October 3, 2022

Miss America 2011 Crowned And She’s A Young One

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The 2011 Miss America winner is the youngest since the age rules changed in 1938

Nebraska is celebrating today with their Miss America 2011 representative being crowned the winner Saturday. Teresa Scanlan beat out 52 other pageant contestants to take home the crown in the event held in Las Vegas.

Scanlan, just 17 years old, is the youngest Miss America winner since an age limit rule was imposed on contestants back in 1938, restricting the pageant to those between 18 and 28. Prior to that, anyone could enter, and a young Marian Bergeron from Connecticut snagged the title while being only 15 years old. The age limit restrictions were further adjusted in 1993 to an age range of 17 to 24.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Miss America pageant which started in 1921 with Margaret Gorman being recognized as the first winner.

The four finalists that Scanlan beat out were Jacquie Brown from Washington, Alyse Eady from Arkansas, Oklahoma’s Emoly West, and Jalee Fuselier of Hawaii.

The pageant format has changed dramatically over it’s 90 years. Today’s competition is judged based on a rating system that evaluates talent, performances designed to show appearance and demeanor, interviews, and swimsuit along with evening wear competitions. Judges determine scores that ultimately decide who is crowned Miss America.

The winner is honored for a year during which she has opportunities to promote her platform in culture, politics and the community.