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 semi-finalist in the Pageant Finals! Voting will take place online until 5pm CDT on Sunday, September 22nd. 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.

Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2020 Contestants


Gracie B.
I would like to give a special thank you to my very supportive sponsors. Thanks to Hair Boutique, Sincerely Grace, and Lloyd Bultsma Trucking Inc. This experience would not be possible without you, and I very much appreciate your contributions. These sponsors have played a large part in my life so far, and I can give them credit for where I am in my life today.

Kate D.
Thank you to my Mom for being my biggest role model. You push me to keep trying and to set my goal higher everyday! I wouldn’t be competing with out you teaching me the little essentials to grow up and be a confident young woman and to always strive to conquer my wildest dreams. This is by far my favorite “sport” to have you with me!! To my closest friends, thank you guys for the endless pep talks, asking me interview questions while I’m one track minded during pageant season and always remembering to check in with me on pageant updates! Caitlin and Shania, thank you for being my pageant “older sisters” and always supporting my journey as I compete, it wouldn’t be the same journey without you!

Janelle D.
I am so blessed to have the chance to compete once again in this competition. This was made possible by: Nicholson Law, Ghost Town Guest House, Leta & Hubert Townsend, Ryley Dickau, Wyatt Larson, & The Rhead Family. Thank you so much! I would also like to give special thanks to my grandma, for her support through my whole pageant journey, I love you Nana!

Zowie G.
This journey has been a small town girl's dream come true! I wouldn't be here today without the amazing support of the Watertown community. I offer my deepest and sincerest thanks to the following sponsors: Bar Lazy R Cattle Co, Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel, Dempsey's Brewery Pub, Diamond Realty, Fabers Farm Equipment, Family Dental Center, Glacial Lakes Energy, Hy-Vee Foods, Kunkel-Snyder Optometric PC, MG Hair Studio & Spa - Mikki Gubka & Alicyn Wager, ML Portraits, Office Peeps and Winsupply Watertown. Words cannot describe how honored and blessed your contributions make me feel! I especially want to thank my grandparents Linda & Lyle and Don & Jacki, my parents and my brother for their encouragement. All My Love, Zowie Goddard

Emerson K.
I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to my family and friends for their support and encouragement.

Echo K.
Thank you to all those who gave to me and encouraged me onward. I would like to thank my dad, he is always pushing me to do what is best. My two youngest sisters, who tell me I am beautiful. Both grandpas, Grandpa Wilson who supports anything I do, and Grandpa John who shows interest in almost everything I do. My grandma Verna for helping me with my dresses. Thanks to Audra's Bridal Gallery in Rapid City for being kind and willing to work with my mom and I. Thank you to all those who prayed for me. I am grateful for this experience and for this chance to be a leader.

Izabel K.
I would first like to thank everyone for all of the encouragement, endless support, and love I have received in my life during my whole pageant journey. To my mom, you continue to amaze me everyday with your positivity and love. To both of my grandparents, thank you for loving me unconditionally and always pushing me to be my best. To my little brother Carter, thank you for showing me what a true best friend is. To Tiffany, thank you for being my “lifeline” when it comes to the pageant world, I will cherish you forever. To my photographer Eric, thank you for all of the amazing photos! To all of my friends, I truly appreciate all of you and I would not be the person I am today without all of you.

MacKenzie L.
Thank you to all my family and friends, especially to my Mom, Aunt Jordie, and Aunt Tiffany for all of your support, help, and encouragement in getting ready for this amazing opportunity. Also, I want to say thank you to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe for the support they have given me.

Kara M.
Thank you to all of my family, friends, and sponsors. Including Miedema Sanitation and Bonnie's de'Kor of Mitchell. I appreciate all the support and encouragement everyone has given during the preparation.

Elisabeth P.
I would like to thank all the people who have supported me through my pageant preparations. These people include: my family, Rhonda Kooiman, Kim Johnson, Brad Fowler State Farm, Michael Schuh, Joanne Marshall, Donna Ulrich, Ryan Marshall, and Carrie Stepp. I also want to say thanks to Katelyn Chykta for the beautiful, red dress. Thank you to Deirdre Cross for my lovely hair and makeup. And thank you to Angel Abraham for all of your pageant advice and knowledge. All of you mean so much to me. I would not be here without your support. Thank you.

Maquelle S.
I would like to thank Drs. Dana at Dana Dental Arts, Dr. Samuelson at Black Hills Area Dental, Drs. Meyer and Dr. Dana at Meyer Dana Orthodontics, Doreen at Kathleens, Erika and Erika Laine at Tyler Laine Eyebrow Studio, Taynger at the Glam Gringa, Lexi at Burpee Blankets, Mama Jo and Papa Mick and my mom and dad. I am so grateful for your support and encouragement to experience this exciting opportunity!

Skuya W.
Thank you Mom and Dad for making into the young woman I am today without you I wouldn't be have the courage to build my self confidence. I'd like to give a huge thank you to all my sponsors- Law Motors Sioux Falls SD, and all my Hartford SD, sponsors which are Great Western Bank, Medicap Pharmacy, Hartford Veterinary Clinic, Hartford Dental Clinic, and Ken and Sheryl Mielke. Also a very special thank you to my hair stylist and makeup artist Mariah Heesch. Big thank you to Mary Anderson for stepping up to coach me and get me prepared for the pageant.

Jaimye Lynn W.
I want to thank my sponsors that helped me on this journey: Mike Tietjen, American Family Insurance; CMS Pat Couser and Family; Our local Radio stations. I also want to thank my family and friends for all the encouragment. I want to especially thank my mom, who has been by my side through every "bump" in the road from wardrobe malfunctions, to every bruise from cheer and dance, not to mention all the college applications; thank you for making me stronger and the person I want to be! I love you, mom!