Posted 6 months ago
By John Axtell
A new Miss South Dakota will crowned tonight at 7:00 at the Mueller Center in Hot Springs. For those unable to attend, there is a live online stream available for $25 from the pageant website…misssd.org.
Executive Director Kristi Richter calls this year’s pageant with the sports-related theme Ready to Rumble “a very different, fun show ‘pageant take’ on basketball, baseball and football, with some cheering thrown in for good measure.”
There are 16 contestants this year, but the local favorite is Hot Springs native Autumn Simunek, competing as Miss Hot Springs. It’s Simunek’s third time to compete for the title, but she was Miss South Dakota Outstanding Teen in 2007 and when she was younger was a Little Sister for the pageant.
Four of the women are from Rapid City: Miss Siouxland Julia Kendrix, Miss Sturgis Morgan Black, Miss Rushmore Megan Lipp, and Miss Rapid City Alexia Vandersnick.
FULL PAGEANT CONTESTANT LIST
Julia Kendrix, 21, Rapid City, Miss Siouxland; Jade Possail, 21, Brookings, Miss Lake Alvin; Tessa Dee, Mitchell, 20, Miss Gold Rush; Morgan Black, 23, Rapid City, Miss Sturgis; Autumn Simunek, 20, Hot Springs, Miss Hot Springs; Katie Barnett, 17, Wagner, Miss Rolling Plains; Alexis Kosiak, 18, Sioux Falls, Miss Sioux Empire Fair; Maria Anderson, 18, Sioux Falls, Miss State Fair; Racine Schuring, 24, Andover, Miss Northern Hills; Alexia Vandersnick, 19, Rapid City, Miss Rapid City; Megan Lipp, 21, Rapid City, Miss Rushmore; Kirby Crofutt, 21 Delano, Minn., Miss SDSU; Katelyn Breen, 21, Baltic, Miss Brookings; Katie Crevier, 20, Elkton, Miss Eastern Plains; Rayna Pearson, 20, Sioux Falls, Miss USD; and Carrie Wintle, 19, Iroquois, Miss Dakota Rose.