Youngest Miss America Chosen in 2011

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Here comes the new Miss America, and the youngest of them all since 1921!

Teresa Scanlan

The age record of the contestants for the title of Miss America was broken down as it was taken by the 17-year-old high school graduate Teresa Scanlan. She was also the youngest among the 53 women competing in the pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Scanlan graced the 90th anniversary of the pageant by her piano rendition of White Water Chopsticks before she was handed the title by the seven judges, with Joy Behar of The View and Tony Dovolani of Dancing with the Stars among those who appreciated her performance. She confessed that she had been afraid that the judges might decide that she is too young to handle the title and the duties and set out to change their minds about it… successfully.

Of the most notable contestants left behind are Miss Delaware Tony Dovolani, as beautiful as she is hairless, being victim to alopecia areata, and Miss Arizona Katy Bulkley, remembered for dedicating her song to her college mentor U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Scanlan, who hails from Gering, Neb., received the crown, together with the sash and the tiara, from the hands of the previous Miss America Caressa Cameron.

Should Scanlan prove unable to step in Miss America’s shoes, the crown will go on to the first runner up Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady.

Miss Nebraska, who ended up Miss America, will turn 18 in three weeks. She is a blonde with a flashing smile, has no boyfriend, and means to enter law school as the first stage of becoming a politician. Patrick Henry College in Virginia was named as the college of her choice.

Having a friend with a heavy bulimia problem, Scanlan intends to draw more public attention to eating disorders as one of the plans for her reigning span.

Source of the image: Blog.beliefnet.

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