Samantha Washington, Miss Nebraska Teen USA, a native of Lincoln, is 18 years old and a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she is a fashion and merchandising major with big city dreams. There she is a member and featured soloist for “Big Red Singers”, the University’s show choir. She has been a competitive dancer for 14 years and a singer for 11 years so you could say she has a love for the stage.
Due to the fact that she was adopted at the young age of 2 days, Samantha hopes to dedicate a large sum of her year as Miss Nebraska Teen USA towards adoption and foster care. Sam is also very passionate about working with those with special needs. She helped teach an adaptive music class at her high school, Lincoln East High School that brought students out of the special education department to make new friends and make music and even provided them the opportunity to perform on stage! She also coached a special needs cheer team called “Sunshine.” Her and the team were invited to perform at the Cheer World’s competition in Orlando, Florida where they appeared on ESPN.
Samantha is the daughter of former Nebraska football player and NFL player, Brian Washington who played for the Browns, Chiefs and Jets. She is also the granddaughter of Tony Messineo, owner and founder of Valentino’s Pizza. So you could say Nebraska traditions run in her family. With a passion for traveling the globe, she’s very excited to continue to travel while representing the state she loves most.
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