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New Miss America was guest at Punkin’ Chunkin’

Miss America Teresa ScanlanNewly crowned Miss America, Teresa Scanlan of Gering, NE, was in Boone County last October to attend Petersburg’s annual Punkin’ Chunkin’TM event.

Scanlan, 17, made history Saturday, Jan. 15, at the annual pageant in Las Vegas by becoming the first Nebraskan ever to wear the Miss America crown.

She had attended the Punkin’ Chunkin’TM event on Oct. 31, 2010 as Miss Nebraska. She opened the event by singing The Star Spangled Banner and addressing the crowd. She followed up by spending the afternoon signing autographs, having pictures taken with those attending, and presenting various awards.

As the new Miss America, she received a $50,000 college scholarship. She will have a busy year through next January, with personal appearances and activities nationwide.

Scanlan, a recent high school graduate, plans to study American politics at Patrick Henry College in Virginia after her reign as Miss America.

She also hopes to attend law school, become a judge and eventually a politician, according to her pageant biography.

Scanlan is the youngest Miss America since a 15-year-old was chosen in the first pageant in 1921.