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Miss South Dakota USA and Teen USA Titleholder History

Your ultimate Miss USA state pageant resource

Take a trip back into the history of the Miss South Dakota USA and Teen USA pageants, from the first winner to the most recent. Get to know every single Miss and Teen titleholder with a full listing, hometown map and extensive photo archive, with state pageant photos, Miss USA and Teen USA competition photos and more.

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Miss South Dakota USA titleholders 1952-2022

Recent titleholders

2019
South Dakota USA icon 2019
Abby Merschman

22 • Sioux Falls

 
 

2020
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Kalani Jorgensen

26 • Sioux Falls

 
 

2021
South Dakota USA icon 2021
Caroline Pettey

27 • Rapid City

Top 16
at Miss USA

2022
South Dakota USA icon 2022
Shania Knutson

22 • Viborg

 
 

2023
South Dakota USA icon 2023
Amber Hulse

25 • Hot Springs

 
 

Placements and Awards Summary

Placements

Top 5/6

Madison Nipe (2018)

Semi-finalist

Helen Youngquist (1958), Debra Brickley (1974)

Top 8/10/11/12*

* Where the semi-finalists are cut in multiple stages before the top 5 or 6

Awards

Congeniality

Dorothy Westphal (1976) (tie)

At Miss USA 2018 Madison Nipe became South Dakota's first ever top five finalist.

Full Titleholder Listing

IMAGEYEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2023Amber Hulse^Hot Springs24Previously Miss SD 2019-2020
2022Shania Knutson*Viborg22Previously Miss SD Teen USA 2018; suspended six months before passing on her title
2021Caroline PetteyRapid City27Top 16
2020Kalani Jorgensen*Sioux Falls26Previously Miss SD Teen USA 2012
2019Abby MerschmanSioux Falls22
2018Madison NipeMadison21Top 5
2017Tessa Dee^Mitchell26Previously Miss SD 2013
2016Madison McKeown*Sioux Falls21Top 10Previously Miss SD Teen USA 2014
2015Lexy Schenk*Irene21Previously Miss SD Teen USA 2011
2014Brittney PalmerBrookings25
2013Jessica AlbersYankton27
2012Taylor NeisenRapid City19
2011Chandra BurnhamHighmore23
2010Emily MillerIrene22
2009Jessica RowellSioux Falls22
2008Charlie BuhlerMitchell20
2007Suzie HeffernanBrookings20
2006Alexis LeVanSioux Falls19
2005Jessica Fjerstad*Madison20Previously Miss SD Teen USA 2002
2004Andrea ParliamentBrandon20
2003Jessica LawrenceBrookings25
2002Sitania SyrovatkaSioux Falls20
2001Beth LovroSioux Falls23
2000Vanessa Shortbull^Rapid City21Later Miss SD 2002
1999Shawna GrossHuron24
1998Lori O'BrienRapid City24
1997Jamie SwensonSioux Falls25
1996Caresa WintersHuron20
1995Jenny SnobeckSioux Falls23
1994Tabetha Mauck*Mobridge21Previously Miss SD Teen USA 1991
1993Kara RovereSturgis23
1992Shawn FrerichsSioux Falls21
1991Jillayne Fossum*Canton19Previously Miss SD Teen USA 1988
1990Valerie SejnohaSioux Falls21
1989Nanette EndresWatertown22
1988Sandi Lynn FixSioux Falls21
1987Jana Van WoudenbergCanton18
1986Lori SchumacherSioux Falls20
1985Stacey ArnoldRapid City20
1984Donna SmithBox Elder20
1983Kelly RosenbaumElk Point19
1982Meaghen Marie NorthSioux Falls18
1981Joan AbbottIrene19
1980Jane SchmidtFlandreau25
1979Noele de Saint GallGarretson25
1978Nadene OppoldSioux Falls
1977Ginger ThomsonSioux Falls19
1976Dorothy WestphalSioux Falls25Congeniality (tie)
1975Lanette RabenbergSioux Falls20
1974Debra BrickleyHermosa21Semi-finalist
1973Rebecca BunkersBrookings19
1972Kathleen "Kathey" BakkeDeadwood20
1971Sonia HartRapid City22
1970Cynthia FinleySturgis18
1969Mary BergrenSioux Falls21
1968Byrean BlacksmithSioux Falls21
1967Patricia MarshallRapid City
1966Did Not Compete
1965Did Not Compete
1964Did Not Compete
1963Did Not Compete
1962Did Not Compete
1961Sharon HoffmanHarrisburg19
1960Patricia KlithSioux Falls20
1959Jeannine StrattonSioux Falls19
1958Helen YoungquistSioux Falls20Semi-finalist
1957Gay MarshallSioux Falls19
1956Did Not Compete
1955Phyllis ChoquetteJefferson18
1954Barbara Ann BrownSioux Falls
1953Kathleen HermanBowdle18
1952Did Not Compete
YEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2023Amber Hulse^Hot Springs24Previously Miss SD 2019-2020
2022Shania Knutson*Viborg22Previously Miss SD Teen USA 2018; suspended six months before passing on her title
2021Caroline PetteyRapid City27Top 16
2020Kalani Jorgensen*Sioux Falls26Previously Miss SD Teen USA 2012
2019Abby MerschmanSioux Falls22
2018Madison NipeMadison21Top 5
2017Tessa Dee^Mitchell26Previously Miss SD 2013
2016Madison McKeown*Sioux Falls21Top 10Previously Miss SD Teen USA 2014
2015Lexy Schenk*Irene21Previously Miss SD Teen USA 2011
2014Brittney PalmerBrookings25
2013Jessica AlbersYankton27
2012Taylor NeisenRapid City19
2011Chandra BurnhamHighmore23
2010Emily MillerIrene22
2009Jessica RowellSioux Falls22
2008Charlie BuhlerMitchell20
2007Suzie HeffernanBrookings20
2006Alexis LeVanSioux Falls19
2005Jessica Fjerstad*Madison20Previously Miss SD Teen USA 2002
2004Andrea ParliamentBrandon20
2003Jessica LawrenceBrookings25
2002Sitania SyrovatkaSioux Falls20
2001Beth LovroSioux Falls23
2000Vanessa Shortbull^Rapid City21Later Miss SD 2002
1999Shawna GrossHuron24
1998Lori O'BrienRapid City24
1997Jamie SwensonSioux Falls25
1996Caresa WintersHuron20
1995Jenny SnobeckSioux Falls23
1994Tabetha Mauck*Mobridge21Previously Miss SD Teen USA 1991
1993Kara RovereSturgis23
1992Shawn FrerichsSioux Falls21
1991Jillayne Fossum*Canton19Previously Miss SD Teen USA 1988
1990Valerie SejnohaSioux Falls21
1989Nanette EndresWatertown22
1988Sandi Lynn FixSioux Falls21
1987Jana Van WoudenbergCanton18
1986Lori SchumacherSioux Falls20
1985Stacey ArnoldRapid City20
1984Donna SmithBox Elder20
1983Kelly RosenbaumElk Point19
1982Meaghen Marie NorthSioux Falls18
1981Joan AbbottIrene19
1980Jane SchmidtFlandreau25
1979Noele de Saint GallGarretson25
1978Nadene OppoldSioux Falls
1977Ginger ThomsonSioux Falls19
1976Dorothy WestphalSioux Falls25Congeniality (tie)
1975Lanette RabenbergSioux Falls20
1974Debra BrickleyHermosa21Semi-finalist
1973Rebecca BunkersBrookings19
1972Kathleen "Kathey" BakkeDeadwood20
1971Sonia HartRapid City22
1970Cynthia FinleySturgis18
1969Mary BergrenSioux Falls21
1968Byrean BlacksmithSioux Falls21
1967Patricia MarshallRapid City
1966Did Not Compete
1965Did Not Compete
1964Did Not Compete
1963Did Not Compete
1962Did Not Compete
1961Sharon HoffmanHarrisburg19
1960Patricia KlithSioux Falls20
1959Jeannine StrattonSioux Falls19
1958Helen YoungquistSioux Falls20Semi-finalist
1957Gay MarshallSioux Falls19
1956Did Not Compete
1955Phyllis ChoquetteJefferson18
1954Barbara Ann BrownSioux Falls
1953Kathleen HermanBowdle18
1952Did Not Compete

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