Air Force Grace: Madison Marsh, 2024 Miss America

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Madison Marsh, a 22-year-old US Air Force second lieutenant and Harvard Kennedy School master’s student, won the 2024 Miss America pageant in Orlando, Florida.

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Marsh, representing Colorado, is the first active-duty Air Force officer to ever hold the national Miss America title.

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Ellie Breaux from Texas secured the first-runner-up position in the competition.

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The pageant featured 51 contestants, representing all 50 US states and the District of Columbia.

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The event consisted of three nights of preliminary competitions before narrowing down to 11 semi-finalists, including one selected through a public vote.

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The competition comprised four rounds: a fitness showcase, a "hot topics" discussion round, a talent performance, and an evening gown presentation.

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The final rankings included Marsh as Miss America, followed by Breaux, Cydney Bridges of Indiana, Mallory Hudson of Kentucky, and Caroline Parente of Rhode Island.

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During the discussion round, Marsh addressed the topic of "drugs in America" by sharing her late mother's battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Marsh's talent performance involved a spoken-word piece focused on her achievement of obtaining a pilot's license at the age of 16.

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When questioned about her goals as Miss America, Marsh emphasized her military background as a representation of her commitment to learning and leading "with passion."

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