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Lt. Madison Marsh is crowned Miss America

2023 winner of Miss Colorado and Air Force officer wins national title in Miss America pageant
Skylar Whalen
Lt. Marsh wore a red gown when she was crowned Miss America.

Madison Marsh, winner of Miss Colorado in May 2023, has just claimed the title of Miss America. Marsh, 22, was crowned Sunday, Jan. 14, at the Walt Disney Theater in Orlando, Florida.

Marsh received many congratulations for this honor. On X, Governor Jared Polis wrote, “Miss Colorado has been crowned Miss America!” above an image of Marsh smiling and posing in a red dress.

The US Air Force posted, “Congratulations to our very own #Airman, 2nd Lt. Madison Marsh, aka Miss Colorado—who was just crowned @MissAmerica 2024! Marsh is the first active duty service member to ever win the title.”

Lt. Madison Marsh is in fact the first active-duty service member to ever be crowned with quite a title.

While an officer in the US Air Force, Marsh is a graduate student at Harvard University.

Once crowned, Marsh went to Instagram to share this achievement: “I’m very excited to get to represent women who can break stereotypes… You can achieve anything… If I can come from a small town, not being a part of the pageant community, step into this role, so can you.”

Lt. Marsh dedicated her victory in winning Miss America to her mother, Whitney Marsh. Maddison Marsh wrote, “To my momma – this whole year is for you… If you were in the audience last night, I know you would have been my first hug. The world is about to know your story, light and love.” In 2018, Marsh’s mother died from pancreatic cancer.

Madison Marsh is an advocate for pancreatic cancer awareness. She used the Miss America pageant as a platform to spread awareness.

For her talent, Marsh gave a monologue on her first solo flight when she was 16 and how this experience created a great impact in her life.


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Skylar Whalen, Editor-in-Chief

Skylar Whalen is a senior. She is this year's editor-in-chief. Skylar enjoys painting, singing, and playing softball. She is a huge animal lover and works with dogs outside of school. Skylar plays competitive softball and hopes to play in college. She is excited to help other writers succeed and grow. Skylar can’t wait to work with new people and produce engaging stories for the community around her. She also enjoys having the excuse to write about herself in third person and make her seem interesting.

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