Miss Wisconsin Grace Stanke was named Miss America 2022 on December 15, 2022, becoming the pageant’s 95th winner.
Grace Stanke, Miss Wisconsin, has been named Miss America 2023. The 20-year-old won the pageant on Thursday, becoming the 95th champion. Stanke, a UW-Madison nuclear engineering student, is the third woman from Wisconsin to win the championship. Her predecessor, Emma Broyles, the first Korean-American woman to win Miss America, crowned her.
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Stanke triumphed against 51 competitors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia in the tournament held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
According to the Miss America website, her professional goal is to provide reliable, clean, zero-carbon energy for America in a core design job using nuclear energy. She will now be able to communicate her speech during her year-long worldwide tour.
The newly elected Miss America’s award was a $50,000 scholarship. She also received $2,500 for her classical violin performance, which won her the Miss America Talent Scholarship. Miss New York Taryn Delanie Smith was the first runner-up in the pageant, followed by Miss Texas Averie Bishop, Miss West Virginia Elizabeth Lynch, and Miss Georgia Kelsey Hollis.
The top five ladies were questioned about subjects they care about. According to People magazine, Stanke voiced her delight during the segment about having opportunity to speak about important topics as Miss America.
“This organisation is represented by me as Miss America. If people ask me further questions, I can precede it by stating, ‘This isn’t the organization’s point of view, this is my personal point of view as Grace Stanke,’ and I can go on to voice it — especially when it comes to subjects like nuclear energy and so many other heated political matters “She said.
Laura Rutledge, Miss Florida 2012 and anchor of ESPN’s NFL Live and SEC Network’s SEC Nation, hosted the tournament on Thursday. Aparna Shewakramani, the star of “Indian Matchmaking,” was on the panel of judges, as was former NBA player Trevor Booker, podcast presenter Trish Regan, “Home Improvement” actor Debbe Dunning, and Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu.