Teen 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 Teen USA 2023 Contestants


Iyana B.
I would like to thank my sponsor River Front Broadcasting for helping me with the pageant. I also want to thank my parents for supporting me through this whole experience. Lastly I want to thank all my friends for encouraging me to be myself and to have fun.

Lauren B.
Minnehaha County
I'd like to thank my friends and family for the support and encouragement. Shelby Christopherson for taking my photos. Bella Welker, Tawny Kaup and Dee Johnson for mentoring me through this process. Jill Mark from Lipstick and Pearls for the spray tan. Dani Allen for hair and makeup.

Madison B.
I'd like to make a special shout out to my amazing family and friends for all they do! I'd also like to recognize and thank my sponsors from Onida: Massage Shack, Stewart & Daughters, Lamb's Chevrolet, Oahe Grain, Don's Food Center, Voorhees Cattle Company, Gross Farms, and Midwest Cooperatives. Thank you all for making this experience possible!

Breana B.
Oglala Lakota County
Wopila Tanka (with the deepest graditude from the depths of my heart), first and foremost to my Ina (mother) Candi Brings Plenty and my Ate`(father) BJ Brave Heart. They continue to show up for me in all forms and they continue to move mountians so that I can pursue this journey of mine. I am grateful and thankful to all the support from my friends and relatives. I have chosen to fundraise and do not have any sponsors at this time. However, I would like to say Pilamiyaye` to the Oyate` of the Oglala Lakota County, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and to the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council. And my biggest wopila goes to the International Indigenous Youth Council-Oglala Chapter for your fierceness in supporting me and encouraging my unique leadership.

Jordyn C.
Black Hills
I would like to thank my mom for always supporting me in everything I have ever done and that I am continuing to do. Also for driving me places when I was little. Another big thank you to My dad for always supporting me and being the best dad a girl could ever ask for. Thank you to my family for being some of my biggest cheerleaders and always cheering me on. Thank you to all the many volunteers and people that help make this competition happen. A special thanks to all the generous sponsors also. Without any of you, this wouldn't happen.

Kiara E.
Rapid City
I am so greatful for the love and support i've received during the preparation for this pageant, id like to take this room to thank my generous sponsors, my supportive and loving family and friends, and god who watches over me and protects me. iam a very blessed young lady to say the least and i'm more than excited to compete in this years pageant. Thank you to the host, thank you to the judges and thank you to everyone who supports future productions pageants, my life would be completely different without all of you.

Haylee J.
To begin, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone whose support has brought me here. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Karen Linn of The Rustic Nook Bakery in Lead, South Dakota, who organized the event "Brushes and Bites" to raise money for the event in which I am competing . I also want to express my gratitude to Karen for taking the most beautiful headshot of me. In addition, I would like to express my gratitude to my friends and family for helping me discover my authentic self and building my confidence so that I could participate in such a significant event. Lastly, I'd like to express my gratitude to everyone who donated to help pay for everything I need to compete! I would not be this far without the support!

Lucy P.
Eastern South Dakota
I would like to give a big thanks to my mom for helping me get here today. No matter how crazy my goals are, she has always believed in me. Out of everyone, she has made the biggest impact on me and has inspired me to never give up. Since the beginning, she has always been by my side helping me and I wouldn’t be here without her. Thanks mom, I love you. -Lucy

Lindsey P.
Mount Rushmore
Thank you so much for my wonderful sponsors this year. Thank you, Grandma and Grandpa, for your everlasting support and love. Thank you, Kara, my aunt, and my half-sister Lauren. Thank you to my mom's friends Kim Gross, Jin Washington, Jeff Steinberg, Shannon Young, Trinette Seburn, Colleen Kerk, Pam McKinney and Beverly Loftin. Thank you to the following businesses. I am truly grateful: Shandra Allerdings (Beautician), Madam Peacock Clothing Store, Pink 629 Clothing Store, Durty Nelly's, Reset Weight, HD Insulation, Copy Country, Tyrrell Tires, Bella Tan, Mountain View Animal Hospital, Gustafson Builders, Riddles Jewelry, 605 Mowing and Envision Legal Solutions. Thank you, Ms. Val Simpson, for your time.

Bella P.
Sioux Falls
Thank you to those who have supported and sponsored my journey. Moveology 605, for keeping me in alignment both mentally and physically with outstanding Chiropractic and Acupuncture services. I am also grateful to my parents, Paul and Jenna Puetz, my Aunt Julie Appel and Grandpa Joe, for always helping me reach my dreams. Your support has guided me into the person I am and the person I will become- I love you.

Stefonna S.
Bennett County
First and foremost I would like to thank the Miss South Dakota Teen USA Production team for putting on an amazing pageant weekend every year making it possible to open new and special opportunities for the contenders. Secondly, I would like to thank my mother and grandparents who have supported me through this process both mentally and financially, I would not be where I am without them. Lastly, our family company, the Salomon Sanitation has shown me great sponsorship by making it possible for me to compete this year, and for that I will be forever grateful.

Makayla S.
I would like to thank my family and friends, especially my mother, father, and grandparents for encouraging me to participate in this pagent. I would also like to thank them for helping me get all of the supplies I need for this amazing journey. I thank them for their love, help, and support throughout all of this. They always push me to try new things and get out of my comfort zone. They have really helped me to because the strong and independent young lady that I am today.

Raegan T.
Fort Pierre
Thank you to John Bolger, owner of Hero Gym in Pierre, SD and thank you to Mindy Rathbun, owner of Cool Spot in Ft Pierre, SD. I greatly appreciate your donation and your generosity. I also want to thank my Grandpa Brad Taylor and Grandparents Terry and Marilyn Patterson for the monetary gift to help me be able to participate in this pageant. Also, a huge thank you to my parents, Jason and Donita Taylor, for the financial help with this pageant and for always believing in me and helping to make my dreams a reality. Sincerely, Raegan Taylor