A Ralston High School freshman has earned her crown.

Chloe Rosman was crowned Teen Miss Nebraska Princess of America 2016 on Jan. 16 at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center.

Rosman started participating in pageants about five years ago when she was 10. She participated in one each year but only recently started using the help of a pageant coach, Theresa Scherer.

“She has worked really hard,” her mother Stacy said. “Once she started working with her coach, she took it more seriously and was working hard.”

On the day of the Teen Miss Nebraska Princess of America pageant, Chloe felt ready, but still a little nervous.

“There was a nervousness,” Chloe said. “There was only four girls I was competing against and they all had won a title. It was a mixture of nervousness and excitement.”

The pageant had four components: formal wear, onstage question, interview and onstage introduction. Contestants could also do another component of their choice such as casual wear or talent. Chloe chose to do casual wear.

When the moment came to crown a winner, Chloe was surprised and thrilled to win.

“I was pretty shocked,” she said. “It was my first crown.”

Stacy was also thrilled.

“I was so happy for her because she has worked really hard,” Stacy said. “I was just elated for her because she finally won.”

Stacy said that even though it sounds strange, she is glad Chloe didn’t win her first few pageants.

“It sounds weird but looking back now, if she had won her first pageant, it wouldn’t have been so special,” she said. “She really took it more seriously. I think she learned a lot more in the experience. It taught her about setting goals.”

Chloe agreed, saying that not winning has helped her learn and grow.

“If you don’t win, you grow more as a person,” she said.

Up next, Chloe will compete in for the national title at a competition in Branson, Missouri, in the coming months.

Chloe has enjoyed participating in pageants for various reasons, mainly for the skills they have helped her hone.

“Pageants aren’t just about looking pretty,” she said. “You grow from it and you set goals. You learn skills for when you apply for jobs in the future.”

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