Miss Nebraska is New Miss America
A 17-year-old high school student from Nebraska was crowned the new Miss America on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan defeated 52 other contestants for the title on the way to becoming the youngest winner of the prestigious pageant since 1993, when the minimum age limit was changed from 18 to 17. Scanlan, a high school student in her native Gering, played the piano during the talent presentation. According to the Miss America official website, Scanlan plans to enter law school and become a judge and a politician in the future.
Scanlan was joined in the final five by Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady, Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier, Miss Oklahoma Emoly West, and Miss Washington Jacquie Brown. Scanlan succeeded Miss Virginia Caressa Cameron, who won the title last year and is now the National Goodwill Ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network, according to CNN.
This year’s pageant was the 90th anniversary of Miss America, whose first winner, Margaret Gorman, was crowned in 1921.