Erika Etzelmiller was crowned Miss Nebraska USA on May 16, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. Erika was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. All through her four years of college, Erika was a Division 1 athlete on the University of Nebraska Cheerleading squad. During her time on the squad, she received the highest academic honor award and held the social media manager position. Currently, Erika is in her second year of dental school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. She hopes to one day open her own dental practice and is grateful to be actively working towards that goal.
Combining her passion for dentistry and her desire to serve her community, Erika began “The 400 Fund”, an organization dedicated to generating proceeds to provide Nebraska’s underserved communities with free dental care. While shadowing at the People’s City Mission Dental Clinic in college, Erika was able to witness firsthand the need across Nebraska for a clinic that offers free dental care and it is her hope that through The 400 Fund, underserved communities are able to get the funding for the necessary dental care they deserve.
Erika first stepped into pageantry when she won the title of Miss Nebraska Teen USA in 2016. Winning this title allowed her numerous opportunities and ultimately set a goal within her to one day be crowned Miss Nebraska USA.