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Miss Nebraska gearing up for Miss America pageant

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Chadron's own Mariah Cook is one of 53 finalists preparing for the battle to take the crown as Miss America 2013.

The Miss America contest is this Saturday, and early preparations are already underway in Las Vegas.

Miss Nebraska is excited for her run at the crown, and recounts watching the pageant as a young girl. "I was seven," recounts Cook, "And all I remember from that first time is just sitting down on the floor, watching these girls walk across the stage in their evening gowns and thinking how do they get to do that? Because nobody came to school asking for volunteers. Little did I that I would have the opportunity to do that later."

This is the third straight year that 'Miss Nebraska' has Panhandle ties. Last year Alliance native Kayla Batt took the stage in the Miss America contest.

And in 2011, Gering's own Teresa Scanlan became the first Nebraskan to win the contest.

The 2013 Miss America contest will air right here on KOTA Territory on Saturday night.

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