Grace Stanke Wins the Life-Changing Title of Miss America 2023!
UNCASVILLE, CT (December 16, 2022) – Following three action-packed nights showcasing talent, interview skills and social impact achievements, one outstanding woman was left speechless to a standing ovation as the newly crowned Miss America 2023 Grace Stanke, representing her home state as Miss Wisconsin, was awarded a $50,000 scholarship, the iconic Austrian Crystal emblazoned crown and the life changing title of Miss America 2023. Emceed by Laura Rutledge, former Miss Florida 2012 and on-air talent on ESPN and SEC Network, the final round of competition was held in front of a packed house on Thursday night at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the first Miss Wisconsin, Terry Meeuwsen, to win Miss America.
Each year, Miss America affiliates award more than $5 million dollars in cash scholarships and millions more in-kind through its national, state, and local programs. The primary function of Miss America is as a role model and advocate for young women while sharing her passion, life story, and the more than 100-year legacy of the Miss America brand.
“Being crowned Miss America 2023 is impossible to put into words – it is a dream come true and has literally changed my life in an instant,” said Grace Stanke, Miss America 2023. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to compete alongside so many inspiring, brilliant, talented women. I hope to live up to the impeccable legacy of Miss America, serving as a positive role model for women of all ages and my community. It’s been an honor to represent the great state of Wisconsin and I look forward to the opportunity to change the world through my social impact initiative Clean Energy, Cleaner Future on the national stage.”
Stanke, who earned a cumulative total $68,900 in scholarship assistance through her state and Miss America competitions, will use her national platform to continue advocating for Clean Energy, Cleaner Future. She believes that America needs to convert to zero-carbon energy sources and her social impact focuses on breaking down misconceptions surrounding nuclear power. Stanke is in her senior year at University of Wisconsin – Madison studying nuclear engineering.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as Miss America this past year,” said Emma Broyles, Miss America 2022. “Not long ago, I was in the same shoes as these 51 incredible, young women and can attest to the hard work and tireless hours they have invested, not just this week, but all year,” she said. “I wish the best to this year’s candidates, and especially to Grace Stanke, as she has clearly proven to be a strong, intelligent role model who represents the best of what young women aspire to be. I look forward to seeing all she accomplishes throughout her reign and beyond.”