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Your 2012 National American Miss Nebraska Preteen, Savannah Soltero, reflects on her experience this year

Hello! My name is Savannah Soltero and I am your Miss Nebraska Pre-Teen 2012. This year has been so amazing!

 When I was chosen as one of the state finalists for the 2012 National American Miss Nebraska pageant I was so excited! It was my first pageant so I needed to work hard to prepare for it. When I got to the NAM check-in and saw all the girls I was so nervous. I decided the best way to get over my nerves was to just jump right in so I started to introduce myself to all the other girls. I'm sure glad I did because some of them are now my closest friends. The night of the final pageant I was ready for whatever happened. They started calling up the top 20 and when I got called, all I could hear was my family and friends cheering for me! When we went back on stage, they called the runners up. Then, it was time to announce the winner. I heard my name get called and I was shocked! I couldn't believe it, as you can see by the picture. I was so happy and overwhelmed. I was shaking, crying, laughing. It was so emotional.

  With my Miss Nebraska Pre-Teen title I did a lot of volunteer work, visited other state pageants, and got to be in several parades. 

Some of my favorite things included attending Columbus Days in my hometown and going on road trips with my pageant sisters to the other NAM state pageants. My favorite event in Columbus Days was the Weiner Dog Races. It was so much fun watching the little puppies run as fast as they could! 

Going to the other NAM state pageants was so much fun. I loved meeting and watching all the girls compete. I also loved meeting my new sister queens from other states and spending time with my Nebraska sister queens.
Meeting other queens at another NAM state pageant

  Nationals finally arrived and I was so excited! When I got there, I met all the girls from the different states. I loved the Hollywood tour because I got to meet amazing girls from both the state division and the All-American division, not to mention, got to meet Mario Lopez and be seen on TV, "Extra Extra!". I even ran into Disney star, Audrey Whitby, from Dog with a Blog, during our Disney day . I loved the different rehearsals because it was really fun to see what other girls were wearing for pajama day and patriotic rehearsal, also how the girls did their hair for crazy hair day. 
Meeting Mario Lopez at Nationals!
The night of the final pageant my name didn't get called for the top 15. I was sad but then I realized I was really lucky I got to even come to nationals, and I had the BEST cheering section a girl could ask for with family traveling from across the country to watch me compete. When I got back home to Nebraska I was happy to be home, although I still call and message my sister queens a lot!
Spending time with my sister queens!

  I would like to thank my family for being a part of this experience, and helping me throughout my entire journey this year. Dad, thank you for being my very handsome escort! Mom and Amanda, thank you for coaching me and helping me learn all that I need to know. I would also like to thank my Breanne, Lani, and Ryan for being awesome state directors! Also, a big thank you to my sister queens for giving me a very fun year! I would also like to thank Michele Strom and Winning Crown for helping me with everything I needed to know and for helping me pick out my dress and interview suit. I love all of you guys so much!

  All the girls who are competing this year, GOOD LUCK! I hope you have as great as an experience as I did! You are all amazing girls! Remember to always say to yourself, "I look good!", and I can't wait to meet all of you!

 Savannah Soltero
 2012-2013 National American Miss Nebraska Pre-teen Queen