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Alyssa Howell

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Alyssa Howell
BornAlyssa Christine Howell
(1995-03-27) March 27, 1995 (age 26)
San Diego, California, U.S.
🏳️ Nationality
🏫 EducationCreighton University
💼 Occupation
TitleMiss Eastern Nebraska 2014
Miss Douglas County 2015
Miss Nebraska 2015

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Alyssa Christine Howell is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Omaha, Nebraska, who was crowned Miss Nebraska 2015. She competed for the Miss America 2016 title in September 2015 and placed in the Top 12.

Pageant career[edit]

Early titles[edit]

Howell grew up in Virginia and while a high school student contended several times for the Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen title. On January 29, 2011, she won the Miss Alexandria's Outstanding Teen 2011 title.[1][2] In September 2011, Howell was named Miss Greater Springfield's Outstanding Teen 2012.[3] She was a top-10 finalist for the 2012 state title.[4] After graduation in 2013, Howell moved to Omaha, Nebraska, to attend Creighton University.[5]

On February 1, 2014, Howell won the Miss Eastern Nebraska 2014 title.[6][5] She then competed in the 2014 Miss Nebraska pageant and was named fourth runner-up.[7]

Miss Nebraska 2015[edit]

On November 8, 2014, Howell was crowned Miss Douglas County 2015 which made her eligible to compete at the 2015 Miss Nebraska pageant.[8][9][10] Entering the state pageant in June 2015 as one of finalists, Howell's competition talent was a piano performance of an original song titled "Northern Lights", written by Elizabeth Borowsky, her piano teacher.[11][12][13] Her platform is the "Miracle Bags Program", collecting donated blankets, toys, and crayons in special tote bags and delivering them to patients at Omaha Children's Hospital.[14][11]

Howell won the competition on Saturday, June 6, 2015, when she received her crown from outgoing Miss Nebraska titleholder Megan Swanson.[15][16] She earned more than $10,000 in scholarship money from the state pageant.[15][17]

As Miss Nebraska, her activities include public appearances across the state of Nebraska, including community groups, schools, and charity events.[12][16]

Vying for Miss America 2016[edit]

Howell was Nebraska's representative at the Miss America 2016 pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September 2015.[18][13] In the televised finale on September 13, 2015, she placed in the Top 12 as a semi-finalist but was eliminated after the evening wear competition. Howell was awarded a $5,000 scholarship prize.[19][20]

Personal life and education[edit]

Howell grew up in Leesburg, Virginia, and is a 2013 graduate of Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia.[3]She is currently a resident of Omaha, Nebraska.[13] Her parents are Robert and Cathy Howell.[21][22] Howell's sister Devin is also a titleholder, having been crowned Miss River City 2007, Miss Douglas County 2008 and Miss Omaha 2009.[9][14]

Howell is a student at Creighton University where she studies elementary education.[14][15] While a student at Creighton, Howell became a member of the Pi Beta Phi international fraternity for women.[23]


  1. "Legacy". Miss Alexandria. Archived from the original on January 26, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  2. "Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2011". Miss Virginia. Archived from the original on August 5, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Worker, Andrea (April 12, 2012). "Meeting Springfield Beauty Queens". Springfield Connection. Springfield, VA: Connection Newspapers. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  4. "2012 Results". Miss Virginia. Archived from the original on May 24, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Petersen, Brandi (May 5, 2014). "The Kid Whisperer". Anchor's Away. Omaha, NE. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  6. "State Contestants: Nebraska - 2014". Miss America. 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  7. "Millard North grad takes the tiara at pageant". Omaha World-Herald. Omaha, NE: BH Media. June 10, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  8. Petersen, Brandi (November 9, 2014). "Miss Omaha, Miss Douglas County crowned". Omaha, NE: KETV. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Titleholders Past and Present". Miss Omaha/Douglas County. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  10. "Miss Douglas County Chosen Miss Nebraska". Omaha, NE: WOWT. Associated Press. June 7, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Omahan Alyssa Howell will now compete in Atlantic City". Omaha World-Herald. Omaha, NE: BH Media. June 7, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Massey, Max (June 18, 2015). "Alyssa Howell Crowned Miss Nebraska 2015". North Platte, NE: KNOP-TV. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Stephen, Kamie (June 8, 2015). "Omahan, Creighton student crowned Miss Nebraska". Omaha World-Herald. Omaha, NE: BH Media. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Petersen, Brandi (May 13, 2015). "Miracle Worker". Anchor's Away. Omaha, NE. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Seaman, Tim (June 8, 2015). "Miss Nebraska 2015 Crowned". Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Massey, Max (June 8, 2015). "Alyssa Howell Crowned Miss Nebraska 2015". North Platte, NE: KNPL-LD. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  17. "Omaha woman Alyssa Howell wins title of Miss Nebraska Saturday night". The Republic. Columbus, IN: Home News Enterprises. Associated Press. June 7, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  18. "State Contestants: Nebraska - 2015". Miss America. 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  19. "Miss America Show Scholarships 2016". Miss America. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  20. "The 2016 Miss America Competition Scholarships & Awards" (Press release). Miss America. September 16, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  21. Axtell, John (January 22, 2014). "Miss Alliance/Miss Panhandle Pageant This Saturday". Alliance, NE: KCOW. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  22. Fankhauser, Chris (January 23, 2014). "Precursor To Miss Nebraska Pageant To Be Held In Alliance". Chadron, NE: KCSR. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  23. Becque, Fran. "Sorority Women on the Road to Miss America 2016 (2015 State Winners)". Focus on Fraternity History. Retrieved June 10, 2015.

External links[edit]

Other articles of the topics Biography AND Nebraska : Wayne H. Babbitt

Other articles of the topic Biography : Balaji S. Kumar, [[:Bob Reese|Bobby Lynn "Bob" Reese]], Casey Calvert, Al-Biruni, Kristoffer Domeij, Elyse Sewell, Joe A. Guerra

Other articles of the topic Nebraska : Charles Gustave "Pat" Hall, Wayne H. Babbitt
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Megan Swanson
Miss Nebraska
Succeeded by

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