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Miss America: from home school to the White House?

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 20, 2011 | 10:59 am

Carrie Prejean and Sarah Palin notwithstanding, I’m not much for beauty pageants. That being said, I’m a little late to the latest Miss America party. But it turns out that Teresa Scanlan, who was crowned last weekend, is an interesting character for this blog.

My GetReligion colleague Sarah Pulliam Bailey has filled in some of the Scanlan details here. In short, Scanlan is an evangelical Christian who was homeschooled and will be attending Patrick Henry College next year. She also has rather lofty ambitions, according to People:

The Nebraska-born beauty wants to attend law school, with dreams of someday becoming a Supreme Court Judge. From there, she has plans to set herself up at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., as president of the United States. “I certainly hope” to become president someday, she told the Las Vegas Sun. But since one can’t run for that office until the age of 35, she admits, “I’ve got another lifetime to wait.”

Not that I would expect the people at People to know this, but the U.S. Supreme Court does not have judges; it has justices. As for Scanlan’s career goals, I think law school, after college she actually ends up going, will bring her back down to earth.

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