Miss America 2011? It's Miss Nebraska, Teresa Scanlan
The winner of a $50,000 scholarship, she plans to go to law school and hopes to go into politics.
"At this point, attorneys and politicians are looked down on and have terrible reputations for being greedy and power hungry," the teen said, "and I really think it's important for people who have their heart and mind in the right place get into those powerful positions."
And how did she charm the judges, aside from the gown and swimsuit? She played the piano, and told judges she thinks security trumps the public's right to knowledge when it comes to leaked government information.
Scanlan is the first Miss America from Nebraska in the competition's 90 years. Her beauty queen diet? "I never passed up a cookie on my journey here," she said.
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Photo: Teresa Scanlan, Miss Nebraska, reacts after being named one of the top 15 finalists during the 2011 Miss America Pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Jan. 15, 2011, in Las Vegas. Scanlan went on to be crowned the new Miss America. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images