Two young women from South Dakota will represent the state at the next Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants.

Tessa Dee of Mitchell was voted Miss South Dakota USA 2017 at the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center on Sunday night. Delaney Rupp of Sioux Falls, was chosen Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2017. 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/active wear and interview. Eligible young women must be between the ages of 14 and 27 and be unmarried residents of South Dakota in order to compete in the pageant.

Tessa and Delaney 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.

Tessa will compete for the title of Miss USA 2016 on the live national telecast of Miss USA on FOX Television, and Delaney will compete for the title of Miss Teen USA 2016 at the national pageant next 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.


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