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 Saturday night at the Planet Hollywood casino and resort in Las Vegas. Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady won $25,000 as first runner-up, while Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier won $20,000 for third place. Miss Washington Jacquie Brown, Miss Arizona Kathryn Bulkley, Miss California Arianna Afsar, Miss Utah Christina Lowe and Miss Oregon Stephenie Denise Steers all made it at least to the final 15. It was the pageant’s 90th anniversary.