Grace Stanke, of Wisconsin, Student of Nuclear Engineering  Crowned Miss America 2023

She is there, a nuclear energy supporter from the Cheesehead homeland. Grace Stanke, a Miss Wisconsin, has been named Miss America 2023.

A $50,000 scholarship is being given to Stanke, a 20-year-old nuclear engineering student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, following her victory on Thursday at the Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Stanke, who is from Wausau, Wisconsin, remarked after winning, “I am just immensely honored.” “I stand up for the capable ladies. We’re not put in boxes; our goal is to alter the course of events.

The new champion, whose pageant skill is the violin, promotes a switch to nuclear energy through her “Clean Energy, Clean Future” social impact campaign.

According to Stanke’s mission statement, “America has to transition to zero-carbon energy sources, and I’m trying to make that happen by dispelling myths surrounding our most potent source of zero-carbon energy: nuclear power.” In order to close the knowledge gap between the general public and nuclear engineers, I support nuclear energy and better communication about nuclear science.


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After Terry Meeuwsen, Miss America 1973, and Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012, Stanke is the third Miss Wisconsin to win the title. Taryn Delanie Smith, Miss New York, came in first runner-up and won a $25,000 scholarship.

Miss America 2022, Emma Broyles, 21, questioned candidates on how they would handle various circumstances, such as press interviews, in the position.
Stanke promised to make it clear when a viewpoint is her own and not the groups.

Smith was asked if there should be equal remuneration for women’s sports for her “red carpet” query. According to her, WNBA players don’t demand the same money as LeBron James. They want a fair and equal percentage, according to Smith. Women should be paid what they are worth and deserve.


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Averie Bishop, Miss Texas, came in second place and received a scholarship of $20,000. Elizabeth Lynch, Miss West Virginia, came in third place and received a scholarship of $15,000. Fourth place went to Miss Georgia, Kelsey Hollis ($10,000 scholarship).

Miss New Jersey, Augostina Malleus, competed against 51 other women for the title of Miss 2023 but fell short of the top 11, which was revealed just before the competition began.

Along with Miss Illinois, who won America’s Choice award, the first round of contestants included Miss West Virginia, Nevada, New York, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Oregon, Texas, Ohio, and Indiana.

This year was the first time the Miss America contest, which has been off-network TV for two years, was only accessible via a paid webcast.

In order to access the stream, viewers had to pay Pageants Live’s $32.99 monthly subscription fee (then cancel after the pageant, unless they wanted to be charged every month).

The 100th-anniversary pageant, where Broyles became Miss America in 2022 and became the first Korean American winner and Miss Alaska, was only available to view in 2021. On the other hand, there was no subscription fee for NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service.

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The final Miss America competition to be telecast on traditional TV was the 2020 pageant, which attracted about 3.6 million viewers and was broadcast on NBC in 2019.

Attempts have been made to modernize the competition as viewership has declined over time (7 million people watched the pageant in 2015, which was televised on ABC).


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In 2018, as part of a “Miss America 2.0” makeover, the pageant eliminated the swimsuit component and shifted its emphasis to academics, STEM projects, and careers. But during the tournament, candidates continue to showcase evening wear and athletic wear.

In 1921, Miss America debuted. To maintain activity on the boardwalk after Labor Day, local businesspeople in Atlantic City planned the event.

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The Jersey pageant travelled to Las Vegas in 2005. Miss America came back to Atlantic City in 2013 because to significant financial support from New Jersey.

The pageant, which had previously been telecast in September, found a home at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut after Miss America left Atlantic City once more in 2019. The event then switched to being a December competition.

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