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 semi-finalist in the Pageant Finals! Voting will take place online until 4pm CDT on Sunday, April 25th. The winners of the People’s Choice for each division will be revealed during the announcement of the semi-finalists as well as recognized during the awards portion near the end of the Pageant Finals!

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 2021 Contestants


Gracie B.
A very prominent thank you is due to many people in my life. There are many who have helped me not only get on this stage today but also become the woman that I am today. Without solid friends, family, and role models, my life would not be where it is now. I would like to thank the Erickson family, as well as Sincerely Grace Clothing, Mainstream Boutique, and my other sponsors as well. I could not be more grateful for the opportunities that these wonderful companies and people have provided for me.

Janelle D.
The support system I have had is what has made me the woman I am today. A huge thank you to Bri & Drew McCarty with Truks-n-Trykes Nursery Care not only for sponsoring me, but for always supporting me and believing in me. Another thank you to Hubert and Leta Townsend for sponsoring and supporting me through this wild ride. I want to also thank my friends and family for always supporting me and my wild dreams. I love you guys!

Blair F.
I want to thank my mother, Gail, father, Dave, and brother, Alex for always supporting me in everything I do. I also want to thank my boyfriend, Austin, for always watching out for me and keeping me safe. I want to thank Sherie for giving me my beautiful gown and Angelique from Platinum Imagination for my hair and makeup. Thank you to Gina for altering my dress, so that it would fit perfect. One last thank you to all my other family and friends who have supported me and help me get to where I am today.

Julia G.
Southeast South Dakota
A special thank you to my parents, aunts and uncles, life-long friends, and local businesses for supporting me through this journey.

Emily J.
First, I would like to thank my very loving and supportive mother, Debbie Hathaway. Thank you for always encouraging me to follow my heart. I would also like to thank my well wishers, friends, and family. It is with deepest appreciation and sincere gratitude I say thank you.

Shania K.
Eastern South Dakota
Thank you to JAKS Bridal for my evening gown. I cannot thank C. Reece Consulting by Chloe Brown enough for her commitment to my preparations, ensuring that each step was catered to creating a better me. Thank you to Majestic Mist Mobile/Hillary Christopher for giving me a glow for the stage, Hollywood Style/Delilah Ross for sponsoring hair extensions and applications. Thank you to Holly Hoffman and Whitney Werner for devoting their time to my interview and speaking skills, and Shannon Rook, Madison Dorenkamp, Laura Raeder, and others for bettering my interview skills through mock interviews. Thank you to Marykay Smith for perfecting my evening gown alterations.Thank you to my family and friends for always keeping faith in me.

Lexus P.
Sioux Falls
Here's to chasing my dreams in the tallest pair of shoes I own! Thankful to have the most supportive parents and the best team standing behind me. Let's do this!

Caroline P.
Rapid City
Thank you times a million to my amazing family, friends, and coworkers. The outpour of wisdom, encouragement, and love that you guys have made me feel is invaluable. A huge thank you to Rapid City community for allowing me to represent our beautiful home.

Jhena V.
Thank you to my family and friends for all your love and support through everything. Also thank you to Hollywood Style, Midwest Dance Center, Tan on Demand, and Sew605 for all your help, I appreciate all that you’ve done for me!

Jaimye W.
Mount Rushmore
I am so excited to be given the opportunity to compete for Miss SD USA. Thank you to all of my friends and family for supporting me through this journey. Thank you Chris Nieves, with empower mental training, and Amy Davis, owner of Win the Pageant, for being my guides, and and answering all of my questions. Next, I would like to thank Sissi Medina and SLASH fitness for helping me reach my health and fitness goals, as well as helping me find the confidence I never knew I had. Thank you Pat Couser and family for being my second family, and supporting me unconditionally. Last but not least, thank you Mom. You have helped me become the woman I am today, and never fail to encourage me. I can't thank you enough.