Miss America: Teresa Scanlan Wins the Crown
Posted on Jan 16 by Tatiana under teresa-scanlan
Miss America 2011 was named last night after days of competition for scholarships and the title. Miss Nebraska, a 17-year-old Teresa Scanlan won the title. She is officially the youngest contestant to win the title since the first 1921 pageant, where a 15-year-old Margarate Gorman won before age restrictions applied.
Miss Nebraska only saw her age as something that could hinder her from winning the crown, though when interviewed about it said, “we were on an even playing field. From 17 to 24, that can be a huge age range. But with these girls, they are all at the highest level imaginable.”
Scanlan’s platform issue was about eating disorders, aptly named “Eating Disorders: A Generation at Risk.” She also displayed her goals for her future. Teresa Scanlan wants to attend law school and pursue politics.
When discussing current issues, Teresa said she regularly discussed them with her family. In the question portion of the pageant, Teresa was asked about her thoughts on the Wikileaks website.
“You know when it came to that situation, it was actually based on espionage, and when it comes to the security of our nation, we have to focus on security first and then people’s right to know, because it’s so important that everybody who’s in our borders is safe and so we can’t let things like that happen, and they must be handled properly,” she responded.
This is the first time a contestant from Nebraska has won the title of Miss America in the pageant’s history.
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