There are 7.4 billion people in the world. 319 million of those live in the United States, and about 1.8 million live in Nebraska. Any given day, you could come across any number of strangers… or you could bump into familiar faces in the strangest of places. Last year as my husband and I were traveling to Cancun, we randomly bumped into his cousin at the airport.. a cousin who lives in California. Then while we were at the resort, 2700 miles away, we literally ran into our good friend, Megan. Of all the hotels in all the vacation destinations around the world, we chose the exact same spot at the exact same time. There is some truth to the saying ‘it’s a small world after all.’ So perhaps I shouldn’t have been as surprised to hear, the first time I met the new Miss Douglas County’s Outstanding Teen, “I think you know one of my teachers..”
Miss Douglas County’s Outstanding Teen 2017 Alex Nervig
Alex Nervig is a proud Millard North Mustang, the high school where my husband has been an assistant baseball coach for 11 years. Turns out, head coach Dave Cork is one of her teachers this year. Of all the schools and all the teachers in the Omaha metro…
but Millard is getting accustomed to having ‘pageant girls’ walk their halls. Miss Nebraska 2014 Megan Swanson and Miss Nebraska 2016 Aleah Peters are both Millard Public Schools grads. Miss Gering 2016 LaRissa McKean and Miss Western Nebraska 2015 Chrissy Townsend are Millard South alums, and Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen 2016 Ashly Helfrich studied at Millard West as she prepared for state competition.
“I decided to compete for my local title because I know a lot of people who have competed in this system and have absolutely loved it!” Alex told me. “This is also my last eligible year to compete in the teen pageant so I decided even if I don’t win, it will still be a really fun experience.”
But she did win, and hit the ground running through every door that opened up for her. Alex has since been spotted volunteering for the Salvation Army, taking part in fundraisers for Children’s Miracle Network and spreading some Irish goodwill in Omaha’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
“My goal is to enjoy the journey and make the most of it,” said Alex. “I have met so many new friends and I have gained multiple opportunities that I never thought I would have. I am so excited to see what the rest of the year holds for me!”
A year that was already jam-packed with performances and competitions; Alex is a member of the World Champion Stepperettes Baton Team, and she’s part of the state-finalist Mustang Varsity Cheer Squad.
Through cheer, Alex became part of the Sparkles program, partnering cheerleaders at several Omaha area high schools with students who have special needs. The Sparkles held their first annual showcase this winter, and they volunteered at the Annual Rock and Roll for Disabilities in Omaha. Friendships have always been integral to Alex, and she’s dedicated her year of service to the special relationships she’s formed through Sparkles.
“My platform is called ‘We Are One’ and it promotes the equal treatment of people with special needs,” said Alex. “I chose this as my platform because throughout my years of school I have seen students with special needs get bullied and I want to see it come to an end.”
Flashback to October.. and telling Coach Cork that once again, a Millard girl was our newest titleholder in the Miss Nebraska system. I heard then how kind Alex Nervig was to everyone around her, and how involved she was in the community. She didn’t transform into an outstanding teenager when she put on a crown; those qualities were already there. That crown, and the 17 others worn by teens across Nebraska, simply highlight the extraordinary things they would be doing with or without their titles.
“So far, my favorite part has been meeting the other local titleholders and becoming friends with them,” said Alex. “I would really like people to know that pageants are not all about wearing pretty dresses and wearing a crown. The crown gives us an opportunity to spread the message of our platform and make a positive change in society.”
Our connections to each other around the world are simply incredible. It’s the Kevin Bacon effect.. someone knows someone who knows someone. When those stories are exchanged, when we connect the dots as to how we all relate to each other, how will everyone describe you? Miss Douglas County’s Outstanding Teen Alex Nervig hopes to stand out as a funny, talking, outgoing young lady who made a difference in this world.
“I want people to know that your success is determined by your definition of success, not someone else’s,” said Alex. ” As long as you accomplish your goals, you can call yourself a winner.”
CLICK HERE to follow Miss Douglas County’s Outstanding Teen 2017 Alex Nervig or to get more information about the Miss Omaha/Miss Douglas County’s Outstanding Teen Pageant! You can also email Director Kelsey Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen Pageant takes place April 21-22 in Omaha, Nebraska.
To read more about this year’s contestants, or the Miss Nebraska/Miss Nebraska’s OT classes of 2014-2016 click the THERE SHE IS link at the top of the page!