(SD)-Yankton Girl Crowned Miss SD Outstanding Teen
BROOKINGS, S.D. -The 73rd Miss South Dakota will be crowned tonight at South Dakota State University. This is the first year in Brookings for the pageant, which had been in Hot Springs since its start.
There are 16 contestants vying for the title as well as at least $9,500 in scholarship money and the chance to represent South Dakota this September in the Miss America Pageant.
Friday night, 16-year old Payton Steffensen of Yankton was crowned Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen in conjunction with the older pageant. She will now represent South Dakota at the 2019 Miss America's Outstanding Teen Competition in Orlando, Florida July 23-25.
Steffensen, Miss Siouxland's Outstanding Teen and a student at Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School, received $2,450 in scholarships for winning not only the crown, but also 3 individual categories.
She was the talent winner for a dance to “Model Behavior” from the musical “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," claimed the overall private interview, and tied for 1st in the on-stage interview award.
Her platform issue is Project TWC: Together We Can.
1st-runner-up was Breanna Bossman of Humboldt, who also won the patriotic scholarship, while Laney Titze of Mitchell was 2nd-Runner-up. 3rd Runner-up was Kate Dailey of Mitchell, who was also the top Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser, with Anna Calhoon of Chancellor the 4th Runner-Up.
Miss Jacks’ Outstanding Teen, Madeline Schuelke of Groton, was Miss Congeniality andMiss Mitchell’s Outstanding Teen, Afton Riggs of Sioux Falls, was the Fan Favorite award winner.
In the Miss pageant, Miss State Fair Amber Hulse of Hot Springs followed up her Thursday win in the preliminary round Onstage Interview, a new competition where candidates face questions live on-stage from a three-person panel, by winning the Friday talent event.
Miss Rolling Plains Annie Woodmansey, the Thursday talent winner, matched Hulse by claiming the Friday Onstage Interview.
Talent accounts for half of the judges' points with the private interview with judges worth 20% and both the on-stage interview and evening wear/social impact both at 15%. The swimsuit contest is no longer part of the Miss America program
: Individual contestant photos from both pageants are available at: http://bit.ly/MissSD2019
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