Mimi Wood was crowned Miss Nebraska USA 2023 on February 26th, 2023, at the Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska.
Mimi grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and spent most of her childhood training and competing in dance. She started dancing at three years old and won her first National solo championship at age ten. Mimi went on to win nationals with her solo two more times throughout her dance career at ages 13 and 16. During her high school years she also was a member of the Millard North Dance Team and claimed 2nd in the nation with her teammates, along with four consecutive years of state championships with both their pom and jazz routines. Mimi originally planned to dance professionally as she was selected for representation by two of the top dance agencies in Los Angeles, however she felt her heart was pulled to stay in Nebraska for school.
After graduating high school, Mimi attended the University of Nebraska where she studied Elementary Education and danced as a Husker Scarlet. During her first year on the Husker Scarlets Dance Team, she shared the sidelines with her two older sisters, a first for Nebraska history! Throughout her four years on the team she served as head of the technique and skills committee, head of the choreography committee, captain, and was the first Husker Scarlet to be named First Team All-Big Ten. In 2021, Mimi graduated with a bachelor of science in Education and Human Sciences.
Mimi’s ultimate goal is to make a difference in children’s lives as her dance coach did for her as a young girl. In strides towards that goal, Mimi founded her nonprofit, Project Believe and Achieve that helps children to unlock their potential through confidence building. In fall of 2022 Mimi became an advisory board member for the YMCA and is using her position to advocate for Nebraska’s youth.
Today, Mimi is continuing to expand her nonprofit and aims to implement her program, Dance and Develop, in YMCAs throughout Nebraska and neighboring states. Mimi is sharing her passion for dance as a therapeutic outlet that benefits children mentally and physically. Mimi works in business development and sales at a technology startup and is entering her fourth season as a competitive dance coach in Omaha.
Mimi competed in her first pageant on the Miss Nebraska USA stage in 2020, where she placed 3rd RU and won the swimsuit award. She returned in 2021 to place 1st RU and overall in gown, and was 2nd RU and overall in gown in 2022 before being crowned the following year. She continued to come back because not only does she love to have a goal to work for, but she felt each year she grew significantly in regards to her confidence, maturity, communication skills, leadership skills, and her desire to impact others. Her perseverance paid off in 2023 when she was crowned Miss Nebraska USA and won the overall swimsuit award.
In her free time, Mimi enjoys spending time with her family. Her parents and siblings have been her biggest supporters throughout her life, and she is extremely grateful for them. Mimi’s mom Christi is one of her best friends. Christi spent over a decade designing dance costumes, so when Mimi began competing in pageants, they became a mother-daughter designing duo and together they designed nearly all of her pageant wardrobe the last four years.
Throughout her reign Mimi hopes to help children to recognize that they can accomplish any goal they set their minds to and to advocate for adults to invest in younger generations through providing the necessary support and resources needed for their success.
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