The Cass County, N.D., Farm Bureau and North Dakota State University Collegiate Farm Bureau are making a splash for agriculture this week. They've booked Miss America to make an appearance Wednesday, April 4, in Fargo as part of their activities marking Food Awareness Week.
Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, will speak at 7 p.m. at an event at the at North Dakota State University's Alumni Center
Scanlan is from Gering, Neb., and advocating for agriculture is part of her platform for her year representing the Miss America pageant. She is youngest woman to wear the crown in over 70 years and the first Miss Nebraska to become Miss America.
As the middle child of seven, Teresa was homeschooled through her junior year of high school and then graduated a year early from Scottsbluff High School in 2010. She has now deferred enrollment to Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, where she is set to attend in the fall of 2012 and plans on majoring in government and then attending Harvard Law to become a criminal prosecutor. Hoping to become a judge and eventually be involved in the political arena, her highest career goals are to become President or a Supreme Court Justice. As a Christian in the political arena, she hopes to break down the stereotype of crooked and dishonest politicians, operating instead under character and integrity.
As Miss America 2011, Scanlan is working to promote the Miss America Organization and the scholarships it provides, the national platform of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and her personal platform on eating disorders, as well as serving our nation's military and working with the USO. Additionally, she spent time as a spokesperson and advocate for many other organizations and causes including The Hand That Feeds US,, the American Cancer Society, Youth Service America, National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Taste of the NFL, Keep America Beautiful, Produce for Kids and Special Olympics.