Teresa Scanlan

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Teresa Scanlan
Teresa Scanlan at Langley Air Force Base.jpg
Born (1993-02-06) February 6, 1993 (age 22)
Colton, California
Alma mater Gering High School
Scottsbluff High School
Patrick Henry College
Title Miss Southeast 2010
Miss Nebraska 2010
Miss America 2011
Miss Nebraska World 2015
Predecessor Caressa Cameron
Successor Laura Kaeppeler
Religion Christian
Website http://www.teresascanlan.com/

Teresa Michelle Scanlan (born February 6, 1993[1]) is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Gering, Nebraska who was named Miss Nebraska 2010, subsequently winning Miss America 2011 and becoming the youngest Miss America since Bette Cooper in 1937.[2]


Scanlan is of Croatian ancestry.[3] Her maternal grandparents, Frank and Nives Jelich (Jelić), immigrated to the United States from Ilovik, Croatia.[4][5]

Scanlan was home-schooled until her junior year of high school, before attending Gering High School part-time for half of her junior year. She graduated early from Scottsbluff High School in the spring of 2010 after taking a double load of classes throughout high school.[6] Teresa was named a Salutatorian for the Scottsbluff class of 2010. While at Scottsbluff High School, she played the lead role Sharpay Evans in Disney's High School Musical Onstage. She also participated in choir, show choir, and speech. In 2012, she enrolled as a student at Patrick Henry College.[7]

In her spare time, Teresa enjoys singing, acting, dancing, playing piano and guitar, composing songs, baking, participating in activities with her local church, and making clothes out of duct tape,[8] among many other hobbies.


Miss Nebraska

She won the title of Miss Nebraska on June 5, 2010, when she received her crown from outgoing titleholder Brittany Jeffers. Scanlan’s platform is “Eating disorders: A generation at risk.” Scanlan’s passion to combat eating disorders stems from a friend who struggled with bulimia. Scanlan did research about eating disorders for her friend and discovered how rampant it was across the nation. She hopes to educate children and adults alike as to the signs and risks of eating disorders, as well as how and where to get help for themselves or a loved one. Her competition talent is piano.[9] At 17 years of age, she is the youngest Miss Nebraska ever crowned.[10] After winning the title of Miss Nebraska, Scanlan announced that she was taking a year off from school to fulfill her duties as Miss Nebraska, and that she had deferred enrollment to Patrick Henry College until the fall of 2011.[11]

Miss America 2011

She won the Miss America title on January 15, 2011, becoming the first Miss Nebraska to win the title, the youngest winner in 74 years, and the first titleholder from Nebraska to win Miss America, Miss USA, or Miss Teen USA.[2]


  1. ^ "Teresa Scanlan: Miss Nebraska2010". Teresa Scanlan - via - Facebook. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b American Experience: Miss America
  3. ^ "At 17, Teresa Scanlan shows that Miss America can be kid’s stuff". Las Vegas Sun. January 16, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Najmlađa Miss Amerike Teresa Scanlan porijeklom je Hrvatica" (in Croatian). Novi list. 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Najmlađa Najmlađa Miss Amerike ima hrvatske korijene" (in Croatian). Večernji list. 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  6. ^ "Gering's Teresa Scanlan youngest Miss Nebraska at age 17". KNEB. June 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  7. ^ http://www.zeit.de/2012/46/USA-Evangelikale-Elite-College/seite-3
  8. ^ Simakis, Andrea (June 11, 2011). "Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011 and duct-tape fan, is celeb judge for Avon festival: Pop Diva". The Plain Dealer. 
  9. ^ "Gering lady named Miss Nebraska". North Platte Bulletin. June 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  10. ^ "Gering teenager crowned Miss Nebraska". Gering Courier. June 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  11. ^ "Miss Nebraska 2010!". Teresa's Travels and Tidbits. June 9, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Caressa Cameron
Miss America
Succeeded by
Laura Kaeppeler
Preceded by
Brittany Jeffers
Miss Nebraska
Succeeded by
Nicky Haverland