Miss South Dakota Teen USA

Shania Knutson

Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2018

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Born and raised in South Eastern South Dakota, Shania and her three sisters grew up on a farm where they continue the family tradition of raising cattle, sheep, swine, and, Shania adding her own personal touch, fifty laying hens! This was able to teach her the value of hard work and a love for the agricultural industry. Shania puts a strong emphasis on extracurricular activities, so while in school, she is active in volleyball, basketball, track and field, softball, Student Council, Region Student Council, oral interpretation, youth group, 4H, FFA, showing sheep, and working in elementary classrooms every day!

As a Junior at Viborg-Hurley High School, Shania says she has a few years to figure out exactly what her dream job is but, she knows she wants to touch the lives of others and may do so by becoming a social worker, special education teacher, or a motivational speaker.

In addition to Shania’s busy life in her school, church, and community, she is dedicated to a number of Charitable organizations. She is a dedicated volunteer for Children’s Miracle Network, Make-A-Wish Foundation, community volunteer work through her activities, and she volunteers as the leader of her community youth group! She loves working with the Lifescape community and making a difference. She is always empowering young women to be confidently beautiful, through social media, workshops, and even in the hallways at school!

Knutson says “I am so excited and blessed to have this opportunity to promote and empower the role that women have in our society. I have worked so hard to attain the position that I have in my life. The Miss Universe organization has always been a huge part of my heart, and I am so excited for the upcoming year!” She is looking forward to continuing to work toward her goals and dreams as the 2018 Miss South Dakota Teen USA, and cannot wait to represent her great state of South Dakota at Miss Teen USA!


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