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Gov. Ricketts Urges Nebraskans to Tune In On "Hannah Huston Day"

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Taylor Gage, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1970

Mary Kay Roth, Lincoln Public Schools, 402-617-0021



A copy of the proclamation is attached.


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LINCOLN – At a ceremony today, Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation designating Monday, May 16, 2016 as Hannah Huston Day in Nebraska in honor of the Lincoln preschool teacher who has gained notoriety for her successful performances on the reality television show The Voice.  On Monday, Huston will compete for a spot in the show’s finale. 


“Throughout the competition, Hannah has been an outstanding ambassador for our state,” said Governor Pete Ricketts.  “As she takes the stage on Monday to compete for a spot in the finale, Nebraska will be rooting for her.  On Hannah Huston Day, we urge all Nebraskans to consider watching her next performance, which will determine whether she earns a spot in the finale.”


At the news conference, members of Huston’s family, fellow educators, and friends joined the Governor to celebrate her success and talk about the impact she has had on them and Nebraska.


“Thank you to Governor Ricketts for this special honor,” said Hannah's mother, Candy Huston. “It’s been a fun and exciting journey, and we are looking forward to cheering her on next week in the semifinals.  During the competition, Hannah has really felt the love and enthusiastic support of Nebraskans who have voted for her, traveled to watch the show live, and lifted her up to God in prayer.”


Huston grew up in Grand Island where she graduated from high school.  Grand Island Mayor Jeremy Jensen joined the proclamation ceremony bringing greetings from her hometown. 


“Hannah has captured the hearts and imaginations of countless Nebraskans, including my eight-year-old daughter,” said Grand Island Mayor Jensen.  “She has made her hometown proud by demonstrating for the whole country the kind of character, humility, hard work, and values which we want the next generation of Nebraskans and Americans to embody.”


For the last couple years, Huston has taught preschool, most recently at Arnold Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Arnold Elementary School Principal J.J. Wilkins and Associate Superintendent for Instruction at Lincoln Public Schools Jane Stavem attended the ceremony.


“Inside and outside of the classroom, Hannah has been a role model for her students and for aspiring artists in Nebraska and across the country,” said Arnold Elementary School Principal Wilkins.  “Since the very beginning, her school has been cheering her on.  No matter what happens next, she has a bright future ahead of her as she pursues her dreams.”


Friends of the Huston family also joined the proclamation ceremony to share their impressions.  Family friend and Lincoln entrepreneur Kent Seevers sang with Huston at her first live shows in Lincoln, and recently traveled to California to watch her perform live.


“It has been fun to watch Hannah grow as a musician as she’s advanced through the competition in the past few months,” said Kent Seevers.  “Over the past couple years, her family and friends have enjoyed her performances here in Lincoln, and it’s been really neat to watch as she’s shared her amazing talent with Nebraska and the rest of the country.”


This coming week, eight contestants will perform in the semifinals on Monday.  Four will be eliminated and four will advance to the finale.  The results show will be aired on Tuesday.  For more information about the show, please visit


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Hannah Huston Day 2016.pdf