Ms. of America 2023

    Claire Kirsch

Claire Kirsch was selected as Ms of Pennsylvania in July 2022. She then competed at the National Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2023 where she was crowned Ms of America 2023. Born and raised in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Claire currently resides in Central Pennsylvania where she works in social services as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Claire is a 2018 and 2021 graduate of Mount Aloysius College, where she pursued a bachelor of arts in psychology with a specialization in counseling and minors in choral performance and expressive arts, and her master of science in community counseling.

Claire enjoys volunteering with local theatre organizations and working on personal/professional development. Claire currently manages The Hope Connection, a program focused on bridging the gap between the general public and mental health services. The Hope Connection was founded by Claire in 2013 as her Girl Scout Gold Award. Claire has since provided psychoeducation on a national level and continued to share the message of hope.

Claire initially discovered American Pageants in 2010, when it was the Miss Teen of America program. Claire participated in the Miss Teen of Pennsylvania pageant in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Claire returned to the stage as Miss of Pennsylvania in 2021 for American Pageants Nationals, where she was awarded the Warren Alexander Award and Spirit of American Pageants Award. Claire loves the message of American Pageants and the Accent on Achievement the organization provides to young women. She is truly grateful for the role American Pageants has played in her life and the positive impact the women of AP have on their communities.

Claire has completed over 150 hours of community service over the past year, supporting organizations across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. The Church of The Ressurection Northern Indiana County, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Baby University, and the Altoona Community Theatre are a few of the organizations impacted by Claire’s community involvement. As the new Ms of America, Claire is excited to expand her platform and service from a tristate area to a national level, continuing her message of hope, and serving an amazing year with the American Pageant’s Class of 2023.

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