Teresa Scanlan is Miss Nebraska World 2015! She was also Miss Southeast 2010, Miss Nebraska 2010 and 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. Teresa is the daughter of Mark and Janie Scanlan and is from Gering, Nebraska. 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.
She has now deferred enrollment to Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, where she is set to attend in the Fall of 2012 and plans on majoring in government and then attending Harvard Law to become a criminal prosecutor. Hoping to become a judge and eventually be involved in the political arena, her highest career goals are to become President or a Supreme Court Justice. As a Christian in the political arena, she hopes to break down the stereotype of crooked and dishonest politicians, operating instead under character and integrity.
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 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. (courtesy of www.teresascanlan.com)
Teresa Scanlan Miss America 2011 to Compete at Miss World America
On January 15, 2011, the world watched as Miss Nebraska, Teresa Scanlan was crowned Miss America 2011. At only 17 years of age, Teresa made history being the youngest Miss America since 1937. Now, Teresa is ready to make headlines again as she competes in Miss World America as Miss Nebraska World. This is the first time in pageant history that a former Miss America has competed for another title after her year of service.
What This Means To The Pageant Industry
For years, pageantry has perpetuated an image of sisterhood where girls from all over the country come together to promote pageant platforms and build life-long friendships.
Despite this, there has always been an underlying elitism in the pageant world or should I say “elephant in the room,” that’s rarely ever discussed. While researching the history of pageants, I’ve noticed in the “about” section, each system discusses what makes them different from other system. Different REALLY means better.
There is an invisible hierarchy in the world of pageantry. Once you get to the top of the ranks, each system has its own credibility gained from the prize package, longevity or even whether it’s being televised. The great divide is finally about to be breached by Teresa Scanlan, as she heads to Miss World America this summer.
What To Expect
Since her reign, Teresa has remained in the public eye, adding many accomplishments to her belt. In 2012, she released a piano album with composer Calvin Jones and began her degree in government at Patrick Henry College. In 2013, she became a certified personal trainer and also started a non-profit organization along with her three sisters to support orphans in Haiti. In 2014, she won the ViSalus Vi-Model fitness award and today, she is approaching her senior year at PHC, planning on attending law school following, with the goal of pursuing criminal prosecution.
In addition, Teresa will be sponsored by The Pageant Planet, the world’s largest online pageant resource. She is definitely going to add to the growing list of extraordinary competitors this year.
Teresa Scanlan Talks About Why She Decided to Compete Again
Take a look at Teresa during Miss America 2011
Miss World America:
Owned by Christopher Wilmer, Miss World America will take place from June 29th- July 3rd in Washington D.C. This week long competition will consist of interview, fitness, runway modeling, social media and evening gown. The winner will advance to the coveted Miss World competition. The United States has sent a representative to Miss World since 1951. There has not been a national pageant in over 10 years.