Miss South Dakota

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss South Dakota USA.

The Miss South Dakota competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of South Dakota in the Miss America pageant.


YearNameHometownAgeLocal TitleMiss America TalentPlacement at Miss AmericaSpecial scholarships at Miss AmericaNotes
2014Meridith GouldSioux Falls19Miss Lake AlvinLyrical Dance, "You Raise Me Up"Previously Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2012
2013Tessa DeeMitchell22Miss Gold RushGymnastics Dancing "Bad"
2012Calista KirbyBrookings23Miss RushmoreTumbling "Hot Honey Rag" from Chicago
2011Anna SimpsonRapid City21Miss Rolling PlainsPiano "Theme from Pirates of the Caribbean"
2010Loren VaillancourtHuron20Miss Hub CityGymnastics/Dance "Cinema Italiano" from Nine
2009Morgan PeckSioux Falls20Miss USDVocal "My Simple Christmas Wish"
2008Alexandra HoffmanEureka20Miss South Dakota State UniversityVocal "Even Now"Top 15 at Miss America 2009Previously Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2006; sister of Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2008. Received a "golden sash" and was voted into the top 15 by the American viewing public
2007Kate WismerBritton22Miss South Dakota State FairClassical Vocal "The Doll Song" from The Tales of Hoffmann
2006Callee BaumanHuron21Miss South Dakota State UniversityVocal "Journey to the Past"Miss Congeniality Top 3 finalist
2005Nikki GrandprePierre23Miss Sioux EmpireVocal "Shy" from Once Upon a MattressContestant at National Sweetheart 2003
2004Kyra KorverMitchell23Miss Black Hills GoldClassical Vocal "Time to Say Goodbye"
2003Sara SeeverCuster21Miss RushmoreVocal / Dance "The Music And the Mirror" from A Chorus Line
2002Vanessa Short BullRapid City23Miss State FairBallet en Pointe "The Dying Swan"Previously Miss South Dakota USA 2000
2001Alecia ZuehlkeBritton23Miss Great PlainsPiano "My Tribute" by Andraé Crouch
2000Nicole NiggSisseton24Miss Western PlainsVocal "When I Look At You" from The Scarlet Pimpernel
1999Trisha HaroldsonBruce22Miss Dakota RoseClassical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus
1998Sara FrankensteinTulare23Miss HeartlandVocal "In His Eyes" from Jekyll & HydeNon-finalist Talent Award
1997Shantel SwedlundArlington24Miss State FairJazz Alto Saxophone Solo
1996Stephanie CampRapid City20Miss State FairVocal "I Am Changing"
1995Kimberlee McKayBelle Fourche22Miss University of South DakotaFlute Solo "Carmen Fantasy"recipient of Allman Medical Scholarship
1994Kristi BauerBrookings23Miss State FairInterpretive Ballet
1993Angela CaseyRapid City24Miss RushmorePopular Vocalrecipient of Allman Medical Scholarship
1992Leslie SaundersDakota Dunes21Miss East RiverClassical Vocal "O Mio Fernando" from La Favorita
1991Melissa BrownRapid City22Miss Rapid CityVocal "Crazy"
1990Jennifer PalmquistWilmot21Miss State FairDramatic Monologue
1989Dawn StrunkIrene20Miss Sioux EmpirePiano Solo
1988Kathryn BarnesSioux Falls22Miss Sioux FallsVocal "Miss Celie's Blues" from The Color Purple
1987Najla GhaziBrookings19Miss South Dakota State UniversityOral Interpretations
1986Julie HedinWatertown21Miss South Dakota State UniversityFlute Solo
1985Amy DeHeerHot Springs21Miss State FairVocal "Who Will Buy?" from Oliver!
1984Debra ClevelandMadison19Miss State FairClassical Piano Solo
1983LaRonda LundinRevillo20Miss South Dakota State UniversityClassical Piano "Polichinelle" by Sergei Rachmaninoff
1982Tara MeyerinkPlatte19Miss MitchellClassical Piano "Beethoven's Sonata No. 6, Opus 10"
1981Pennisue LargentHot Springs22Miss Hot SpringsVocal & Jazz Dance "Misty"
1980Carol BarnettSioux Falls18Miss Sioux FallsVocal "Money Tree"Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1979Julie KleinsasserFreeman19Miss HuronPopular Vocal "Cry"Non-finalist Talent Award
1978Jennifer HoltMitchell20Miss MitchellVocal "Spanish Rose"
1977Karen JanousekRapid City22Miss Rapid CityClassical Piano "Prelude in C Minor"Non-finalist Talent Award
1976Beth GuthmillerTripp21Miss South Dakota State University/BrookingsVocal "My Tribute"Younger sister of Miss South Dakota 1974, Barbara Guthmiller
1975Gina CampbellCanton21Miss University of South DakotaVocal "Listen to a Country Song"
1974Barbara GuthmillerTripp21Miss Yankton CollegeVocal "Summertime"Semi-finalistOlder sister of Miss South Dakota 1976, Beth Guthmiller; Competed in the 1972 National Sweetheart Pageant
1973Gwen ResickClark20Miss South Dakota State UniversityDramatic Skit "Aldonza" from Don Quixote
1972Janet HunterMadison20Miss MadisonClassical Piano "Chopin's Scherzo No. 3"
1971Susan InmanHot Springs19Miss Hot SpringsOriginal Dramatic Skit "Ecology"
1970Mary HarumSioux Falls19Miss Sioux FallsVocal Medley "You've Made Me So Very Happy" "Something" & "Yesterday"Semi-finalistCo-host of Entertainment Tonight
1969Nancy NickelsonBelle Fourche20Miss Black Hills State CollegeFolk Singing & Guitar "If I Had Wings"
1968Ann McKayVermillion21Miss Lead-DeadwoodDramatic Monologue from This Property Is CondemnedNon-finalist Talent Award
1967Sally Jo IversonBrandon20Miss Sioux FallsOriginal Reading "Tomorrow's Game"
1966Deborah MolitorVermillion19Miss University of South DakotaPopular Vocal & Contemporary Dance
1965Nancy SandwickSioux Falls19Miss Sioux FallsVocal Medley "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" & "I Could Have Danced All Night"
1964June Ann DelbridgeSioux Falls19Miss Sioux FallsPiano Solo
1963Heather Ann PatersonWatertownMiss Yankton CollegeBallet, Soft-Shoe & Charleston Dance
1962Charlean FuhrmanMansfield19Miss Northern State Teachers CollegeVocal Solo & Dramatic Act
1961Rejean BowarFaulkton21Miss South Dakota State CollegePiano, Vocal & Narration of Original Monologue
1960Janet BarberBritton18Miss BrittonDramatic Interpretation "Casual Approach to Violence"
1959Meredith AuldYankton18VocalWife of Tom Brokaw; 1st runner-up in the Miss Wool of America Pageant
1958Carolee NelsonIreneDrama
1957Patricia MillerMobridgeVocal
1956Lois PaulsonMobridgeVocal
1955Connie WhiteCanistotaPiano
1954Cleo Ann HarringtonColmanClassical Vocal
1953Delores JerdeSpearfishPianoPreliminary Talent Award, Non-finalist Talent Award
1952Sandra HartHuronFire Baton Twirling
1951Marlene RiebParkstonBaton TwirlingSemi-finalistPreliminary Swimsuit Awardwithdrew from 1952 Miss USA competition
1950Irene O'ConnorBurbankDramatic Monologue "Dedication of the White Armor" from Saint Joan1st runner-upPreliminary Talent Award
1949Carol QuinnSioux FallsDramatic Monologue from Pygmalion
1948Myrna ClemensonConde
1947Roselyn AndersonSaint OngePiano "'O Sole Mio"
1927Ramona Pearl SorensenLemmon18
1926Mary Davis


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