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Teresa Scanlan of Gering, the youngest Miss America since 1938 and the only Nebraskan to win the title, had to pull some all-nighters but she finished her first semester of college.

Scanlan goes to Patrick Henry, a private college with an Evangelical Christian basis in Virginia.

Scanlan is interested in a career in politics, the World magazine reported recently.

In a feature article, World said Scanlan was bright eyed and nervous at her first beuty pageant. She was 13 years old and wore a $12 dress from a sale at J.C. Penny’s. Her mouth was full of braces and she wore glasses -- and she won the title of Miss Scotts Bluff County.

Scanlan went on to win the title of Miss America 2011, not long after she claimed the Miss Nebraska title in North Platte during an annual competition.

Scanlan is the fourth of seven homeschooled children in a conservative Christian family. Her parents initially were skeptical of pageants, but they more they learned, the more they liked, and their daughter rocketed to success.

Once she won, Scanlan faced other challenges: She said the fame was very flattering, but it started to feel empty because people were just fans because of the title, she told the World.

She has pulled six all-nighters so far in college. She said she might have overestimated her ability and underestimated the difficulty of her courses.

If she can stay with it, Scanlan plans to attend Harvard Law School after Patrick Henry. After that, she wants to be a stay-at-home mom but work on a future political career.

She has high ambitions.

She's eying one of Nebraska's U.S. Senate seats and repeatedly tells interviewers she plans to run for president one day, the World reported.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 12/24/2012
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