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Miss Oshkosh, Miss Oshkosh Teen crowned

Miss Oshkosh 2023 and Miss Oshkosh's Teen 2023
Posted at 11:37 AM, Mar 06, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-06 12:37:41-05

OSHKOSH (NBC 26) — Taylor Swanson, a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh student, was crowned Miss Oshkosh 2023 over the weekend.

Swanson was awarded over $3,000 in scholarships for winning the highest overall interview award, the Spirit of Miss America Award and the Miss Oshkosh title.

The competition awarded almost $11,000 in scholarships thanks in part to sponsors and supporters including the Oshkosh Area Women's Association.

Majoring in psychology, Swanson chose Metal Health Mindfulness as her social impact initiative and is excited to work with the community and encourage people of all ages to discuss mental health.

Miss Oshkosh 2023 crowning

"I am ready to make my mark and presence known," Swanson said. "If you see me out and about, come say hi."

Swanson competed against five other people for the crown. Addyson Wachholz was named first runner up with Bella Vanderloop taking second runner up.

On the same night, Madelyn Rutkowsk was crowned Miss Oshkosh Teen 2023.

Ruthkowski's social impact initiative is "P.E.B.B.L.E.S." Providing Educational Building Blocks for Lower Economic Schools.

Miss Oshkosh's Teen 2023 Crowning

"I'm looking forward to spreading community awareness about schools in need here in Oshkosh," Rutkowski said. "I'd like to create a discussion on how we as a community can work with our school district to eliminate some of the inequities."

Both young women will compete at the Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Competition for the titles of Miss Wisconsin and Miss Wisconsin's Teen, June 21 to 24 at Alberta Kimball Auditorium in Oshkosh.

A full list of 2023 finalists and award winners is below.

Miss Oshkosh 2023: Taylor Swanson
Miss Oshkosh 2023 1st Runner Up: Addyson Wachholz
Miss Oshkosh 2023 2nd Runner Up: Bella Vanderloop
Miss Oshkosh's Teen 2023: Madelyn Rutkowski
Miss Highest Overall Interview: Taylor Swanson
Miss Non-Finalist Highest Overall Interview: Aryssa Wright
Miss Non-Finalist Talent: Aryssa Wright
Miss Red Carpet: Bella Vanderloop
Teen Non-Finalist Talent: Kendall Larson
Teen Non-Finalist Evening Gown and On-Stage Question: Kendall Larson
Spirit of Miss America: Taylor Swanson
Highest Ticket Sales: Addyson Wachholz
Producer’s Scholarship: Kendall Larson & Aryssa Wright