Miss South Dakota USA, Miss South Dakota Teen USA crowned in Watertown

April 11, 2022

WATERTOWN, S.D. – The MISS SOUTH DAKOTA USA and MISS SOUTH DAKOTA TEEN USA Pageants took place Saturday night at the Watertown Event Center Heritage Theater in Watertown.

A capacity crowd filled the venue on Saturday evening for the pageant finals, where the panel of judges selected Shania Knutson of Brookings as MISS SOUTH DAKOTA USA 2022, and Bella Welker of Sioux Falls, as MISS SOUTH DAKOTA TEEN USA 2022.  Both titleholders will now advance and compete next year at the MISS USA and MISS TEEN USA national pageants.

The competition, which is held annually, consists of three proportional segments: evening gown, swimwear/activewear and interview. 

Eligible young women must be between the ages of 14 and 27 and be unmarried residents of South Dakota to compete in the pageant.

Shania and Bella will each receive thousands of dollars in prizes and awards.  Most importantly, they will have the opportunity to compete for the national titles of MISS USA and MISS TEEN USA this coming year.  

Shania will compete for the title of MISS USA on the live national telecast of MISS USA, and Bella will compete for the title of MISS TEEN USA at the national pageant later this year. 

In addition, the new MISS USA will go on to represent the United States in the MISS UNIVERSE competition, which is televised in over 130 countries worldwide.