Hunter Widvey is CROWNED Miss South Dakota 2022

Reigning Queen Miss South Dakota 2021, Kaitlin O'Neill has just crowned the WINNER against 19 Contestants, Rapid City's Miss Huron, Hunter Widvey Miss South Dakota 2022 at the end of grand finale in the Oscar Performing Art Center, Brookings on Sat, Jun 4, 2022. She awarded scholarship of $8,000 for winning the competition along with $1,000 as a preliminary talent winner on Friday evening and $1,000 as the overall interview award winner. She also took home a STEM scholarship (of $750. Her total prize money is US$10,750 along with many perks as reigning queen.

Hunter Widvey Miss South Dakota 2022 will represent her SD State at Miss America 2023 Competitions in the Mohegan Sun Uncasville where Emma Broyles Miss America 2022 will crown her successor 95TH Miss America 2023 at end the Grand Finale on Thu, Dec 15, 2022 who emerged WINNER in 51 Contestants.

She is U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist who graduated from Augustana University in the spring of 2021 with double majored in biology and government/international affairs and minored in chemistry. The Childhood Cancer Awareness Advocate and Future Physician Hunter is pursuing Degree at DMUCOM, Des Moines University's College of Osteopathic Medicine after her reigns. Hunter enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends! Some of her favorite outdoor activities include hunting, hiking, fishing, gold panning, and finding dinosaur bones. Hunter’s biggest supporters are her two younger sisters, Hayden and Harlow, and her parents, Brett and Cami Widvey.

Widvey’s social impact initiative is Childhood Cancer Awareness. For talent, she sang “Feelin’ Good,” most famously performed by artists such as Michael Buble and Nina Simone. She is the daughter of Brett and Cami Widvey and competed as Miss Huron. Widvey is a graduate of Augustana University with majors in government and biology and has been accepted to medical school at Des Moines University. Widvey was Miss South Dakota’s Outstanding Teen in 2016 and is the fourth former teen titleholder to go on and win the Miss South Dakota crown.

June 5, 2022, Brookings, SD – Hunter Widvey of Rapid City was crowned Miss South Dakota 2022 Saturday night

20 women from across the state competed for the title. All won scholarships, totalling nearly $48,000. Each of the non-semi-finalists received a $1,000 scholarship.

Carly Goodhart 1st Runner-up Miss South Dakota 2022

First runner-up was Carly Goodhart of Sisseton, garnering a $5,000 scholarship. Goodhart also won the $500 preliminary for social impact pitch Thursday night, as well as the $1,000 Quality of Life Scholarship, the $1,000 Sylvia Tannehill “Kindness” Scholarship, and the $250 Miss South Dakota Legacy Scholarship.

Annie Woodmansey 2nd Runner-up Miss South Dakota 2022

Second runner-up was Annie Woodmansey of Pierre, receiving a $4,000 scholarship. 

Rio Snyder 3rd Runner-up Miss South Dakota 2022

Third runner-up was Rio Snyder of Black Hawk. Rio received a $3,000 scholarship, plus a $750 STEM scholarship. In addition, she received the Ray Peterson “Rookie of the Year” award of $500 for being the top-placing first-time candidate.

Miranda O’Bryan 4th Runner-up Miss South Dakota 2022

Fourth runner-up was Miranda O’Brian, taking home a scholarship of $1,500, in addition to the $500 award for social initiative pitch on Friday. She also received the $1,000 State Community Service Scholarship and Top Fundraiser award, a $1,000 scholarship.

Rounding out the top ten semi-finalists, and each receiving a $1,200 scholarship were Margaret Samp of Sioux Falls who also earned a $1,000 preliminary talent award, Baylee Dittman of Spearfish, Laney Titze of Mitchell, Emily Deinken of Sioux Center, IA, and Maleah Eschenbaum of Aberdeen.

Breanna Bossman, Humboldt, won the most talented non-semifinalist ($300 scholarship). McKenzie Hassebroek of Westport was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants ($500 scholarship). Emma Salzwedel, Sioux Falls, had the top interview for a non-semifinalist ($300 scholarship.)

Twenty women from across the state competed for the title. All won scholarships, totalling nearly $48,000. Each of the non-semi-finalists received a $1,000 scholarship.
Hunter Widvey will compete at the Miss America Competition at the Mohegan S

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