This week, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts unveiled the state’s new license plate to be produced in 2017, just in time for Nebraska’s 150th Birthday!
What an incredible time to be a Nebraskan. We have produced gold medal winning Olympians, legendary performers, a President, an astronaut, and yes, a Miss America! Every village, town, and city in our state has a unique and fascinating history. For example, Chadron, Nebraska was founded in 1884 and originally named O’Linn, Nebraska. When the railroad was built six miles away, the ENTIRE TOWN picked up and shifted to that branch site and renamed the community after Louis Chartran, a french fur trapper who built a trading post there in 1841. To this day, Chadron’s Museum of the Fur Trade is the largest of its kind in the United States, attracting thousands of visitors. Now, the city has enlisted two young women to share their tradition statewide.
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Brooklyn Stack is one of them; she’s Miss Fur Trade Days Outstanding Teen 2016.
“I am in Chadron High School’s Cardinal Singers, on dance team, Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America, in the musical and in speech,” Brooklyn told me recently. “I strive to be the best person I can be and I commit to what I saw I will do.”
Brooklyn IS Chadron, involved in just about every facet of her community as a high school sophomore can be. She and Miss Fur Trade Days 2016 Alex O’Connor will represent the far northwest corner of the state in the upcoming Miss Nebraska and Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen pageants, along with Miss Chadron 2016 Tyler Rambali and Miss Chadron’s OT Emma Wilkinson.
“I have gained so many friendships and communication skills already from being in the pageant circuit,” said Brooklyn. Those connections are one of the reasons Brooklyn decided to compete in a pageant in the first place.. she saw her older sister, Kiya, form the same bonds while competing for Miss Nebraska.
“My role model is my sister, Kiya, because she is such a strong and amazing individual,” said Brooklyn. “She is so kind and helps out whenever she can. Kiya has competed before and the relationships she gained influenced me to participate.”
And just as her big sister chose a personal mission as a local titleholder, so has Brooklyn, focusing on stereotype awareness.
“I was bullied severely when I was younger and I do not want other kids to go through what I went through,” said Brooklyn. “My platform is U-B-U Stereotype Awareness. This program has helped me highlight my skills and has helped me get involved in schools to talk about my platform.”
One of the ideas Brooklyn’s brought to classrooms is to join everyone in a circle, hold hands, and discuss what everyone has in common rather than leaving someone out because of their differences. She posted on Facebook: “We are all connected by our interests, our religion, our race, our personalities. There is no reason to outcast someone because they are ‘different.’ We are all unique in our own ways. #U_BU#Classroomvisit.”
Brooklyn has also created a website, described as a medium to empower youth by stopping stereotypes. (Click here to see it!)
It’s times like these Brooklyn isn’t just representing her hometown or the historic tradition emblazoned on her sash, she’s the face of our program and what it represents. She hopes people remember the positive influences and active change all titleholders in the Miss Nebraska and Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen organizations are aiming for.
“I would tell people who criticize pageants that this program helps shape young women to be strong individuals who strive to be the best they can be,” said Brooklyn. “If they don’t care much about the program, I can’t make them change their minds, but I can explain to them that this organization helps to create women who want to change the world with their footprint through the program.”
Brooklyn Stack wants to take her message of confidence and acceptance statewide. She wants to sing to a crowd and share one of the talents she embraces. And she wants to be Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen to add her name to Chadron’s history books, and to the list of Nebraska greats.
“I bring something different to the table,” said Brooklyn. “I am a strong individual who is not afraid to stand up for what I believe in. Even though I am new to the program, I want to make a change.”
CLICK HERE to follow Miss Fur Trade Days’ Outstanding Teen 2016 Brooklyn Stack ON FACEBOOK. You can also CLICK HERE to learn more about her platfrom U-B-U Stereotype Awareness.
For information on becoming a contestant, CLICK HERE to visit the Miss Chadron/Northwest/Fur Trade Days Outstanding Teen Pageant on Facebook. You can also contact Director Amanda Vogel by phone at 308-665-5595 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on becoming a Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen contestant, contact Director Heather Edwards at email@example.com or Director Kali Tripp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read more about this year’s contestants, or the Miss Nebraska/Miss Nebraska’s OT classes of 2015 & 2014, click the THERE SHE IS link at the top of the page!