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Nebraska's first Miss America answers questions
The Miss America pageant had been in existence for 90 years without ever having a young lady from Nebraska win the crown.
That was until Teresa Scanlan came along.
We sat down with Miss America 2011 at Kearney Cruise Nite.
What was your favorite part of being Miss America?
"I say anytime I was able to go somewhere new, anytime I was able to do something where I said, you know what? That made a difference. That made a difference for at least one person. Or that made a difference on a large scale," said Teresa Scanlan. "That was incredible to be apart of. That doesn't stop, though, after your year as Miss America. It's something that I've realized I want to do continually through everything I do. Find ways to impact other people. Find ways to make a difference on a small or large scale on anything that I do."
How about a least favorite part of being Miss America?
"Often very lonely. You travel the entire year pretty much by yourself without family, without friends," Scanlan said. "You can be very disconnected from people sometimes, and even though you're surrounded by people, you can feel so lonely. So, I think that one of the most difficult things during the year was learning to be okay with myself and learning to rely on Christ and really feeling comfortable with being by myself and alone with God, and not always needing people around me. Sometimes it's difficult to survive without that support group, without your inner circle, but I think its something that made me stronger at the end of year."
You always dreamed of becoming Miss America, right?
"When I was younger, I was not interested in anything like that," Scanlan said. "I was very turned off to the idea of any pageant, or beauty pageant, or whatever. My plan was to be an attorney, a judge, President, and a Supreme Court Justice. So competing in a pageant never crossed my mind. I was very focused on academics and my career. And yet, I realized God's plans for my life were a little different than my own. And so this came into my life and has so impacted everything I'm going to do in my life in a positive way. And it's been such a huge stepping stone for that."
So what's next for Nebraska's first and only Miss America?
"I'll just be starting college this fall, studying government," Scanlan said. "Then I'd like to go to law school, and come back here to Nebraska and go into criminal prosecution. And here in Nebraska I'd like to start running for political positions."
If you want to hear more from Teresa, including her feelings on where our political system stands today, and what she says needs to be done, log on to our You-Tube page at YouTube.com/khastv.
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