Who is Grace Stanke, the Miss Wisconsin nuclear engineering student and Miss America 2023 winner?

Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The “nuclear nerd” is Miss America.

Miss Wisconsin Grace Stanke, who gives herself that title in her Instagram bio as a nod to her career aspirations, was given a new title Thursday night: Miss America 2023.

Who is Grace Stanke?
She is a 20-year-old from Wausau, Wisconsin, who grew up competing in scholarship-based pageants, is an advocate for clean energy sources, and on Thursday was the 95th winner of the Miss America competition. She won the $50,000 cash scholarship that went with the title.

Stanke is a nuclear engineering student- 
She is a senior at UW-Madison and is studying to become a nuclear engineer. After a year serving as Miss Wisconsin, she plans to finish her college degree.

Of course, her Badger family had lots of support for her after her win.

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