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The reigning queen Shania Knutson Miss South Dakota USA 2022 will crown her successor, the winner against 8 Contestants, Miss Black Hills USA, Amber Hulse as Miss South Dakota USA 2023 at the end of Grand Finale in Watertown Events Center Heritage Theater 1901 9th Avenue Southwest Watertown which started at 4:30pm on Sunday, June 11th, 2023. Hulse also won Miss Photogenic Award.

Newly crowned Amber Hulse Miss South Dakota USA 2023 will represent her SD State at the upcoming Miss USA 2023 Pageant where The reigning queen R'Bonney Gabriel Miss Texas USA 2022, Miss USA 2022 & Miss Universe 2022 will crown her successor at the end of Grand Finale in the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. New Queen Amber Hulse is The First Miss South Dakota USA in Dr. Anne Jakrajutatip Miss Universe Ownership.

Hulse is the 72ND Miss USA 2023 Contestant and The 41ST Entry to The Class of Miss USA 2023. The Court of Miss Black Hills USA, Amber Hulse Miss South Dakota USA 2023 includes Lexus Paulson 1st Runner-up Miss Sioux Falls USA, Cathyliana Santiago-Nunez 2nd Runner-up Miss Harrisburg USA, Anna Bonnstetter 3rd Runner-up Miss Southeast South Dakota USA and Jaimye Lynn Wininger 4th Runner-up Miss Brookings USA.

Hulse was Miss South Dakota 2019-20. She is J.D. Candidate at Georgetown Law and Former White House Intern who calls herself Cowgirl Politico. She was Press Assistant Internship at the Virginia Office of Attorney General. Few years back she ran Mr. USD, a Mock Miss American Pageant to Raise Money for Children's Miracle Network 

Born and raised amidst the untamed beauty of a hunting ranch in western South Dakota, Amber Hulse embodies the spirit of the wild, calling herself a “Cowgirl Politico”.

As a graduate of the University of South Dakota, she blazed a trail of excellence, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude with a degree in political science and non-profit studies.

Amber’s insatiable hunger for knowledge led her to Georgetown Law, where she is currently shaping her legal career. In Washington, D.C., she embarked on a series of awe-inspiring endeavors, interning at the White House and clerking with the Senate Judiciary Committee. She also served as a clerk for the Virginia Attorney General, South Dakota Secretary of State, and esteemed members of Congress and the U.S. Senate.

Amber envisions a life dedicated to public service. Her sights are set on empowering other women to seek leadership positions and create tangible change. 

Contestant's Statement

Hulse said at different days:

"Prelims are over… tonight is FINALS! From the bottom of my heart- thank you to everyone who has helped me on this journey. I am sure I am forgetting people- from my support team and family to all my “glam squad” and coaches… I would not be the woman standing in this photo without your help and guidance. The personal growth I have seen in myself over the last year is incredible- it’s a different woman standing here."

"This journey has been incredible- and I cannot believe how fast a year flew by before my eyes. Just last summer I was working in Richmond, Virginia at the Virginia Attorney General Office and I decided I was going to take the leap and compete for Miss SD USA."

"My life experiences from the last few years have left me with the lingering feeling that my work here is not yet compete. South Dakota, I know I can do more- and this weekend is just the beginning of demonstrating that."

"Let’s get to work and show ‘em what South Dakotans are made of!"

"About this time last year I decided to compete for Miss SD USA after a five year hiatus from the pageant world. I thought I was done after being the COVID queen and reigning for 2 years as Miss SD in the Miss America Organization… but South Dakota was calling my name and I knew my work was not yet done. I could do more."

"In 2019, when I was crowned Miss SD my father was in the ICU in a coma. I’m an only child- so it was just my mom and I running to doctor appointments and trying to keep the ship afloat during those dark times. I would go to an event as Miss SD and then head to the hospital before going home to my apartment in Sioux Falls. It was an odd time- filled with such high highs and low lows."

"The worst part was trying to flawlessly juggle the double life I was living… no one understood or could begin to understand everything that was on my and my family’s plate… all while I was trying to prepare for the once in a lifetime chance to compete at Miss America."

"But, I did it. We survived. And while that time of my life was one of the most difficult battles I’ve ever been handed- it has made me a stronger person and I know that no matter what happens; it really *hopefully* can’t get worse than that."

"So this is my take two shot at another opportunity to serve South Dakota and make a difference in young ladies lives across our state and nation."

"Being pretty is one thing, but having a message to help other women become their best selves and blossom into leaders is one of the most beautiful and powerful missions."

"So here’s to us, ladies! Who’s with me?"

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