Miss South Dakota

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

Mary Harum (Mary Hart), Miss South Dakota 1970

Hunter Widvey of Rapid City was crowned Miss South Dakota 2022 on June 4, 2022 at the Oscar Performing Art Center in Brookings, South Dakota. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2023 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut in December 2022.

Results summaryEdit

The following is a visual summary of the past results of Miss South Dakota titleholders at the national Miss America pageants/competitions. The year in parentheses indicates the year of the national competition during which a placement and/or award was garnered, not the year attached to the contestant's state title.


  • 1st runners-up: Irene O'Connor (1951)
  • Top 10: Marlene Rieb (1952), Mary Harum (1971), Barbara Guthmiller (1975)
  • Top 15: Alexandra Hoffman (2009)


Preliminary awardsEdit

Non-finalist awardsEdit

  • Non-finalist Talent: Delores Jerde (1954), Ann McKay (1969), Karen Janousek (1978), Julie Kleinsasser (1980), Sara Frankenstein (1999)

Other awardsEdit


  •   Declared as winner
  •   Ended as a runner-up
  •   Ended as a finalist or semi-finalist
Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2022 Hunter Widvey[1] Rapid City 23 Miss Huron Vocal, "Feelin' Good" TBA TBA Previously Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2016[2]
2021 Kaitlin O'Neill[3][4] Groton 24 Miss Dakota Plains Contemporary Dance, "Bad Guy" by Eklipse
2019–20[a] Amber Hulse[7] Hot Springs 20 Miss State Fair Piano Social Impact Initiative Scholarship Award 2nd runner-up[8]
2018 Carrie Wintle[9] Iroquois 23 Piano, "The Final Countdown" Women in Business Scholarship Award[10] Previously Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2008[11]
2017 Miranda Mack[12] Redfield 21 Miss South Dakota State University Operatic Vocal, "Habanera" from Carmen
2016 Julia Olson[13] Sioux Falls 23 Miss Missouri Valley Vocal Contestant at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
2015 Autumn Simunek[14] Hot Springs 22 Miss Oahe Vocal, "Glitter and Be Gay" Previously Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2007[15]

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012 pageant
2014 Meridith Gould[16][17] Sioux Falls 19 Miss Lake Alvin Lyrical Dance, "You Raise Me Up" Previously Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2012[18]

Later Miss Minnesota USA 2017[19]
2nd runner-up at Miss USA 2017 pageant[20]
2013 Tessa Dee[21][22] Mitchell 22 Miss Gold Rush Gymnastics Dance, "Bad" Later Miss South Dakota USA 2017
2012 Calista Kirby[23][24] Brookings 23 Miss Rushmore Tumbling, "Hot Honey Rag" from Chicago
2011 Anna Simpson[25][26] 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[27] 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 Sister of Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2008, Elizabeth Hoffman

Previously Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2006

On Miss America: Countdown to the Crown, received a "Golden Sash" during the third episode, securing a spot in the Top 15[28]
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"
2005 Nikki Grandpre[29] Pierre 23 Miss Sioux Empire Vocal, "Shy" from Once Upon a Mattress Contestant at National Sweetheart 2003 pageant
2004 Kyra Korver Mitchell 23 Miss Black Hills Gold Classical Vocal, "Con te partirò"
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" Previously 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 Alto Saxophone Current chairwoman of the Miss America Organization Board of Directors[30]
1996 Stephanie Camp Rapid City 20 Vocal, "I Am Changing"
1995 Kimberlee McKay Belle Fourche 22 Miss University of South Dakota Flute, "Carmen Fantasy" Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship
1994 Kristi Bauer Brookings 23 Miss State Fair Interpretive Ballet
1993 Angela Casey Rapid City 24 Miss Rushmore Popular Vocal Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship
1992 Leslie Saunders Dakota Dunes 21 Miss East River Classical Vocal, "O Mio Fernando" from La favorite
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
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 Flute
1985 Amy DeHeer Hot Springs 21 Miss State Fair Vocal, "Who Will Buy?" from Oliver!
1984 Debra Cleveland Madison 19 Classical Piano
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"
1979 Julie Kleinsasser Freeman 19 Miss State Fair Popular Vocal, "Cry" Non-finalist Talent Award
1978 Jennifer Holt Mitchell 20 Miss Mitchell Vocal, "Spanish Rose" Founder and lead singer of Tetes Noires band[citation needed]
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 Older sister of Miss South Dakota 1976, Beth Guthmiller

Contestant at National Sweetheart 1972 pageant
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, "Scherzo No. 3" by Chopin
1971 Susan Inman Hot Springs 19 Miss Hot Springs Original Dramatic Skit, "Ecology" Previously Miss South Dakota Teenager 1969 and top 8 in Miss American Teenager pageant
1970 Mary Harum Sioux Falls 19 Miss Sioux Falls Vocal Medley, "You've Made Me So Very Happy," "Something," & "Yesterday" Top 10 Co-host of Entertainment Tonight[citation needed]
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" from My Fair Lady
1964 June Ann Delbridge 19 Piano
1963 Heather Ann Paterson Watertown Miss Yankton College Ballet, Soft-Shoe, & Charleston Dance
1962 Charlean Fuhrman Mansfield 19 Miss Northern State Teachers College Vocal & 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 Later married news anchor, Tom Brokaw[31]
1958 Carolee Nelson Irene Drama
1957 Patricia Miller Mobridge Vocal
1956 Lois Paulson Vocal
1955 Connie White Canistota Piano
1954 Cleo Ann Harrington Colman Classical Vocal
1953 Delores Jerde Spearfish Piano Non-finalist Talent Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1952 Sandra Hart Huron Fire Baton Twirling
1951 Marlene Rieb Parkston Baton Twirling Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
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 Lea Anderson Saint Onge Piano, "'O Sole Mio"
1935-1946 No South Dakota representative at Miss America pageants
1934 No national pageant was held[32]
1933 No South Dakota representative at Miss America pageant[33]
1932 No national pageants were held[32]
1927 Ramona Pearl Sorensen Lemmon 18
1926 Mary Davis
1925 No South Dakota representative at Miss America pageants[34][35][36][37][38]


  1. ^ Titleholder extended to a second full year in 2020 after state and national pageants postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic[5][6]


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