Grace Stanke becomes the third woman from Wisconsin to capture the Miss America crown
Since the summer of 1921, Miss America has been an iconic image within the American psyche. Much has changed over the past century, such as changes within the Miss America Competition. One thing that has never changed is the recognition of Miss America.
The Miss America Competition ventured to the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in search of the new Miss America, with fifty-one candidates prepared to prove their qualifications for the renowned title.
Following the week of Personal Interviews, On-stage Interviews, Social Impact Statements, Talent Presentations, and Red Carpet Showcases, the moment had arrived for the final live-streamed show.
With vocal support from the audience, the finalists competed once again and a Top 5 was announced. Fourth runner-up: Miss Georgia Kelsey Hollis who received a $10K scholarship, Third runner-up: Miss West Virginia Elizabeth Lynch, recipient of a $15K scholarship, and Second runner-up: Miss Texas Averie Bishop as a $20K scholarship winner.
Two finalists remained, one would be crowned Miss America 2023. Granted a $25K scholarship as First runner up was Miss New York Taryn Delanie Smith. As the crowd erupted, Grace Stanke of Wisconsin had captured the title as Miss America 2023, with earnings of over $68,000 in scholarships. For many years, the organization has been recognized as the largest scholarship provider in the world for women.
A nuclear engineering student and violinist, Miss America 2023 Grace Stanke visited with Pageantry magazine to discuss her journey to the crown, becoming only the third woman from Wisconsin to capture the crown, her goals as Miss America, and the exciting opportunities on the horizon with a new directorship recently announced.
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