Miss South Dakota

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss South Dakota USA.
Mary Harum (Mary Hart), Miss South Dakota 1970

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


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2016 Julia Olson[1] Sioux Falls 23 Miss Missouri Valley Vocal Contestant at National Sweetheart 2015
2015 Autumn Simunek[2] Hot Springs 22 Miss Oahe Vocal "Glitter and Be Gay" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012, Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2007
2014 Meridith Gould[3][4] Sioux Falls 19 Miss Lake Alvin Lyrical Dance "You Raise Me Up" Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2012,[5] Later Miss Minnesota USA 2017
2013 Tessa Dee[6][7] Mitchell 22 Miss Gold Rush Gymnastics Dancing "Bad" Later Miss South Dakota USA 2017
2012 Calista Kirby[8][9] Brookings 23 Miss Rushmore Tumbling "Hot Honey Rag" from Chicago
2011 Anna Simpson[10][11] Rapid City 21 Miss Rolling Plains Piano "Theme from Pirates of the Caribbean"
2010 Loren Vaillancourt Huron 20 Miss Hub City Gymnastics/Dance "Cinema Italiano" from Nine
2009 Morgan Peck Sioux Falls 20 Miss USD Vocal "My Simple Christmas Wish"
2008 Alexandra Hoffman Eureka 20 Miss South Dakota State University Vocal "Even Now" Top 15 Received a "golden sash" and was voted into the top 15 by the American viewing public, Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2006, Sister of Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2008
2007 Kate Wismer Britton 22 Miss South Dakota State Fair Classical Vocal "The Doll Song" from The Tales of Hoffmann
2006 Callee Bauman Huron 21 Miss South Dakota State University Vocal "Journey to the Past" Miss Congeniality Top 3 finalist
2005 Nikki Grandpre Pierre 23 Miss Sioux Empire Vocal "Shy" from Once Upon a Mattress Contestant at National Sweetheart 2003
2004 Kyra Korver Mitchell 23 Miss Black Hills Gold Classical Vocal "Time to Say Goodbye"
2003 Sara Seever Custer 21 Miss Rushmore Vocal / Dance "The Music And the Mirror" from A Chorus Line
2002 Vanessa Short Bull Rapid City 23 Miss State Fair Ballet en Pointe "The Dying Swan" Miss South Dakota USA 2000
2001 Alecia Zuehlke Britton 23 Miss Great Plains Piano "My Tribute" by Andraé Crouch
2000 Nicole Nigg Sisseton 24 Miss Western Plains Vocal "When I Look At You" from The Scarlet Pimpernel
1999 Trisha Haroldson Bruce 22 Miss Dakota Rose Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus
1998 Sara Frankenstein Tulare 23 Miss Heartland Vocal "In His Eyes" from Jekyll & Hyde Non-finalist Talent Award
1997 Shantel Swedlund Arlington 24 Miss State Fair Jazz Alto Saxophone Solo
1996 Stephanie Camp Rapid City 20 Miss State Fair Vocal "I Am Changing"
1995 Kimberlee McKay Belle Fourche 22 Miss University of South Dakota Flute Solo "Carmen Fantasy" Allman Medical Scholarship
1994 Kristi Bauer Brookings 23 Miss State Fair Interpretive Ballet
1993 Angela Casey Rapid City 24 Miss Rushmore Popular Vocal Allman Medical Scholarship
1992 Leslie Saunders Dakota Dunes 21 Miss East River Classical Vocal "O Mio Fernando" from La Favorita
1991 Melissa Brown Rapid City 22 Miss Rapid City Vocal "Crazy"
1990 Jennifer Palmquist Wilmot 21 Miss State Fair Dramatic Monologue
1989 Dawn Strunk Irene 20 Miss Sioux Empire Piano Solo
1988 Kathryn Barnes Sioux Falls 22 Miss Sioux Falls Vocal "Miss Celie's Blues" from The Color Purple
1987 Najla Ghazi Brookings 19 Miss South Dakota State University Oral Interpretations
1986 Julie Hedin Watertown 21 Miss South Dakota State University Flute Solo
1985 Amy DeHeer Hot Springs 21 Miss State Fair Vocal "Who Will Buy?" from Oliver!
1984 Debra Cleveland Madison 19 Miss State Fair Classical Piano Solo
1983 LaRonda Lundin Revillo 20 Miss South Dakota State University Classical Piano "Polichinelle" by Sergei Rachmaninoff
1982 Tara Meyerink Platte 19 Miss Mitchell Classical Piano "Beethoven's Sonata No. 6, Opus 10"
1981 Pennisue Largent Hot Springs 22 Miss Hot Springs Vocal & Jazz Dance "Misty"
1980 Carol Barnett Sioux Falls 18 Miss Sioux Falls Vocal "Money Tree" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1979 Julie Kleinsasser Freeman 19 Miss State Fair Popular Vocal "Cry" Non-finalist Talent Award Miss SD Nat'l Teenager 1976, Mrs SD 1996
1978 Jennifer Holt Mitchell 20 Miss Mitchell Vocal "Spanish Rose"
1977 Karen Janousek Rapid City 22 Miss Rapid City Classical Piano "Prelude in C Minor" Non-finalist Talent Award
1976 Beth Guthmiller Tripp 21 Miss South Dakota State University/Brookings Vocal "My Tribute" Younger sister of Miss South Dakota 1974 Barbara Guthmiller
1975 Gina Campbell Canton 21 Miss University of South Dakota Vocal "Listen to a Country Song"
1974 Barbara Guthmiller Tripp 21 Miss Yankton College Vocal "Summertime" Top 10 Contestant at National Sweetheart 1972, Older sister of Miss South Dakota 1976 Beth Guthmiller
1973 Gwen Resick Clark 20 Miss South Dakota State University Dramatic Skit "Aldonza" from Don Quixote
1972 Janet Hunter Madison 20 Miss Madison Classical Piano "Chopin's Scherzo No. 3"
1971 Susan Inman Hot Springs 19 Miss Hot Springs Original Dramatic Skit "Ecology" 1969 Miss South Dakota Teenager - Top 8 in Miss American Teenager Pageant
1970 Mary Harum (Mary Hart) Sioux Falls 19 Miss Sioux Falls Vocal Medley "You've Made Me So Very Happy", "Something", & "Yesterday" Top 10 Co-host of Entertainment Tonight
1969 Nancy Nickelson Belle Fourche 20 Miss Black Hills State College Folk Singing & Guitar "If I Had Wings"
1968 Ann McKay Vermillion 21 Miss Lead-Deadwood Dramatic Monologue from This Property Is Condemned Non-finalist Talent Award
1967 Sally Jo Iverson Brandon 20 Miss Sioux Falls Original Reading "Tomorrow's Game"
1966 Deborah Molitor Vermillion 19 Miss University of South Dakota Popular Vocal & Contemporary Dance
1965 Nancy Sandwick Sioux Falls 19 Miss Sioux Falls Vocal Medley "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" & "I Could Have Danced All Night"
1964 June Ann Delbridge Sioux Falls 19 Miss Sioux Falls Piano Solo
1963 Heather Ann Paterson Watertown Miss Yankton College Ballet, Soft-Shoe & Charleston Dance
1962 Charlean Fuhrman Mansfield 19 Miss Northern State Teachers College Vocal Solo & Dramatic Act
1961 Rejean Bowar Faulkton 21 Miss South Dakota State College Piano, Vocal & Narration of Original Monologue
1960 Janet Barber Britton 18 Miss Britton Dramatic Interpretation "Casual Approach to Violence"
1959 Meredith Auld Yankton 18 Vocal 1st runner-up at Miss Wool of America, Wife of Tom Brokaw
1958 Carolee Nelson Irene Drama
1957 Patricia Miller Mobridge Vocal
1956 Lois Paulson Mobridge Vocal
1955 Connie White Canistota Piano
1954 Cleo Ann Harrington Colman Classical Vocal
1953 Delores Jerde Spearfish Piano Preliminary Talent Award, Non-finalist Talent Award
1952 Sandra Hart Huron Fire Baton Twirling
1951 Marlene Rieb Parkston Baton Twirling Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Withdrew from Miss USA 1952
1950 Irene O'Connor Burbank Dramatic Monologue "Dedication of the White Armor" from Saint Joan 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1949 Carol Quinn Sioux Falls Dramatic Monologue from Pygmalion
1948 Myrna Clemenson Conde
1947 Roselyn Anderson Saint Onge Piano "'O Sole Mio"
1927 Ramona Pearl Sorensen Lemmon 18
1926 Mary Davis


  1. ^ "Julia Olson is Miss South Dakota 2016". pageantsnews.com. 
  2. ^ Nettinga, Curt (June 22, 2015). "Autumn Simunek is 2015 Miss South Dakota". Rapid City Journal. Rapid City, SD: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ Nettinga, Curt (June 23, 2014). "Meridith Gould is Miss S.D. 2014". Rapid City Journal. Rapid City, SD: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gilfillian, Trudi (July 8, 2014). "Miss South Dakota Meridith Gould". The Press of Atlantic City. Pleasantville, NJ: BH Media. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ Nettinga, Curt (June 24, 2012). "Meridith Gould is 2012 Miss S.D. Outstanding Teen". Rapid City Journal. Rapid City, SD: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Tessa Dee is Miss South Dakota 2013". Miss South Dakota Scholarship Organization. June 29, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  7. ^ Nettinga, Curt (July 2, 2013). "Tessa Dee crowned 2013 Miss S.D.". Rapid City Journal. Rapid City, SD: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ Nettinga, Curt (June 24, 2012). "Calista Kirby Crowned Miss South Dakota 2012". Rapid City Journal. Rapid City, SD: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Calista Kirby crowned Miss South Dakota". Mitchell Daily Republic. Mitchell, SD: Forum Communications. Associated Press. June 25, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  10. ^ Nettinga, Curt (June 26, 2011). "Miss South Dakota won after year away from pageant competition". Rapid City Journal. Rapid City, SD: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Simpson crowned Miss South Dakota 2011". Plainsman. Huron, SD: News Media Corporation. June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 

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