Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan Crowned Miss America 2011

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Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan was crowned Miss America 2011, becoming the youngest to win the pageant at age 17.

Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan beat out 52 other contestants to be crowned 2011 Miss America, winning a $50,000 scholarship at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Teresa says she plans to go to law school and wants to become a politician in the future to “stand up for what’s right, stand up for integrity and honesty.

“At this point, attorneys and politicians are looked down on and have terrible reputations for being greedy and power hungry and I really think it’s important for people who have their heart and mind in the right place get into those powerful positions,” Scanlan stated.

Scanlan spoke out on Saturday evening about the WikiLeaks scandal:

“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 said.

Scanlan beat out Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady, who was first runner-up and Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier, who placed third in the pageant.

Here’s Teresa Scanlan’s big moment:

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