Miss Nebraska captures 2011 Miss America Crown

LAS VEGAS — A 17–year–old aspiring politician from Nebraska captured the Miss America crown on Saturday after beating 52 other young women from across the United States.

Teresa Scanlan won a $50,000 scholarship and a yearlong run with the crown at the competition at the Planet Hollywood casino–resort in Las Vegas. This gave the Cornhusker State its first–ever win at the pageant.

Since the pageant implemented age limits in the 1930’s-she’s the youngest Miss America.

Alyse Eady, Miss Arkansas, won $25,000 as first runner-up, while Jalee Fuselier, Miss Hawaii won $20,000 for third place.

The contestants — from every state plus the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico — started the show by dancing up the aisles while wearing silver cocktail dresses.

The pageant celebrated its 90th anniversary this year.