NORTH PLATTE — Miss Nebraska State Fair Mariah Cook has won the right to shorten her title to Miss Nebraska.
Cook, a senior at Chadron State College, won the Miss Nebraska 2012 title Saturday, and she will represent the state in January's Miss America pageant in Las Vegas.
Cook won the talent competition with her piano performance Friday.
Cook said she is looking forward to meeting people all across the state while serving as Miss Nebraska during the next year.
The first runner-up was Miss Omaha, Mindy Schreiber. The second runner-up was Miss Lincoln, Rachel Foehlinger.