Issue 3 - July 2014

Mrs. Nebraskans Celebrate Independence Day in Seward, NE

As our country prepares to observe its
birthday, it is certainly a day for celebrations! As representatives of the married women of Nebraska, we periodically include our husband and children in our various appearances! As titleholders, giving back to communities by promoting our marriage and family is very important. As one nation, under God, with
liberty and justice for all, we have been afforded many freedoms which are sometimes taken for granted. One of Nebraska’s largest family events includes the Fourth of July festivities in Seward.

Each year our reigning Mrs. Nebraska, and her family, participates in Seward’s day long activities which also hosts one of our state’s largest parades.  Typically, all royalty gather
together for a group picture with the Governor and other state dignitaries, prior to the commencement of the parade.  Since 1868, the community of Seward, has honored and celebrated the anniversary of our United States’ founding.  Rich in community history, this celebration has received state and national attention. Seward is recognized as “America’s Small Town 4th of July City”.  The observance is unique in that the major leadership is provided by high school youth.  The event adds new attractions each year and draws upward to 40,000 people.  It has been televised nationally on numerous occasions and this year the Today Show will be covering the event.  The parade commences at 4:00 p.m. and the day’s events are a great way to spend time with family while honoring our country’s anniversary!  This year’s theme is “There’s No Place Like Home”.

Top: Mrs. Nebraska 1996-Tosca Lee with her niece, Erin. Theme: Free Voice, Free People.

Middle: Mrs. Nebraska 2001-
Debra Gray and NE astronaut  
Clayton Anderson.
Theme: 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Bottom: Mrs. Nebraska 2005-Sharon Soltero and all royalty with Governor Heineman and 1st Lady-Sally Ganem
Theme: Red, White, and


“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
― Mahatma Gandhi


Birthdays and Anniversaries


• Sherri Ellsworth - July 15th

• Deb Essex - July 16th

• Marcelle Broome - July 30th


• Kristie and Mike Davis - July 31st


Mrs. Nebraska 2006 - Jennifer Bradley with her sons.

Theme: Pride of the Prairie

Mrs. Nebraska 2007 - Michele Strom with her family.

Theme: Nebraska the Beautiful

Mrs. Nebraska 2009 - Jen Hart with her family.

Theme: Foundations of Freedom

Mrs. Nebraska 2010 - Nicole Panneton with her family.

Theme: It's All About the Family

Mrs. Nebraska 2011 - Karalyn Hoefer

Theme: Salute! To Freedom's Heroes!

Mrs. Nebraska 2012 - Kim Daniels

Theme: Say It With Music


Titleholders in the News

Mrs. Nebraska 2003-Olivia Opre is the first woman EVER to be featured on the cover of this magazine in Poland. Her six page article was featured in June’s 2014 edition. Congrats Livy for continuing to blaze trails all over the world as a Huntress, while making an ongoing difference in the hunting industry!


Mrs. Nebraska 2014 served as a judge for the Miss Nebraska America Outstanding Teen pageant held in North Platte on June 7th. Amanda Reinert is pictured with the 2014 winner-Morgan Holen who happens to be the daughter of Miss Nebraska 1988-Jodi Miller Holen.

Miss Nebraska USA 2014-Amanda Soltero placed in the Top 20 at the nationally televised Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge LA held last month on June 8th. Pictured in June’s US Weekly magazine her caption mentions her mom (Sharon Soltero) as a former Mrs. Nebraska!


Save the Date!!!
   July 20th  
4:00 p.m.
  Mrs. America     
Send-off for
Mrs. Nebraska
Amanda Reinert

Invites will be coming in the mail with complete information.

Amanda is still seeking donations to assist with her expenses for Mrs. America. Go to www.gofundme.com to show your support .