News flash: Emoly West, a family friend from the great Sooner State, had a memorable night. She was selected 4th runner up in the the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas!
Congratulations to Emoly, and also congrats to Jack and Stephanie West, who were in the audience (saw ya'll on national teevee!) to cheer on their poised, telegenic daughter.
Pianist Teresa Scanlan, Miss Nebraska, is the 2011 Miss America.
In the photo: Emoly (left) and Teresa.
Update: The new Miss America is only 17 and, like Emoly, also has a faith-based homeschooling background. Teresa plans on attending conservative Patrick Henry College in Virginia.
'Nother Update: The AP notes the new Miss America's answer (which includes a reference to borders) during the Q&A period.