Former student posing

Mackenzie Gardner, West Haven High School Class of 2021, was recently crowned the 2023 Miss American Teen during the Miss American Coed Nationals at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

“I feel incredibly honored to carry the title of Miss American Coed for the next year!” said Mackenzie. “I felt so blessed to be able to represent Connecticut at Nationals this year but now I cannot wait to represent America and this wonderful pageant organization!

“I’m excited to start my journey as the Miss American Teen, where I get to support non-profits and community service projects all across America!”

Miss American Coed uses the fun and excitement of pageantry to teach women and girls across the country important life skills while shaping the leaders of tomorrow. They strive to create a family-friendly atmosphere where their contestants can experience the thrill of competition but leave with friendships and values that last a lifetime. They believe in natural beauty and promoting confidence in your own skin.