miss america 2011 teresa scanlan miss nebraska Miss America Pageant 2011: Teresa Scanlan of Nebraska is crowned 90th anniversary winnerA petite corn-fed Midwestern girl was crowned the 2011 Miss America when Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan took home the tiara during the 90th anniversary of the pageant.

At 17 years old, Teresa is the youngest pageant winner since the first winner in 1921, Margaret Gorman, who was only 15.

For her talent, Teresa performed “White Water Chopsticks” on the piano. She was the only contestant who didn’t dance or sing, so that was refreshing (though the yodeling ventriloquist Miss Arkansas was the best).

For her question, she got asked about WikiLeaks and balancing the public’s right to know versus national security. She said that national security comes before the public’s right to know, which is a good Miss America answer, especially in the literally 10 seconds they were given to answer their questions.

Congratulations to Teresa on becoming the new Miss America! If you need a recap of the pageant, check out our live blog.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."