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Unveiling the 2024 Miss America: Madison Marsh, a Trailblazing US Air Force Officer


Madison Marsh Miss America 2024
Madison Marsh Miss America 2024


In a historic moment at the 2024 Miss America pageant held in Orlando, Florida, Madison Marsh, a 22-year-old second lieutenant in the US Air Force, emerged victorious. This achievement not only marked her personal success but also made her the first active-duty Air Force officer ever to be crowned Miss America.

The Competition

The pageant, featuring fifty-one contestants representing all 50 US states and the District of Columbia, witnessed intense competition. Ellie Breaux of Texas secured the first runner-up position in this prestigious event.

Night of Triumph

After three nights of preliminary competitions, the main event commenced with 11 semi-finalists selected by preliminary judges and public votes from pageant enthusiasts across the nation.

Madison Marsh
Madison Marsh

Semi-Final Rounds

  • Fitness Showcase: A dazzling runway walk in rhinestone-embellished athleisure.
  • Hot Topics Discussion: A unique segment replacing the traditional Q&A, touching on diverse subjects like terrorism, technology, nutrition, and climate change.
  • Talent Performance: Madison Marsh's spoken-word piece on obtaining a pilot's license at 16 showcased her diverse talents.
  • Evening Gown Presentation: The finalists exuded elegance in this segment.

The Final Five

The competition narrowed down to the final five, with Madison Marsh and Ellie Breaux leading the rankings.

Final Question

The finalists addressed an additional question about their goals as Miss America. Madison highlighted her military credentials as a testament to her commitment to learning and leading "with passion."


Madison Marsh succeeded Grace Stanke of Wisconsin, the 2023 Miss America, in this esteemed role.

Miss America’s Teen Pageant

The preceding night saw 16-year-old Hanley House of North Carolina crowned as the winner in the 2024 Miss America’s Teen pageant.


Madison Marsh's victory not only brings personal triumph but also breaks barriers as the first active-duty Air Force officer to hold the title. This achievement adds a unique chapter to the legacy of Miss America.

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