Miss South Dakota USA 2022 Shania Knutson represented South Dakota in the Miss USA 2022 pageant. She has been temporarily suspended pending charges of theft. As a 7th generation South Dakotan, Shania grew up on a farm near Viborg, SD and lived in Brookings during her reign. She has experience in the event industry, managing a wedding venue, working for an event planner, decorator, and owning her own business, specialising in custom floral design for weddings.
Miss South Dakota USA 2022 Shania Knutoson is a a graduate of South Dakota State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurial Studies and a minor in Event and Facilities Administration. As a 7th generation South Dakotan, Shania grew up on a farm near Viborg, SD. She is the proud owner of crop acres, carrying on the family legacy!
She has experience in the event industry, managing a wedding venue, working for an event planner, decorator, and owning her own business, The Stem Floral Studio, specializing in custom wedding designs. She looks forward to continuing building her business full time.
Shania represented South Dakota as Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2018 and is thrilled to have the opportunity to represent South Dakota during her reign and on the Miss USA stage. Shania is a signed model and has experience in commercial, promotional, and fitness modeling. Shania is ready for all the opportunities that the Miss USA organization will provide to her!
She is an advocate for mental health resources as a Crisis Text Line volunteer counselor and hopes to work with many organizations and groups this year to share her story. Shania is passionate about being a role model, showing others what it looks like to show up and work hard for your goals and dreams.
“Anything is possible with the right mindset and resources. I hope to inspire those around me to be themselves and believe in what they can accomplish.” – Shania Knutson
The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are Shania’s state pageant photos.
Lights, camera, action! Professional photoshoots are one of the perks that comes from winning a title.
Shania won the Miss South Dakota Teen USA and Miss South Dakota USA titles on her second attempt, having placed first runner-up the year before winning both pageants. Check out her Teen profile.
Winning a state title is a sisterhood for life. Here are Shania’s “after the crown” photos.