Miss America crowning Dec. 15; Miss Connecticut candidates sought


The Miss America Organization is getting ready to crown the latest national title holder. Meanwhile, the Miss Connecticut organization has begun the search for the state candidate to compete at next year’s Miss America competition.

The new Miss America Emma Broyles waves to the crowd at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville as the other contestants cheer for her on Thursday night.

Miss America returns to Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Resort Casino to determine who will wear the crown next. The final competition will be held Thursday, Dec. 15. The current Miss America is Emma Broyles of Alaska.

The 51 women vying for the job of Miss America will begin their competition week on Monday, Dec. 12 with the first evening of preliminary competition followed by round two of preliminary competition on Tuesday, Dec. 13. On Wednesday, Dec. 14 there will be a celebration event in the evening and the competition will culminate with the crowning of Miss America 2023 on Thursday, Dec. 15.

“We’re delighted to be returning to our home at Mohegan Sun as we prepare to crown our next Miss America,” said Shantel Krebs, Miss America Organization board chair said in a press release. “For over 100 years, we have been committed to empowering the advocates and leaders of tomorrow. Our program provides young women the opportunity to earn scholarships, grow their networks, learn valuable life and career skills, and make a difference in their communities.”

The organization will award over $500,000 in scholarships during its Miss America competition week. The Miss America Organization awards more than $5 million in cash scholarships each year and millions more in-kind per year to the thousands of participants through national, state and local programs, said a press release from the organization. In December 2021 alone, the release said, the total cash awarded to the 51 candidates at the Miss America competition reached a historic high, totaling $435,500.

“With 74% of student loan debt in the United States carried by women, the Miss America Organization is proud to continue its long-standing tradition of providing scholarships for young women to further their education.” continued Krebs in the press release.

The Miss Connecticut Scholarship Organization has released the dates of the local competition leading to the state competition planned for April 8, 2023.

Miss Connecticut Sylvana Gonzalez, left, poses with her Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen, Peyton Troth.

The current Miss Connecticut is Sylvana Gonzalez.

Local competition dates announced:

Oct. 29- Miss Bristol

Nov. 20- Veteran Local Competition

Jan. 22- Rookie Local Competition – 1/22

The Miss Connecticut organization said in a press release the only way to compete for the title of Miss Connecticut 2023 is by winning a local competition title. There will be no at-large titles awarded this year.

Miss Connecticut also is looking for candidates to compete for its next Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen to succeed Peyton Troth.

The competition is open to young women between the ages of 13-18.

Register for a local competition. More information at missamerica.org/signup/.

If you have questions, contact Ashley M. at ashleym@missamericact.org