When you look back at your years in high school, do you remember who won the senior superlatives in your class? Most outgoing, best personality, most likely to succeed, most school spirit.
In my class, one of the ‘superlative’ winners was my good friend Jake Ozanne, named Most Outgoing. He could have also been coined ‘Most Popular’, ‘Most Inclusive’, ‘Most Welcoming’, or just “Mr. All American Monarch.” Jake was a starting varsity football player, who also has a sensational voice and was one of the star’s of PLHS’s sold-out presentation of Grease. He did it all and was friends with EVERYONE along the way, no matter what clique, group, or friendship circle you were part of. PAPIO LOVED JAKE, and we still do.
Lincoln Southwest High arguably has SEVERAL contenders for the title.. THREE Silver Hawks will be competing this summer for the title of Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen. One of these young ladies is the Queen of Superlatives.. because after my reporter research, I question if there is anything this beauty CAN’T do.
MISS GERING’S OUTSTANDING TEEN 2015 EMMA KEIFER
Emma is an actress, a singer, a competitive speaker, and a dancer. She not only takes part in all of these activities at Lincoln Southwest High, she’s an award winner in many of them..
The sophomore is a member of the top ranked Ambience competitive show choir, of which Emma posted on Facebook: “What a year with so many amazing people including these inspiring girls that I am blessed to call my best friends.”
Emma is also an active member of Lincoln Southwest High’s theater program, named Freshman of the Year and cast in this year’s production of White Christmas, chosen to be part of the 2015 International Thespian Festival Showcase.
Emma’s also a national speech qualifier and a member of the Lincoln Southwest Emeralds Dance team.
In case you had any doubts, I looked up ‘does it all’ with Merriam Webster and Emma’s picture accompanies the definition. HOLY COW! Still, she added to her resume this year, competing for and winning the title of Miss Gering’s Outstanding Teen.
Emma, alongside Miss Western Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen 2015 Allison Baird. Emma posted on Facebook: “What a great way to start fall break! A big congratulations to every girl who competed in teen and miss for achieving so much by getting on the stage and sharing God’s talents to the judges.”
Emma was crowned in early October, and despite her incredibly demanding activity schedule at school, Emma gave of her time as Miss Gering’s OT at least once every month, often times more.
“Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat! Had a great time collecting food cans with my school theatre troupe as Cruella De Vil! We collected over 2,100 pounds of food for the Lincoln Food Bank!”
“I was able to meet with the president of the Lincoln Animal Ambassadors to donate to their Pet Food Bank. I am so thankful to all my friends who helped me collect over 50 bags of cat and dog food during our Post Halloween Movie Night!”
“I spent time with other volunteers wrapping over 600 presents for the non-profit Boxes of Love. These presents have been presented to many different organizations and families throughout the holiday season and I was very happy to help!”
“I was able to meet with over 50 girls at Scott Middle School in Lincoln to promote my platform, Girl Talk. Each girl showed interest in growing in the three pillars of the organization, building self-esteem, learning leadership skills and the importance of community involvement! Every Thursday I get to talk and mentor a group of the most talented, sweetest, inspiring and beautiful girls I have ever met at Girl Talk! Everyone knows how hard Middle School can be so I am so happy to be the Girl Talk girls guide through life and their shoulder to lean on! Not only am I teaching them leadership skills, community involvement, and to be drama free, but they are teaching me and making me a better person!”
On to January..
“Spent my night volunteering at the Alzheirmer’s Association Gala! I even got to model a prom dress for the Black Swan during the live auction. I had such a fun time for such a great cause.”
“I bet you can guess who is ecstatic for June!”
And just recently, in April..
“I judged a prelim for the Cinderella Pageant. (I have never seen so many talented and adorable girls! It was so tough being on the other side.) I packaged/prepared meals for Kids Against Hunger with Youth Leadership Lincoln. I met with the wonderful Teresa Scanlan and discussed the future and importance of my platform.”
And in May, Emma turned 17. Yea, Emma Keifer IS A SOPHOMORE; SHE JUST TURNED 17 YEARS OLD.
I am exhausted just reading all of this! I’m also checking to see if Lincoln Southwest is sharing their secrets to success in teaching and training such outstanding young women. Each of the groups Emma belongs to, whether they be drama, choir, speech, or dance, may have a different superlative for Emma. Who knows what title she could end up with in her senior yearbook.
Emma Keifer may capture a title long before that. She’ll take the stage in North Platte in just two weeks, ready to compete for the title of Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen.
Follow Miss Gering’s Outstanding Teen 2015 Emma Keifer and contact her for appearances and events on the Miss Western Nebraska/Miss Gering Pageant on Facebook.
For more information on becoming a contestant, contact Director Kyla Ansley by phone at 308-631-0938 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will take place June 5, 2015 in North Platte. Click here to visit the organization’s website or the Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen Pageant on Facebook and on Twitter.
To read more about the Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen Class of 2014, click on the ‘There She Is’ link at the top of the page.