BROOKINGS - Amber Hulse, of Hot Springs, was crowned Miss South Dakota 2019 on Saturday.
In addition to her scholarship of $9,500 for winning the competition, Hulse was a preliminary talent winner Friday evening ($1,000), and on-stage interview winner on Thursday ($500). Hulse was also the overall interview winner ($500) and took home the Miss America Community Service Award ($1,000). Hulse was also named winner of the Sylvia Tannehill Kindness Award scholarship of $1,000.
Hulse's platform is "Operation Overload," and for her talent, she played "Inner Turmoil" on the piano. She is the daughter of Raymond and Kristina Hulse, and competed as Miss State Fair. She attends the University of South Dakota and is a political science major.
First runner-up was Annie Woodmansey of Pierre. In addition to her scholarship award of $4,500 for being first runner-up, she was a preliminary talent winner Thursday evening ($1,000), and on-stage interview winner on Friday ($500).
Second runner-up was Carly Goodhart of Sisseton, the reigning Miss Mitchell, who took home a $2,500 scholarship, in addition to a $750 STEM scholarship. Sixteen women from across the state competed for the title and all won scholarships.
Steffensen wins Outstanding Teen
Payton Steffensen, 16, Miss Siouxland's Outstanding Teen was crowned Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen Friday evening. She danced to "Model Behavior" from the musical "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," won the talent competition and tied for the on-stage interview award, and was the overall private interview winner.
The Yankton native's parents are Emily Smith and Tony Steffensen. She is a student at O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. Steffensen received $2,450 in scholarships.
First runner-up was Breanna Bossman of Humboldt. She also won the patriotic scholarship. Second runner-up was Laney Titze of Mitchell. Third runner-up was Kate Dailey of Mitchell. Dailey was also the top Children's Miracle Network fundraiser.
Steffensen will represent South Dakota at the 2019 Miss America's Outstanding Teen Competition which will be held in Orlando, Florida July 23-25, 2019.