Madden Paige was crowned Miss West Virginia on Tuesday night following several nights of competition at Fairmont State Univesity in Fairmont. She will represent West Virginia at the 2015 Miss America Pageant, scheduled for September in Atlantic City.
Earlier in the week, Paige was named a preliminary winner in the talent competition. A vocalist, she entered the state pageant as Miss Southern West Virginia.
Her pageant platform is, “Silence Hides Violence: Empowering Women in Abusive Situations.” She lives in Morgantown and attends West Virginia University, where she studies television journalism. She also seeks a minor in history.
She worked as an intern for the news department at ABC, CBS, and Fox affiliate station WTRF-TV in Wheeling. She was also a and was a creative services/web intern for NBC affiliate WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh. She directed a webinar for the West Virginia Supreme Court in 2011.
Her ambition is to become a news anchor. She hopes to devote her free time to her family, and to continuing raise awareness of domestic violence.
If Paige is crowned Miss America, she will become the first West Virginia titleholder to wear the national crown. The last West Virginian to finish as a semifinalist at the Miss America Pageant was Miss West Virginia 2001 Danae DeMasi.
A new Miss America will be crowned on Sept. 14. The final night of pageantry will be broadcast live in the East Coast by the ABC television network. There will be a tape-delayed broadcast for the West Coast.
Also on Tuesday, June Braunlich was crowned Miss West Virginia’s Outstanding Teen. She will represent her state at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in July.
The teen pageant is the younger-sister competition within the Miss America Organization. Contestants are ages 13-17 years old. They compete for scholarships in interview, active wear and evening gown competitions.