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Megan Swanson is a college student, a Christian music artist, and now, Miss Nebraska.

The Omaha woman, 21, was crowned Miss Nebraska Saturday night in North Platte. Swanson, who competed as Miss Douglas County, will now represent the state at the Miss America pageant in September.

"On Day One I woke up and the first words out of my mouth were, 'Mom, I'm Miss Nebraska! I'm Miss Nebraska!" Swanson told KETV. "I definitely pushed myself to the limit in all areas (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual), and am so thankful for every person who helped me and supported me along the way."

Swanson was a standout to the crowd and the judges at 6-feet tall, several inches taller with heels, and a powerful voice which won her a preliminary talent award. Swanson sang 'You Raise Me Up'.

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