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 2024 Contestants


Ahmitara A.
Southern SD
I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to my incredible pageant coach, Faith Schway. Your unwavering support, guidance, and belief in me have been instrumental in my journey. Your dedication has shaped me into the confident and poised individual I am today. A special thank you to BlackRidge Security for your generous sponsorship. Your investment in my dreams has allowed me to pursue my passion with greater ease and focus. To my cherished friends and family, thank you for being my pillars of strength throughout this journey. Your love and encouragement have meant more to me than words can express. I am blessed to have you by my side. With heartfelt appreciation, Ahmitara Alwal

Arianna G.
Black Hills
Thank you to the friends and family for all your support and to The Salon Professional Academy for pushing me towards reaching my goals and dreams!

Cassie L.
Rapid City
Thank you so much to my sponsors and supporters for your kindness and generosity. Your faith in me has gave me so much strength and inspiration. I am deeply grateful to be involved in an environment that lifts girls of all ages up and feel so empowered to have the opportunity to represent such an amazing community. From the bottom of my heart thank you for your cheers, messages, and standing by my side through this amazing journey. I will carry it with me every step of the way.

Aubrie L.
Thank you to all of my sponsors that have been so generous to support me. Thank you to Fenceline, Northern Lights Hockey, and Nepstead's Flowers and Gifts for their donations and I am proud to represent your companies at the Miss South Dakota USA pageant.

Grayson M.
Mount Rushmore
Agua Fresh (Healthy Food Restaurant) connect with them online at (www.aguafreshfood.com); Styles by Jhoseline (Hair and Makeup Artist) Connect on Instagram at (stylez.byjhoseline); Nude Custom Spray tanning (Custom spray tan service) connect with them via email (confidenceisbeautifulsd@gmail.com); Beauty By T LLC (Luxury Nail Brand) Connect with them online at (BeautybyTLLC.com); Inner Child Circle (Self compassion and awareness non-profit) connect with them via email (hello@innerchildcircle.org); Franklin Refinishing (Auto Body Repair Shop) Connect with them via phone at (605-270-0693); Gmilly (custom streetwear luggage brand) connect with them online at (shopgmilly.com); Enriqueoli Photo (photographer). Huge thanks to my Mom and Dad!

Lexus P.
Southeast SD
Words cannot accurately express how thankful I am to be blessed with the most supportive family friends and community through every journey of my life. Thank you mom & dad for raising a little girl with huge dreams into the woman I am today.

Briana R.
Sioux Falls
I would love to thank my family with out them I would not be the person I am today ! I love you all so much and I am so grateful for the love we have for eachother ! I would love to thank Dustin for always being there for me, for being my best friend and for loving me unconditionaly! I would love to thank the people who make this pageant happen every year, you are amazing! Thank you for letting us grow, learn and helping us all become more confident with every pageant we get to be in ! For the winner of this pageant I would love to say congratulations and I hope you do great things with your title this year !!!!! Thank you !!!!

Cathyliana S.
Minnehaha Cty
I want to first thank my God! Everything that has come into play for me to be here is because of His provision.To my amazing and kind pageant coach, Giselle Boone, thank you for believing in me and for seeing the potential in me. Without your guidance, I wouldn’t feel as confident as I do heading into this weekend. Thank you to Angelo Fraiser of Fit Body by Angelo for helping me get swimsuit ready and for reminding me who I am. To Naomi of The Lab by Naomi in Sioux Falls, thank you for investing your talent and resources into me so my hair can look fabulous. You’ve been nothing short than a friend to me and I will always be grateful for our conversations we’ve had in your chair at the salon. To Maggie Sweets, you are so talented and I am grateful that you’ve been kind enough to be my official headshot sponsor and friend, thank you. And to Enoch (Enoch Photos) thank you for taking the most insane pictures of me as well! And to The Diamond Room by Spektor, thank you for lending me some of your beautiful pieces to wear so I can shine bright this weekend. And to my wonderful family, friends and partner thank you all for your support and encouragement. I love you all!