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Posted at 07:22 PM ET, 09/03/2012

Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, moves to Loudoun County, enrolls at Patrick Henry College

Teresa Scanlan, then 17, after being crowned Miss America during the the 2011 Miss America Pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. She is now a freshman at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville. (Tom Donoghue - VIA AP IMAGES)
At 17, Teresa Scanlan of Nebraska was one of the youngest Miss America pageant winners ever. But long before that, she knew what she wanted to do with her life, and that meant enrolling at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, the 350-student Christian institute favored by home-schooling graduates.

Scanlan had to take a year off from school to administer the duties of Miss America. But now she is in Purcellville, and in an interview with Leesburg Today, Scanlan informs that even as a 7-year-old, she thought Patrick Henry was a perfect fit, with its emphasis on government and Christian values.

“I’ve always known,” Scanlan said, “that these four years here would be such a strong foundation to do whatever I wanted to do.” She said when she was growing up, “there were laws they were considering in Nebraska that would affect whether or not we were able to homeschool, so that all made me realize that what happens in Washington, D.C., no matter who you are, does impact every person.”

Scanlan, now 19, plans to attend Harvard Law School after graduating from Patrick Henry, then become a prosecutor, and then she has her sights on either Congress, the Supreme Court or the presidency. Or maybe all of them. Here is the full story from Leesburg Today.

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Categories:  Purcellville, Loudoun County | Tags:  Teresa Scanlan, Patrick Henry College

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