Coming to you from the great state of Nebraska, home of the Huskers, I am your 2012 Miss Nebraska Princess Hannah Lienemann. It was just over a year ago when I asked my Mom, "Why do girls cry when they win?". Well little did I know I was about to find out. I was so amazed and overwhelmed by emotions when my name was called as the new Miss Nebraska Princess that I also cried. My first and maybe the most lasting part of this experience was meeting my new NAMily! My sister queens were so nice and we were immediately friends for life.
When I returned home I got right to work gathering more donations of books and bears from friends and family. The books and bears were taken to the Kearney Area Safe Center, where women and children are able to seek safe shelter. I was very happy to find out that each child that comes to the Safe Center is given a backpack with a book and a stuffed animal, it was just what they needed. I was also honored to volunteer at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. It was so neat to see all the runners and teams there to support such an important cause. One of the most fun volunteer experiences was helping the Tri-City Storm Hockey team with their annual Teddybear Toss (even with my broken arm). We sold over 400 Bears, not to mention those that people brought on their own. The bears will be distributed to many area charity organizations.
Some of the other fun things I was able to do this past year include being in many parades, appearing at the Buffalo county fair (and even do a tractor pull in heels & a dress), and attending the State Fair Queen Meet & Greet with 2 of my sister queens. I also go to appear on NTV to talk about NAM. Road-tripping to the Missouri State pageant was a Blast! Thanks Sharon & Savannah for great memories.
Nationals was something I will never forget. I had a blast with my family at Disneyland & Hollywood, but really enjoyed making new friends during rehearsals. I made friends from all over the country (my Mom even made some too). I was super excited when I found out we were going to meet & perform with Kiana Brown to her song "Do the Mermaid". I was sad when my name wasn't called for any awards or top ten, but my good friend Shareen was so nice and helped me see how lucky I was to be there and all of the great things I still had to look forward to. What an incredible journey this has been, and just think I'm only seven....look out world!
There are so many people I want to thank I barely know where to start. Ken and Lani Maples, you have to be thanked first without you we would not have this amazing NAMily! Breanne and Ryan you are awesome and I love you. You are so much fun and always positive and encouraging to all the girls. My sister queens (Chrissi, Jamie, Savannah & Hannah K.) I don't know what I would do without you, you have all been so supportive and are so much fun to be with. I love you guys you will forever be my big sisters! My sponsors, Grandma & Grandpa, Uncle Russ & Aunt Lisa, Lots 2 Learn Childcare and Mom & Dad I wouldn't be able to do this without you! Miss Erin & Miss Whitney you are the best dance teachers I could ever hope for thank you for all the time you spent getting me ready for Nationals.
Finally to my family, I am so grateful for all of you! Grandma & Grandpa thank you for always being there and following me all the way to Nationals. Corey you are the best big brother & escort a girl could have. My brothers Drake, Erik, and Kevin; you couldn't always be there but you were always cheering me on from home. My sister Mary thanks for putting up with me and being so supportive. Mackenzie you are the best big sister, helping Mom with all my preparations and doing my hair, you've been there every step of the way. Daddy you have been my biggest cheerleader and allowed me to chase my Dream. Mom, you are the Best, there are not enough words to say thank you for how much work you have done for me I love you so much!
This has been a fantastic year. Thank you National American Miss for this wonderful opportunity. To all the girls competing this year, have a blast, make friends and be yourself! If I can leave with one message it would be it would be "I hope you dance", live life to it's fullest! Saying goodbye for now, but see you soon!
Your 2012 Miss Nebraska Princess