(SD)-Amber Hulse Of Hot Springs Crowned Miss South Dakota
BROOKINGS, S.D. Hot Springs may no longer be the home of the Miss South Dakota Pageant, but for the next year it can brag of being the home of the reigning titleholder.
Amber Hulse, competing as Miss State Fair, was crowned Miss South Dakota on Saturday night in Brookings, which began this year as this pageant's new home.
Hulse, a junior majoring in political science at the University of South Dakota, will now compete for the title of Miss America this September in Atlantic City. Her platform is "Operation Overload" and she played "Inner Turmoil" on the piano for her talent.
Miss Rolling Plains Annie Woodmansey was 1st Runner-up with Carly Goodhart of Sisseton 2nd Runner-Up, Hunter Widvey of Rapid City 3rd Runner-up, and Kaitlin O'Neill of Aberdeen 4th Runner Up.
The top 5 finishers received scholarships of $9,500 for the winner, $4,500 for 1st Runner Up, $2,500 for 2nd Runner up, $1,500 for 3rd Runner Up, and $1,200 for 4th Runner Up.
Hulse and Woodmansey had swept the major awards in the 2 preliminary rounds; Hulse claiming the new Onstage Interview competition on Thursday and Talent honors on Friday with Woodmansey taking the same awards in reverse order.
The talent award brings a $1,000 scholarship with a $500 scholarship going to the onstage interview winner. Hulse also received $500 as the overall interview winner, claimed the $1,000 Miss America Community Service Award, and won the Sylvia Tannehill Kindness Award scholarship of $1,000.
Goodhart and Widvey each received a $750 STEM scholarship with Widvey also receiving the Ray Peterson "Rookie of the Year" award of $500 for being the top-placing first-time candidate.
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