Miss America Teresa Scanlan: 5 Interesting Things

Cynthia Dermody
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miss america teresa scanlanTo say that Barbie won the Miss America Pageant 2011 last night might be accurate, but a little unfair. Teresa Scanlan is blond, perky, looks good in a swimsuit, and possesses mediocre musical talent -- but even Barbie dolls come in a variety of looks and personalities. I used to have the brunette athletic one when I was little.

Here are six interesting facts about Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlon that set her apart from Elyse Eady, Kayla Martell, and the rest of her competitors:

1. She doesn't like WikiLeaks.

In last night's "question and answer" portion of the competition, Scanlan was asked: "Everybody's talking about the WikilLeaks, how do we balance people's right to know with the need for government security?

To which she replied ...

"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 everyone in our borders is safe, and so we can't let things like that happen and they must be handled properly ... and I think that was the case."

2. She's the youngest Miss America ever.

She's 17, which helps to explain her semi cringe-worthy WikiLeaks answer. She's a high schooler, after all, what did you expect?

3. Her parents want her to stay single as long as possible.

Scanlan, on her blog Teresa's Travels and Tidbits, says her parents supported her involvement in pageants starting at age 13 because they knew the goal was Miss America, and contestants must be ages 17-24 and single to compete in the contest. They never figured she'd hit it the first try, though, so all bets for a late marriage are now off.

4. She doesn't care about her hair.

How else would you explain the black roots? Or is that trend coming back?

5. She's a devout Christian

She even writes her own prayers. She believes winning the contest was all in God's plan for her. A snippet from a recent one:

"Dear God, please help me to be a diligent servant not only today but from here on out. I wish to be a shining light for you, a glowing example of who you are, and a grain of salt in a tasteless world. Whether or not this is achieved through a position, crown, title, or job, please place me exactly where you need me to be an effective ambassador for you."

Did you watch the pageant? Was she the best choice for the top spot?

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