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  • Writer's pictureTheo Penbrook

Madison Marsh, an Inspiration: Triumph and Grace at Miss America 2024


The Miss America 2024 pageant, a blend of beauty, intellect, and talent, marked a historical moment with Madison Marsh, an active-duty officer in the United States Air Force, winning the crown. Held at the Walt Disney Theater in Orlando, Florida, this event was a testament to the evolving nature of the prestigious competition.


Madison Marsh: A Profile in Courage and Achievement



  • Background: A 22-year-old Arkansas native, Madison Marsh, won the Miss

Colorado title in May 2023, propelling her to the national stage. A graduate of the USAF Academy with a degree in physics, she is currently a second lieutenant in the Air Force and a master's student at the Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on public policy​​.


  • Achievements: In addition to her academic and military pursuits, Marsh is a proactive advocate in cancer research, inspired by her mother's battle with pancreatic cancer. She founded the Whitney Marsh Foundation, aiming to advance research and early detection of the disease​​.


The Pageant's Highlights and Winners


  • Top Finalists: The top 5 finalists included Miss Rhode Island – Caroline Parente, Miss Indiana – Cydney Bridges, Miss Kentucky – Mallory Hudson, Miss Colorado – Madison Marsh, and Miss Texas – Ellie Breaux​​.

  • Scholarship Awards: Marsh, as the winner, received a $60,000 scholarship, a symbol of the pageant's commitment to empowering women through education​​.


Esteemed Judges and Hosts


  • Celebrity Judges: The panel featured Terrence J, Nikki Novak, Nancy Brinker, Susan Malzoni, David Tutera, Cynthia Bailey, Elena Cardone, and Shelley Goldstein​​.

  • Event Hosts: Laura Rutledge, Nikki Novak, and Terrance J brought their charisma and expertise to the stage, ensuring a seamless and engaging event​

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