Teresa Scanlan of Nebraska burst into tears as she was crowned the new Miss America, at only 17 years old, Teresa was one of the youngest competitors in the show., and the youngest Miss America in 90 years, since Margaret Gorman of the District of Columbia won at age 15. She is the first Nebraskan ever to be Miss America. For the talent portion of the competition, Teresa performed “White Water Chopped Sticks” on the piano.
Along with the Miss America crown, Miss Scanlon wins a $50,000 scholarship, and will see the entire United States in her year representing Miss America. She will travel approximately 20,000 miles each month speaking to audiences about her platform of Eating Disorders: A Generation at Risk, and acting as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In addition, Miss America 2011 will be the official spokesperson for Joseph Ribkoff International Clothing Company, who will provide Teresa with a full wardrobe for the year.
In the future, Teresa plans to attend law school, become a judge, and eventually pursue politics. When asked what her opinion was about the recent Wikileaks scandal, she said that she firmly believed the nation’s security came before a citizen’s right to know. Teresa will be a student at Patrick Henry College this year.
The first runner-up was Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady who earned a $25,000 scholarship. Her talent performance was Vocal-Ventriloquism to “I want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” and her personal platform is Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Second runner-up honors and a $20,000 scholarship were awarded to Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier. Her talent was a vocal performance to “Feelin’ Good,” and her personal platform is “Ready for the Real World.”
Miss New York Claire Buffie and Miss Delaware Kayla Martell were the winners of ABC’s America’s Choice, an online competition where the public had the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America contestant. The contestants were announced at the beginning of the Miss America broadcast and became the 12th and 13th finalists to compete in the live finale. Two contestants were voted into the Top 15 by their fellow contestants and they were Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent and Miss Oregon Stephenie Steers.
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