Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2023: Washington’s Morgan Greco wins the crown

Morgan Greco was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2023 Friday night in Dallas, Texas.

Greco, who competed as Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teenager, is from Camas, a town near Vancouver, about 22 miles from Portland, Oregon. She performed an operatic voice during the contest. Her career goals include marketing, business and opera.

Greco’s social impact initiative, Empowerment Starts with Me, encourages young women to empower themselves through self-defense programs. Greco studies Krav Maga, a military self-defense and combat system developed in Israel in the 1950s.

Greco will receive a scholarship with the national title, as well as a one-year reign as Miss America’s Outstanding Teenager. The teen pageant – which includes segments for talent, evening dresses and stage questions – is part of the Miss America organization.

Marcelle LeBlanc, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2022, crowned her successor in the pageant finale. LeBlanc, an actress and singer from Birmingham, won the national title in July 2021, competing as Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teenager.

Birmingham’s Hailey Adams competed in the national pageant this year as Miss Alabama’s outstanding teenager, but did not make the top 11 on Friday.

Besides Greco, the top five finalists were:

  • Lauren Williams, District of Columbia, first runner-up.
  • J-Belle Kimbrell, Texas, second runner-up or third place.
  • Julia Schumacher, Minnesota, third runner-up or fourth place.
  • Dajania James, New York, fourth runner-up or fifth place.

The top 11 competitors were:

  • Saray Ringenbach, Arizona
  • Olivia DeFrank, California
  • Lauren Williams, District of Columbia
  • Rebecca Zhang, Georgia
  • Annie Dauk, Kentucky
  • Julia Schumacher, Minnesota
  • Dajania James, New York
  • Bella Brown, Oklahoma
  • J-Belle Kimbrell, Texas
  • Jocelyn Osmond, Utah
  • Morgan Greco, Washington

A total of 51 teens were in the running for 2023, competing in preliminaries on Wednesday and Thursday and finals on Friday at the Hyatt Regency Dallas’ Landmark Ballroom. All had previously been crowned in pageants in their home state or the District of Columbia.

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