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Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan Age: 18

Hometown: Gering, Nebraska

Education: Scottsbluff High School Deferred Enrollment to Patrick Henry College National Platform Issue: Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan is the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Platform Issue: Eating Disorders: A Generation at Risk

Talent: Piano

Scholastic Ambition: To attend law school

Scholastic Honors: High School Salutatorian; National Honor Roll; President’s Education Awards Program participant Career Ambition: To become a judge, and eventually a politician


National Media Coverage Since being crowned Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan has appeared on numerous national and local television programs, radio stations and in online and newspaper articles across the country.

National TV Appearances The View The Wendy Williams Show Inside Edition FOX News Channel’s Fox and Friends FOX News Channel’s America’s Nightly Scoreboard NASDAQ Opening Bell: CNBC, FOX Business Network, Business News Network AP TV

Print Media Being one of the youngest Miss Americas crowned in the history of the Miss America Pageant, Teresa’s story was picked up by major news outlets, such as the Associated Press, People, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NY Daily News, and TIME Magazine. Teresa will appear on the following magazine covers: FourPoints Pageantry American Model Magazine

Additional Coverage During her post-crowning NYC media tour, Teresa participated in a SIRIUS/XM radio tour and appeared on such shows as Broadminded, Morning Jolt, and Shade 45. She was also interviewed by several members of the Foreign Press at the Foreign Press Center in NYC. Teresa celebrated her 18th birthday in Dallas at the Superbowl where she was interviewed by top sports and entertainment outlets around the country including CBS Sports, Yahoo! Sports, and Sirius/XM Radio’s The Foxxhole with Jamie Foxx. She was also featured on The Gayle King Radio Show, where she promoted IHOP’s National Pancake Day for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.


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Joseph Ribkoff is the official wardrobe sponsor for Miss America 2010. Joseph Ribkoff products are sold in specialized boutiques in 22 international markets comprising over 3000 accounts worldwide. All clothing is designed, sewn and produced in Montreal, Canada, which is a remarkable feat in today’s fashion world. Like at the very beginning, Joseph Ribkoff’s clothing line steadfastly responds to the desires of the modern woman who is seeking a style that is both refined and appropriate for all occasions. For more information, please visit www.ribkoff.com.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2011

Contacts: Sharon Pearce: 609-653-8700, ext. 117

Miss America 2011 is Crowned in Las Vegas! Las Vegas, NV - January 15, 2011 - Miss Nebraska 2010 Teresa Scanlan from Gering, Nebraska was crowned Miss America 2011 tonight at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The final night of the 90th Anniversary of the Miss America Pageant was broadcast live from Las Vegas on ABC. Teresa's triumphant walk across the stage was just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the country during her year of service as Miss America 2011. She will travel approximately 20,000 miles each month speaking to audiences about her platform of Eating Disorders: A Generation at Risk, and acting as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization. In addition, Miss America 2011 will be the official spokesperson for Joseph Ribkoff International Clothing Company, who will provide Teresa with a full wardrobe for the year. Teresa will be a student at Patrick Henry College. Her scholastic ambition is to attend law school and she ultimately hopes to become a judge and eventually a politician. Along with the title of Miss America 2011, Teresa won a $50,000 scholarship sponsored by Artistry exclusively by Amway to continue her education. For the talent portion of the competition, Teresa performed "White Water Chopped Sticks" on the piano. The first runner-up was Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady who earned a $25,000 scholarship. Her talent performance was Vocal-Ventriloquism to "I want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" and her personal platform is Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Second runner-up honors and a $20,000 scholarship were awarded to Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier. Her talent was a vocal performance to "Feelin' Good," and her personal platform is "Ready for the Real World." Miss New York Claire Buffie and Miss Delaware Kayla Martell were the winners of ABC's America's Choice, an online competition where the public had the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America contestant. The contestants were announced at the beginning of the Miss America broadcast and became the 12th and 13th finalists to compete in the live finale. Two contestants were voted into the Top 15 by their fellow contestants and they were Miss Kentucky


Djuan Trent and Miss Oregon Stephenie Steers. As the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation's leading achievement programs, the Miss America Organization last year made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. The Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs. Additional information about the Miss America Organization can be found at www.MissAmerica.org.

To download photos of tonight's crowning moment, go to www.missamerica.org. ###

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2011

Contacts: Sharon Pearce: 609-653-8700, ext. 117

The 2011 Miss America Pageant Increases Ratings by 49% on ABC! Linwood, NJ - Jan. 20, 2011 - The Miss America Organization announced today that the 2011 Miss America Pageant had a new reach of 14.6 million viewers on ABC, based on an average viewership of 6.7 million people, up 49 percent from last year. The pageant, which aired from 9 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, drew ABC's biggest non-sports audience in the timeslot since April 2009 and easily placed second to Fox for the night. The announcement of the 90th Anniversary Miss America, Teresa Scanlan, a 17-year-old from Nebraska and one of the youngest winners in the history of Miss America, kept ratings growing through the night despite the gridiron competition of two NFL Divisional Playoff games. In the first half-hour of the telecast, Miss America was in third place with 5.25 million viewers, but for the remainder of the 2-hour live telecast (tape delayed on the West Coast), the pageant held onto second place for the night, with the audience growing to 7.85 million viewers. MAO Chairman of the Board, Sam Haskell announced, “The Miss America Pageant’s return to ABC after six years on cable television was a nearly 50% audience increase over last year’s broadcast. This was an outstanding performance in terms of audience growth with the help of our wonderful partners ABC and Tony Eaton with Tall Pony Productions. We thank them for their support of this 90th anniversary show that will now mark a new era for our organization.” In addition, the 2011 Miss America Pageant was ranked 2nd in women aged 18-34! "Miss America is back and stronger than ever as witnessed by over 14 million viewers this year," said President and CEO, Art McMaster. "We're so happy that everyone tuned into see the pageant back on ABC, and we are confident that Miss America’s audience will continue to grow with our network partner, ABC!" ###


THE MISS AMERICA ORGANIZATION KEY FACTS AND FIGURES Overview •

Developed by the Miss America Organization, the Miss America program exists to provide personal and professional opportunities for young women and to promote their voices in culture, politics and the community. The program provides a forum for today's young women to express their viewpoints, talents and accomplishments to audiences during the telecast and to the public-at-large during the ensuing year. Almost all contestants have either received, or are in the process of earning, college or postgraduate degrees and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations.

To become Miss America, a contestant must first win a local competition and then compete to represent her state, a process requiring personal commitment, hard work and talent. A woman may compete at the state level more than once, but may only compete in the national Miss America competition one time. More than 12,000 women participate each year in the local and state events, culminating in the selection of 53 national finalists who vie for the Miss America title. Tens of thousands of volunteers organize the local and state preliminary competitions, promoting community involvement throughout the United States and furthering scholarship and achievement among young women in their communities.

Miss America and the state titleholders partner with numerous corporate sponsors to raise funds for civic and charitable organizations tied to their platform issues. These corporate sponsors become involved with the Miss America program not only on a financial level, but also on both philosophical and personal levels.

General Background •

Rich in history and social significance, the Miss America Organization is a not-for-profit organization that has maintained a tradition for many decades of empowering American women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence.

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.


Community Service •

In the 1940s, the Organization enlisted the support of the national Jaycees Organization to assist with state and local competitions, giving them a decidedly community-service oriented focus.

In 1989, the Miss America Organization founded the platform concept, which requires each contestant to choose an issue about which she cares deeply and that is of relevance to our society. Once chosen, Miss America and the state titleholders use their stature to address community-service organizations, business and civic leaders, the media and others about their platform issues. Since 1989, Miss America titleholders have appeared at thousands of public speaking engagements and charitable events to generate awareness for a variety of causes, including homelessness, HIV/AIDS prevention, domestic violence, diabetes awareness, character education, and literacy.

Each year the Organization awards a Community Service and Academic Award (1 each per state) to contestants at the state level of competition.

State and local contestants collectively participate in more than 12,000 communityservice projects each year, dedicating more than 500,000 hours and raising millions of dollars for worthy causes.

Since 2007, national, state and local contestants have raised more than $4.4 million for our national platform, Children’s Miracle Network.

Telecast •

In 1954, during the golden era of television, the Miss America competition was broadcast live for the first time. That broadcast broke viewership records of the day with 39 percent of the television audience (27 million viewers) watching the Miss America telecast.

The Miss America telecast is the fourth longest-running live event in television history. It has been broadcast live at one time or another by all three of the country's major television networks.

The Miss America Pageant celebrated its 90th Anniversary with a return to ABC starting with the 2011 Pageant.


OUR MISS AMERICAS Since the Organization’s inception in 1921, 83 women have become Miss America. There were eight years in which a new Miss America was not named, lapses due in large part to major historic world events and the introduction of the post-dating concept in September of 1950. Our Miss Americas have included: YEAR 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1933 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965

NAME Margaret Gorman* Mary Katherine Campbell* Mary Katherine Campbell* Ruth Malcomson* Fay Lanphier* Norma Smallwood* Lois Delander* Marian Bergeron* Henrietta Leaver* Rose Coyle* Bette Cooper Marilyn Meseke* Patricia Donnelly* Frances Burke Rosemary LaPlanche* Jo-Carroll Dennison Jean Bartel Venus Ramey Bess Myerson Marilyn Buferd * Barbara Walker* BeBe Shopp Jacque Mercer* Yolande Betbeze Colleen Hutchins Neva Langley Evelyn Ay* Lee Meriwether Sharon Ritchie Marian McKnight Marilyn Van Derbur Mary Ann Mobley Lynda Mead Nancy Fleming Maria Fletcher Jacquelyn Mayer Donna Axum Vonda Van Dyke

CITY/STATE Washington, DC Columbus, OH Columbus, OH Philadelphia, PA Oakland, CA Tulsa, OK Joliet, IL West Haven, CT Pittsburgh, PA Philadelphia, PA Bertrand Island, NJ Marion, OH Detroit, MI Philadelphia, PA Los Angeles, CA Tyler, TX Los Angeles, CA Washington, DC New York, NY Los Angeles, CA Memphis, TN Hopkins, MN Litchfield, AZ Mobile, AL Salt Lake City, UT Macon, GA Ephrata, PA San Francisco, CA Denver, CO Manning, SC Denver, CO Brandon, MS Natchez, MS Montague, MI Asheville, NC Sandusky, OH El Dorado, AR Phoenix, AZ


YEAR 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

NAME Deborah Bryant Jane Jayroe Debra Barnes Judith Ford Pamela Eldred Phyllis George Laurel Lea Schaefer Terry Meeuwsen Rebecca King Shirley Cothran Tawny Godin Dorothy Benham Susan Perkins Kylene Barker Cheryl Prewitt Susan Powell Elizabeth Ward Debra Maffett Vanessa Williams Suzette Charles Sharlene Wells Susan Akin Kellye Cash Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Gretchen Carlson Debbye Turner Marjorie Vincent Carolyn Sapp Leanza Cornett Kimberly Aiken Heather Whitestone Shawntel Smith Tara Holland Kate Shindle Nicole Johnson Heather French Angela Perez Baraquio Katie Harman Erika Harold Ericka Dunlap Deidre Downs Jennifer Berry Lauren Nelson Kirsten Haglund Katie Stam Caressa Cameron Teresa Scanlan

CITY/STATE Overland Park, KS Laverne, OK Pittsburg, KS Belvidere, IL West Bloomfield, MI Denton, TX Bexley, OH De Pere, WI Denver, CO Denton, TX Saratoga Springs, NY Edina, MN Columbus, OH Roanoke, VA Ackerman, MS Elk City, OK Russellville, AR Anaheim, CA Millwood, NY (9/17/83-7/23/84) Mays Landing, NJ (7/23/84-9/15/84) Salt Lake City, UT Meridian, MS Memphis, TN Monroe, MI Anoka, MN Columbia, MO Oak Park, IL Honolulu, HI Jacksonville, FL Columbia, SC Birmingham, AL Muldrow, OK Overland Park, KS Evanston, IL Virginia Beach, VA Maysville, KY Honolulu, HI Gresham, OR Urbana, IL Orlando, FL Birmingham, AL Tulsa, OK Lawton, OK Farmington Hills, MI Seymour, IN Fredericksburg, VA Gering, NE

Today, Miss America logs approximately 20,000 miles a month, changing her location every 18 - 36 hours and reaching out to support charitable and community endeavors that characterize her presentday image. *Passed Away


2011 PAGEANT SCHOLARSHIPS Miss America ............................................................................................... $50,000 First Runner-Up ............................................................................................. 25,000 Second Runner-Up ......................................................................................... 20,000 Third Runner-Up ........................................................................................... 15,000 Fourth Runner-Up .......................................................................................... 10,000 Two Finalists ($8,000 each, contestants 6-7) ................................................ 16,000 Three Finalists ($6,000 each, contestants 8-10) ............................................ 18,000 Two Semi-Finalists ($5,000 each, contestants 11-12) ................................... 10,000 Three Semi-Finalists ($4,000 each, contestants 13-15) ................................. 12,000 38 Non-Finalists ($3,000 each) .................................................................... 114,000 3 Preliminary Talent Winners ($2,000 each) ................................................... 6,000 3 Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Winners ($1,000 each) ....... 3,000 5 Non-Finalist Talent ($1,000 each) ................................................................ 5,000 Ric Ferentz Non-Finalist Interview Award ..................................................... 2,000 Miss Congeniality ............................................................................................ 2,000 Quality of Life Winner .................................................................................... 6,000 Quality of Life First Runner-Up ...................................................................... 4,000 Quality of Life Second Runner-Up .................................................................. 2,000 Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarships ..................................................... 25,000 fourpoints Award ............................................................................................. 2,000 Louanne Gamba Instrumental Award .............................................................. 1,000 Marion A. Crooker Volunteer & Community Service Award ........................ 1,000 Total Scholarships To Be Awarded at the National Level ...................$349,000

The Quality of Life scholarship is given to women who excel in their commitment to enhance the quality of life for others through volunteerism and community service, the Miss America Organization funds three Quality of Life awards with special attention to depth of service, creativity of the project and the significant effects upon the lives of others.

The Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1992. The will of Ervin Brown directed that a trust fund be created for the purpose of awarding ten $2,500 scholarships annually to specific contestants who compete in the national finals of the Miss America Pageant.

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. For more information, go to http://www.missamerica.org.


IMPORTANT DATES IN MISS AMERICA HISTORY 1921

First Miss America competition is held.

1935

Talent is added to the competition.

1945

First scholarship grant ($5,000) is awarded to Bess Myerson, the first college graduate to serve as Miss America.

1950s

The Miss America Scholarship Fund reaches over $250,000.

1954

First nationally televised Miss America telecast kicks off one of the longest-running live events in television history.

1955

Bert Parks begins his 25-year tenure as Master of Ceremonies, introducing the program’s theme song, "There She Is, Miss America."

1966

Miss America is broadcast for the first time in color.

1989

Focus on achievement comes of age, as the platform program is introduced.

1994

Heather Whitestone, who is profoundly deaf, is the first woman with a disability to become Miss America.

1995

By the 75th Anniversary of Miss America and 50th Anniversary of the Miss America Scholarship Fund, the Organization has become the world's largest provider of scholarships for young women in the world.

1996

The Miss America Organization conducts its first-ever National Day of Service by staging nearly 100 events throughout the country featuring Miss America Organization titleholders and community, government, business and education leaders.

1997

The Miss America telecast appears on ABC television for the first time since the 1950s.

2000

Miss America Organization celebrates its 80th Anniversary.

2001

The judging system at the national level is revamped in order to better reflect the goals of the Miss America Organization. In doing so, the organization is able to provide nearly $50,000 more in scholarship money at the national level.

2004

Miss America celebrates 50 years on television.

2006

Pageant moves out of Atlantic City for the first time in its 85 year history. Las Vegas hosts the Miss America Pageant which is held in January.

2007

Miss America Organization adopts the national platform, Children’s Miracle Network. Also, Miss America Organization and TLC sign a multi-year deal for telecast rights to the Miss America Pageant.

2009

Miss Puerto Rico rejoins the Miss America Program after a fifty-year absence.

2010

The Miss America Pageant returns to ABC with a multi-year deal.


THE NATIONAL JUDGING PROCESS 2011

Miss America is both a business and a culturally specific brand that transcends being just a beauty pageant. Miss America herself is a critical member of the Miss America Organization marketing team and works to advance the business of scholarship and community service for women. The Miss America judging system distinguishes Miss America via a form of Olympic scoring where each contestant competes against ONLY herself.

Preliminary Competitions Scoring The Miss America Preliminary Competitions and their weighted score values are: • • • • •

Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - 15% Evening Wear - 20% Talent - 35% Private Interview - 25% On-Stage Question – 5%

Finals Competition Scoring The scoring for the Miss America Finals Competition is weighted accordingly: • • • • • •

Composite Score - 30% (Top 15) Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - 20% (Top 15) Evening Wear - 20% (Top 10) Talent - 30% (Top 8) On-Stage Question (Top 8) Final Ballot – Each judge ranks the Top 5 contestants in the order he/she believes they should each finish. The outcome of the pageant is based solely on the point totals resulting from the final ballot.

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