In 2010, Teresa Scanlan was also Miss Southeast 2010. She then went on to win the Miss Nebraska 2010 title and the opportunity to compete for the Miss America 2011 title. She later won Miss America 2011.
When Teresa Scanlan was crowned Miss America 2011 she became the youngest woman to wear the crown in over 70 years and the very first Miss Nebraska to become Miss America.
As Miss America 2011, Teresa worked to promote the Miss America Organization and the scholarships it provides, the national platform of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and her personal platform on eating disorders, as well as serving our nation’s military and working with the USO and being an advocate for agriculture and working with The Hand That Feeds U.S. Additionally, she spent time as a spokesperson and advocate for many other organizations and causes including the Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, Youth Service America, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, the Taste of the NFL, Keep America Beautiful, Produce for Kids, Special Olympics, and more.
In 2015, Scanlan made history once again by competing for Miss World America 2015. This was the first time in pageant history that a former Miss America has competed for another title after her year of service. She ultimately placed 1st Runner-up to Miss World America 2015 Victoria Mendoza.
In 2018, Scanlan announced she had joined the Air National Guard as an Airman First Class, while continuing her education in UC Berkeley School of Law.
As the middle child of seven, Teresa was homeschooled through her junior year of high school and then graduated a year early from Scottsbluff High School in 2010. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys singing, acting, dancing, playing piano and guitar, composing songs, baking, hiking, participating in activities with her local church, and making clothes out of duct tape, among many other hobbies. She continues to travel as a motivational speaker and spokesperson and is also in the process of recording an album with composer and pianist Calvin Jones.
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