Miss Contestants

People's Choice Award Online Voting!

At this year’s pageant we are holding a special online competition called the People’s Choice! We will be collecting your votes with the help of our voting partner, The Pageant Planet, for your favorite contestant for the People’s Choice in both the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA divisions. This year, the People’s Choice Winners will be guaranteed a spot as a FINALIST in the Pageant Finals! Voting will take place online and the winners of the People’s Choice for each division will be revealed during the announcement of the finalists as well as recognized during the awards portion near the end of the Pageant Finals!

Any funding raised during the People’s Choice Voting will be split between the titleholder preparation fund to cover various expenses incurred by the state pageant during the titleholders’ preparations for the national pageant, as well as the general production budget for staffing and staging of the state pageant. During this year’s pageant, if the contestant numbers dictate, it may be decided by the judging panel to allow all the state contestants to advance to the Pageant Finals. If so, the winners of the People’s Choice voting will still be announced at the start of the Pageant Finals as well as recognized during the awards portion near the end of the show.

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Miss South Dakota USA 2023 Contestants


Anna B.
Southeast South Dakota
A very special thank you to my family and friends for all your love, support, and encouragement!

Arianna G.
Rapid City
Thank you to all my friends and family. You all have shown me great support and love. I hope to share the kindness and love with everyone whom I may meet. Thank you again.

Amber H.
Black Hills
"All I am I owe to my mother." -George Washington. Thank you to my parents for letting me play in the dirt, run outside barefoot, and not to be afraid of being one of the boys. That relentless, strong-willed little girl has grown into a tenacious young woman with enough spunk and resolve to catch each & every crazy dream she has chased thus far. I am blessed and grateful for the opportunity to represent the Rushmore State once again. Wearing "South Dakota" across my chest was one of the greatest honors of my life. I am dedicated to continue serving this incredible state again as your Miss South Dakota USA. But, that service would not be possible without my team & sponsors. It takes a village & I would not be here today without you all.

Hallie M.
Minnehaha County
Thank you to my boyfriend, family, and friends for supporting me through my pageant journey. You have all been so supportive and have given me the courage to go after my dreams. I'd like to thank my boyfriend for standing by my side and being my biggest supporter, I couldn't have done it without you; along with my two puppies, Loki and Thor, for showing me unconditional love and making me smile every day! I'd also like to thank the local businesses whose generosity, support, & services have made this journey possible: 605 Painting for sponsoring this journey, Maggie Sweets Photography for fantastic photos, Megan Bertsch Beauty for photoshoot makeup, and Beauty by Tonasha for photoshoot hair! Thank you!

Lexus P.
Sioux Falls
Beyond blessed to have the most supportive parents, friends and team behind me - time to chase a dream!

Quesa R.
Being a part of this pageant means the world to me, as it gives me the chance to make a difference for all young indigenous people on my reservation. I am truly thankful to my sponsors and supporters for making this opportunity possible, and also to the other contestants for being wonderful part of this experience. I am incredibly excited to be a part of it all! Thank you!

Cathyliana S.
I want to first thank God for allowing me to have this opportunity and experience. I want to thank my mom for supporting me and for my family for encouraging me. Thank you to Maggie Sweets for sponsoring me for my official headshot photographs, and for being such an amazing friend to me. Thank you to the community of people in Sioux Falls for inspiring me to go after the goals I have. You are all amazing!

D’aija W.
Eastern South Dakota
I want to first Thank God , without him none of this would be possible for me . I want to thank my family and friends who gave me support and encouragement especially when I didn’t want to continue after losing my father may you rest in eternal peace . I want to shout out Leslie at DART Boutique and Conner and her friends and family at Elegant Xpressions and also Posh Boutique for your special donations. Last but not least I want to thank myself for not giving up and not believing those who doubted me and deemed this impossible. I saw , I came and i conquered 😊

Jaimye W.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to be here representing my hometown and home state. Thank you, Mom, for being my number one fan, and always encouraging me to achieve my goals. Thank you, Dad, for supporting me, it means more than you know. Thank you Couser family for your continuous support. Thank you, Ashley Horsley, for all of your guidance and for helping me reach my full potential. Thank you, Brenda Tore, for the stunning hair and makeup, and for helping me feel my best on stage. To all of my family and friends, thank you. This journey could not have happened without your love, support, and encouragement.

Lizzy H.
Thank you friends and family for believing in me and being my supporters on this journey and the ones to come!