TAYLOR M. ANDERSON, 22, 
daughter of Melissa and David Anderson.

Taylor graduated from Doane College in May and is teaching general and instrumental music at Prairie Queen Elementary in the Papillion La Vista school district. Her father has served on the Aksarben Floor Committee.

The princess’s father is vice president, treasurer and chief accounting officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska. He is treasurer of the Millard Public Schools board and past president of the board of the Nebraska Association of School Boards. He is a trustee of Goodwill Industries and past board chairman. He is also a past president of the Omaha Children’s Museum board and has served on the Small Business Executive Council of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.

The princess’s mother, the former Melissa Weyant, is a management professional. She has served on the Uta Halee board and is a United Way volunteer.

SAMANTHA BERGER, 22, 
daughter of Shary and Robert Berger.

She is pursuing an MBA at the University of Denver. Her brother, Tyler, was an escort in 2011. Her parents had their first date at the 1980 Aksarben ball; her mother, the former Shary Andersen, was a countess, and her father was an escort. Her father also has served on the Floor Committee. Her aunt, then Carol Berger, was a princess in 1983. Her grandmother Barbara Loucks Berger was Aksarben queen in 1954 and later chairman of the Aksarben Women’s Ball Committee. Her grandfather Alvin B. Berger was an escort and served on the Floor Committee.

The princess’s father is a CPA at Berger and O’Toole. He serves on the board of the Omaha Public Library Foundation. He is a past president and current member of the Omaha Executive Association and serves on the quality review committee of the Nebraska Society of CPAs.

The princess’s mother, an artist, has been active in community fundraisers.

ABIGAIL ANN BRADFORD, 21, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dana C. Bradford IV.

She expects to obtain a communications degree from Texas Christian University next spring. She and sister Annie were trainbearers at previous coronations. Her other sister, Lauren, was a princess last year. Her father is an Aksarben governor and an adviser for Aksarben Future Trust; he also was an escort. Her uncles Jonathan, Duke and Shane also were escorts. Her grandmother Patricia Bradford has served on the Women’s Ball Committee, and her grandfather Dana “Woody” C. Bradford III is a past Floor Committee chairman and was an escort in 1961. In addition, her great-grandfather Dana C. Bradford II was an Aksarben councillor.

The princess’s father is executive chairman of Waitt Brands and chairman of the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority board. He is a co-chairman of Heartland 2050 and serves on the executive committee of the Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the board of Nebraska Innovation Campus.

The princess’s mother, the former Danielle Forcelli, is a TeamMates mentor, has been co-chairman of a TeamMates fundraiser and serves on the TeamMates board at Westside High School. She also serves on the Women’s Leadership Council.

The Bradfords are co-chairmen of the 2015 capital campaign of United Way of the Midlands.

MOLLY FRANCES BURKLEY, 21, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Burkley II.

She expects to graduate from Texas Christian University next spring with a nursing degree. The princess was an Aksarben page in 2001. Her older brothers — Patrick, Daniel, Bryan and Corey — were escorts. Her younger brother, Dylan, was a page. Her mother, the former Karen Thompson, was a page in 1965 and has served many roles on the Women’s Ball Committee. Her father was an escort in 1979-80 and has served on the Floor Committee. Her grandmother Mary Frances McFayden Thompson was a princess in 1951, and her great-great-great-aunt Eleanor Burkley McCarthy was Aksarben queen in 1923.

The princess’s father is president and CEO of Burkley Envelope Co. of Wahoo. The Burkleys have hosted fundraisers for the Omaha Symphony Guild and Brownell-Talbot School.

The princess’s mother is corporate secretary of Burkley Envelope. She serves on the Omaha Symphony Guild board and has been board president; she also has served on the Omaha Symphony Debutante Ball Committee. She serves on the boards of Heartland Family Service Friends, Lauritzen Gardens Guild and Sacred Heart Friends. She also serves on the Brownell-Talbot School Parents Association and has been the group’s president.

MARA ELIZABETH GOLDEN, 21, 
daughter of Candace and Todd Golden.

She is pursuing a degree in international studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

The princess’s father is an account executive at Broadridge Financial Services.

The princess’s mother, the former Candace Aldinger, is director of pharmacy at Immanuel Medical Center. She is chairman of the Heartland Family Service “Ready in 5” school readiness program and serves on the executive board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands. She has been active in fundraising for Westside Community Schools and for the American Heart Association Sweethearts Program.

LEIGH J. GUSTAFSON, 21, 
daughter of Wendy Wiseman and Dr. Gary Gustafson.

She expects to obtain a degree in political science from Cornell College next spring.

The princess’s father is associate director of the Emergency Department of Methodist Health System and director of student health at UNO.

The princess’s mother is president of Zaiss & Co. She serves on the advisory boards of the College of Business at both College of St. Mary and Bellevue University. She serves on the board of Nebraska StoryArts and was chairman of a Brownell-Talbot School gala last

year. She has been active in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Completely Kids and Omaha Performing Arts.

OLIVIA COYLE HERSHISER, 22, 
daughter of Margaret and David Hershiser.

She expects to obtain a degree in international studies from Boston College next spring. Her sister, Roslyn, was a princess in 2011.

The princess’s father is vice president and chief financial officer at Omaha Steaks. He is chairman of the St. Vincent de Paul Parish endowment investment committee and has served on the board of the West Omaha Rotary Club. He has helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society and Marian High School.

The princess’s mother, the former Margaret Coyle, is an attorney and shareholder at Koley Jessen. She is chairman of the law firm’s Employment, Labor and Benefits Practice Group and Education Law practice. She serves on the board of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. She sits on the Completely Kids board and has been board chairman. She also has been a board chairman at Marian High School and at St. Vincent de Paul School.

ANNA CHRISTINA HUPP, 22, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Hupp.

She expects to graduate from the University of Kansas with a finance degree next spring. She was an Aksarben page in 2001. Her father is an Aksarben councillor and has served on the Floor Committee.

The princess’s father, an attorney, is president of Koley Jessen. He is a member of the Omaha Business Ethics Alliance and serves on the board of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. He is an active fundraiser for United Way and the American Cancer Society. He has been chairman of the Catholic Charities of Omaha board and Skutt High board.

The volunteer work of the princess’s mother, the former Lauren Becker, has benefited the American Cancer Society, the Child Saving Institute, Marian High and the Omaha Bar Association.

The Hupps serve on the Archbishop’s Committee for Development.

JESSIE KORALESKI, 22, 
daughter of Michelle and Daniel Koraleski.

She expects to obtain a degree in communication sciences and disorders from Rockhurst University next spring.

The princess’s father is an audit partner at KPMG. He serves on the Catholic Charities finance committee, the Catholic Charities Foundation board, the finance committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands and the UNO Accounting Advisory Board. He is treasurer of Habitat for Humanity of Omaha.

The princess’s mother, the former Michelle Hutton, is governance committee chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters. She serves on the Habitat for Humanity family selection committee and is an Educate Uganda board member.

MARY CATHERINE KORALESKI, 21, 
daughter of Dr. Stephanie and John Koraleski.

She expects to obtain a communications degree from DePaul University next spring. Her father was an Aksarben scholar in his youth.

John “Jack” Koraleski is retiring as executive chairman of Union Pacific Railroad. He serves on the national advisory committee for the UNO College of Business Administration. He serves on the boards of the Methodist Hospital Foundation and Heritage Services. He is a member of the Strategic Command Consultation Committee and of the Women’s Center for Advancement advisory board.

The princess’s mother, the former Stephanie Scholtes, is CEO of A Time to Heal Foundation and is in private practice in psychology and spiritual mentoring. She is co-chairman of the Nebraska Breast Cancer Control Plan healthy lifestyles task force and serves on the advisory council of the Nebraska Breast Cancer Control Plan. She serves on the boards of Wings of Hope, Duchesne Academy and the Omaha chapter of the American Cancer Society.

MOLLY ROSE KROEGER, 21, 
daughter of Jacqueline and Terry Kroeger.

She expects to obtain a nursing degree from Xavier University next spring. Molly was a page in 2001. Her siblings were pages as well — Jake in 2009, Ellie in 2004 and Maggie in 2003. Her father is an Aksarben governor.

The princess’s father is president and CEO of BH Media and publisher of the Omaha World-Herald. He is a Creighton University trustee and chairman of the Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha. He has served as chairman of the boards of United Way of the Midlands and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and remains on both boards. He serves on the boards of the Associated Press and the Newspaper Association of America. He also has been chairman of the College of St. Mary board.

The princess’s mother, the former Jacqueline Pfeifer, is past president of the Vocal Music Parents Association and Swim Parents Association at Westside High. She is co-founder of the Omaha Conservatory of Music’s “Big Gig” fundraiser. She is a former president of the Swanson Elementary School Community Club and a longtime youth volleyball coach.

The Kroegers are the current chairs of the Tocqueville Society of the United Way of the Midlands.

LAUREN TAYLOR KRUMWIEDE, 21, 
daughter of Lisa and Matt Krumwiede.

She is a senior at Rockhurst with a major of sports management. Her brother, Matthew, was a page in 2007.

The princess’s father is senior executive manager at NCR. He is active in Christ the King Men’s Club. He also is a soccer and basketball coach for Christ the King youths, a Rainbow League softball coach and a track coach for St. Margaret Mary students.

The princess’s mother, the former Lisa Dietrich, has been a global account director at AT&T. She serves on the executive board of the Presenters — the Omaha Performing Arts guild — and on the Fashion Institute Guild’s executive board. She is past president of the Child Saving Institute Guild board and a member of the Omaha Symphony Guild board.

SARA ROSE LANG, 22, 
daughter of Molly and Joseph Lang.

She is employed by Real Art in Chicago and obtained English and communication degrees from Rockhurst this spring. She was a page in 2000, and her brother Joseph was an escort in 2013.

The princess’s father, an architect, is principal of RDG Planning & Design. He serves on the Goodwill Omaha board, the Love’s Jazz & Arts Center board and the Archdiocese Building Commission. His volunteer work has benefited Omaha By Design, Kaneko, the Omaha Children’s Museum and the Cathedral Arts Project.

The princess’s mother, the former Molly Bicak, is a research coordinator at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She was chairman of Creighton Prep’s 2015 Mom Prom and is active in the school’s moms group. She has been chairman of fundraisers for Duchesne Academy and St. Cecilia Catholic School.

NATALIE LONG, 21, 
daughter of Kim Long and Lisa and Joel Long.

She is pursuing a degree in elementary education at Northwest Missouri State University.

The princess’s father is director of communications for the Omaha World-Herald and executive director of The World-Herald’s Goodfellows charity. He serves on the executive committee of the boards of the Omaha Community Playhouse and the YMCA of Greater Omaha. He is on the boards of the First Responders Foundation and the Nebraska Sports Council. He also is a Goal Buddy for Partnership 4 Kids.

The princess’s stepmother serves on Marian High’s marketing committee and has done volunteer work benefiting Creighton Prep, Picotte Elementary and Buffett Magnet Middle School.

The princess’s mother, the former Kim Rodeen, is an actuary at Allstate Dealer Services. She has served on the Nebraska Humane Society Friends Forever board and has been co-chairman of a fundraiser for the group.

KATHRYN JOAN NICHTING, 21, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Nichting.

She expects to graduate from Marquette University next spring with a degree in marketing and information technology. Her brother, Mark, was a page in 2004.

The princess’s father is president of Planet Group. He serves on the Omaha Community Foundation board and leads its donor acquisition committee. He also serves on the advisory board of the Creighton University Heider College of Business and served on the executive committee of the college’s 2012-13 capital campaign. He has served as chairman of the Christian Urban Education Service board.

The princess’s mother, the former Janet Strain, serves on the Omaha Symphony Debutante Ball Committee and served on the executive committee of the 2013-14 Archbishop’s Capital Campaign.

The Nichtings are co-chairmen of the 2015 Archbishop’s Dinner for Education and are co-chairmen of the Creighton Prep Annual Fund. They also have been active fundraisers for Omaha Marian.

ABIGAIL PARODI, 21, 
daughter of Leah Parodi.

She expects to graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln next spring with a degree in fashion apparel and design.

Her mother, the former Leah Smith, is catering and special events manager at Sam & Louie’s in the Elkhorn area and a feature writer for Hathaway Publishing. She serves on the boards of Downtown Omaha Inc. and the Millard Business Association. She has been president of the Hope Center for Kids Guild.

MARIEL ANNE PFLUG, 22, 
daughter of Dr. John and Nancy Pflug.

She is pursuing a degree in fashion design at UNL. Her father was an Aksarben page in 1968.

The princess’s father is a physician. He takes annual surgical mission trips to countries such as Kenya. He is a volunteer physician at One World Community Health Center and volunteers with the Westside High Athletic Club.

The princess’s mother, the former Nancy Steen, works at Borsheims Fine Jewelry. She serves on the Children’s Hospital Friends board and on the Friends of Lied board. She was 2014-15 president of the Doctors’ Wives Club and has served on the Friends board of the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

KATHERINE REILLY, 21, 
daughter of Drs. Rebecca and James Reilly.

She is studying classical languages and English at Macalester College and expects to graduate next spring. Her sister, Anne, was a princess in 2013. Her mother, the former Rebecca Bohi, was a princess in 1981. Her aunt Kathy Bohi Wilson has served as Women’s Ball Committee chairman.

The princess’s father is a surgeon for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Physicians Clinic. He is a governor in the American College of Surgeons and has been the college’s state president. He has served as president of the UNMC Alumni Association and of the College of Medicine Alumni Association.

The princess’s mother is a geriatrician at Methodist Hospital and Hillcrest Hospice. She serves on the Nebraska Medical Education Fund board and Nebraska Methodist College board. Her volunteer work also benefits the youths of St. Luke United Methodist Church and the Salvation Army Winter Night Watch program.

SARAH RUTH RUSSELL, 21, 
daughter of Heather and John Russell.

She expects to obtain a family sciences degree from UNL next spring. The princess was a page in 2001. Her sister, Nicole, was a page in 2004. The princess’s mother, the former Heather Stanway, has served on the Women’s Ball Committee. Sarah’s parents were both pages — her mother in 1972, her father in 1970.

The princess’s father is director of sales, merchant retail and processors at ACI Worldwide

The princess’s mother has held many volunteer positions with Boys & Girls Clubs. She has been an active fundraiser for Girls Inc., Lauritzen Gardens and Westside Community Schools. She has helped plan Project Harmony’s Speaking of Children conference for many years.

MORGAN TAYLOR SCHUMACHER, 21, 
daughter of Ann and Mark Schumacher.

She expects to graduate from Benedictine College next spring with a nursing degree.

The princess’s father is a tax auditor for the State of Nebraska. He is active at St. Leo Catholic Church and has served on the church’s parish council.

The princess’s mother, the former Ann Taylor, is president of Immanuel Medical Center. She serves on the American Hospital Association National Governing Council. She serves on the boards of the Charles Drew Health Center, Catholic Charities, the Blair-based Memorial Community Hospital and Health System and Nebraska Spine Hospital. She is on the Marian High board and has been board chairman.

SARAH LYN SINGER, 21, 
daughter of Dr. William and Lynette Singer.

She expects to graduate from Notre Dame next spring with a degree in film, television and theater. Among her many relatives with roles in previous coronations are one queen and one king: sister Suzanne was crowned in 2010 and grandfather Walter Scott was crowned in 1988. Her other sister, Emily, was a princess in 2011. Her father was an escort and served on the Floor Committee. Her grandmother, the late Suzanne Scott, was chairman of the Women’s Ball Committee and inducted into the Court of Honor in 1998. Walter Scott was chairman of the Aksarben governors. In addition, the family of her mother, the former Lynette Loseke, was awarded the Aksarben Pioneer Farm Family Award in 1972 and was active in the Aksarben Stock Show & Rodeo. The princess’s mother has served on the rodeo’s board, and the princess’s father has been the rodeo’s medical director.

Sarah’s father is an orthopedic surgeon at Ortho-
West and vice chairman of the board of the Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital. He serves on the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation board. He is a physician on the Justin Boots Sports Medicine Team.

Sarah’s mother does sales and marketing work for Moody Girl Salsa. Her volunteer work has benefited the Omaha Children’s Museum and UNMC.

TALIA LAYNE SIMON, 21, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce A. Simon.

She is studying European history at Arizona State University and expects to graduate next spring. Her sister, Ellie, was a page in 2007.

The princess’s father is chief executive officer of Omaha Steaks. He is a trustee of Friends of Florence (Italy) and a trustee of Partnership for All Our Kids. He is the regional membership director of the Chief Executive Officers Organization and is a member of the Business Ethics Alliance.

The princess’s mother, the former Stacy Smallwood, is a trustee of Joslyn Art Museum and the Nature Conservancy and a former trustee of Brownell Talbot School. Her volunteer work has benefited Opera Omaha and the American Heart Association.

The Simons were the honorary chairmen of Brownell Talbot’s annual gala in May.

HANNAH KATHLEEN TJADEN, 21, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Francis Tjaden.

She expects to graduate from Creighton University next spring with an accounting degree. Her brother, Will, was a page in 2006, and her sister, Elizabeth, was a princess in 2005. Her mother, the former Ann Knowles, was chairman of the Women’s Ball Committee in 2013.

The princess’s father is an attorney for Koley Jessen. He has been a director of the Nebraska Community Foundation and the Catholic Charities Foundation.

The princess’s mother was vice chairman of this month’s Archbishop’s Dinner for Education and will be chairman next year. She is president of Food Bank for the Heartland Friends and is serving on the executive committee for the 2016 Creighton Prep BASH. She has served as chairman of the Omaha Symphony Debutante Ball Committee.

The Tjadens have been co-chairmen of fundraisers benefiting Duchesne Academy and Catholic Charities.

TAYLOR MICHELLE WHITE-WELCHEN, 21, 
daughter of Tiffany and Tony Welchen.

She expects to graduate from the College of William and Mary next spring with degrees in kinesiology and anthropology.

The princess’s father is a solutions management supervisor at UPS. He is president and chairman of the Omaha Small Business Network and head coach of Wings of Omaha Track Club. He has served as vice chairman and commissioner of the Omaha Housing Authority.

Tiffany White-Welchen is the behavioral health director at Charles Drew Health Center. She is a fundraising volunteer for Love’s Jazz & Arts Center and a member of the Omaha Chapter of the Links. She mentors young women through Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and she founded Daddyz Girl to assist underrepresented populations.

RYANN ERIKA WOODS, 22, 
daughter of Dr. Gail F. Baker and Mr. James McCarty.

She will obtain a theater degree from UNO in December.

The princess’s father is assistant to the senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UNO. He is active in Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

The princess’s mother is dean of UNO’s College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media as well as executive associate to the chancellor. She serves on the boards of the Omaha Community Playhouse, Opera Omaha, Marian High and the International Council of Fine Arts Deans. She is vice president of the board of the Mildred D. Brown Memorial Study Center. She has served on the board of the Omaha Summer Arts Festival.

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