Madison Marsh, a 22-year-old US Air Force officer and a master's student at Harvard Kennedy School, has been crowned as the first active-duty Air Force officer to win the Miss America 2024 title.

The pageant was held in Orlando, Florida, and Marsh was the first active-duty Air Force officer to achieve this title.

 Ellie Breaux from Texas was the first runner-up in the beauty pageant. The pageant was won by Grace Stanke of Wisconsin, who crowned Marsh.

Marsh's aspirations as Miss America were emphasized, with her military qualifications and her dedication to leadership.

She was inspired by her deceased mother, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2018, to establish the Whitney Marsh Foundation to fund cancer research.

Marsh is currently pursuing a master's degree in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School. The air force extended their congratulations to Marsh after her victory.

The US Air Force expressed their congratulations to Marsh, stating that she is the first active-duty servicemember to achieve the title.

Marsh's success as Miss Colorado was attributed to her dedication to her military education and her participation in pageants.