Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Miss Nebraska Wins 2011 Miss America Pageant

A 17-year-old Nebraskan win the Miss America crown, and she became the youngest winner of the Miss America crown in 90 years after beating 52 otheryoung women from across the United States
She was the youngest Miss America since the pageant’s first competition in 1921, when Margaret Gorman of the District of Columbia won at age 15.
“And I never passed up a cookie on my journey here,” Scanlan said.
On Saturday, Scanlan said age didn’t matter, though she thought she might have been an underdog because of her youth.
“We were on an even playing field,” she said. “From 17 to 24, that can be a huge age range. But with these girls, they are all at the highest level imaginable.”
Teresa Scanlan won a $50,000 scholarship and a yearlong run with the crown at the competition at the Planet Hollywood casino-resort in Las Vegas, giving the Cornhusker State its first-ever win at the pageant.
Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady won $25,000 as first runner-up, while Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier won $20,000 for third place.
Scanlan, a recent high school graduate from the western Nebraska town of Gering, planned to study American politics at Patrick Henry College in Virginia after her reign as Miss America.
She said she also hoped to attend law school, become a judge and eventually a politician.
The pageant celebrated its 90th anniversary this year.

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