Air Force Officer Madison Marsh Makes History as First Active-Duty Miss America
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Florida, USA — In a historic moment for both the military and the Miss America pageant, 22-year-old 2nd Lieutenant Madison Marsh, an active-duty Air Force officer, claimed the coveted Miss America title on Sunday night in Florida. Marsh, also a graduate intern at Harvard Medical School, outshone 50 contestants to secure the prestigious honor.

The accomplishment not only marks Marsh’s success but also signifies a groundbreaking achievement as the first active-duty Air Force officer to be crowned Miss America. Previously holding the title of Miss Colorado, Marsh’s journey from a military career to a pageant triumph has inspired many.

The U.S. Air Force expressed their congratulations on social media, stating, “Congratulations to our very own #Airman, 2nd Lt. Madison Marsh, aka Miss Colorado – who was just crowned @MissAmerica 2024.” They lauded her achievement, recognizing her as an inspiration for countless young girls.

Mayor [City of Colorado Springs] extended his congratulations to Marsh, acknowledging her impact on aspiring individuals. “You have inspired countless girls to dream big and reach for the stars,” he stated.

Marsh, a 2023 graduate of the Air Force Academy, began her journey by winning the Miss Colorado title just days before her graduation. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, she balances her academic pursuits with a commitment to her military career.

Hailing from Arkansas, Marsh navigated through three nights of preliminary competitions, advancing as one of the 11 finalists. The final round included segments such as a discussion round, evening gown presentation, and a talent round where Marsh delivered a spoken-word piece highlighting her achievements, including obtaining her pilot’s license at 16.

During the competition, Marsh opened up about a personal tragedy—losing her mother to pancreatic cancer in 2018. In her mother’s memory, Marsh founded the Whitney Marsh Foundation to raise funds for cancer research.

As the newly crowned Miss America, Marsh expressed her enthusiasm for merging her love for pageantry and military service, aiming to inspire others to overcome limitations. She emphasized the possibility of bringing together different aspects of life to make a positive impact on others.

Ellie Breaux, representing Texas, earned the first runner-up title in the Miss America 2024 pageant.

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