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Miss Wisconsin wins $2,500 talent scholarship in Miss America competition

Posted at 1:10 PM, Dec 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-14 21:32:52-05

Grace Stanke of Wausau, the current Miss Wisconsin, is making her state proud in the Miss America competition.

Tuesday night she won the $2,500 talent scholarship for her classical violin performance.

She wants everyone to know she's more than a musician:

"I want to leave the legacy of the women who can, you know," she said. "A lot of the times I get put into this box when people hear I'm a nuclear engineer, but I can do so much more. I'm a classical musician. I'm a competitive water skier. I'm a family member, a friend and an outdoorswoman who loves to go camping in the woods in the middle of the night, right."

Two Miss Wisconsins have gone on to become Miss America: Laura Koeppeler of Kenosha in 2011 and Terry Meeuwsen of De Pere in 1973.