Tessa Dee Crowned Miss South Dakota 2013

Tessa Dee was crowned Miss South Dakota 2013 at the conclusion of Miss South Dakota Scholarship pageant on June 29th, 2013 at The Mueller Center in Hot Springs. She will represent the state of South Dakota at the finals of Miss America 2014 pageant, scheduled to take place this September in Atlantic City.

Miss South Dakota 2013, Tessa Dee

Tessa Dee being crowned Miss South Dakota 2013. Photo: Benjamin Brayfield.

Miss South Dakota 2013, Tessa Dee-1

Tessa will represent South Dakota at the Miss America 2014 pageant.

At the time of crowning, Tessa Dee is the reigning Miss Gold Rush.
For talent, Tessa performed Gymnastics dance.
“Growing up I was always involved in sports. Gymnastics and track were always my two favorites but gymnastics always took up the majority of my time. I love that I’m still able to perform gymnastics as a part of my talent for the Miss South Dakota organization,” she wrote on her blog.

– The 1st runner up: Morgan Black
– The 2nd runner up: Autumn Simunek;
– The 3rd runner up: Katie Barnett;
– The 4th runner up: Katelyn Breen.

Newly crowned Miss South Dakota 2013 Tessa Dee (C) and her runners-up. In the photo (from left): 4th runner-up Katelyn Breen, 1st runner-up Morgan Black, Miss South Dakota 2013 Tessa Dee, 2nd runner up Autumn Simunek, 3rd runner-up Katie Barnett.

Newly crowned Miss South Dakota 2013 Tessa Dee (C) and her runners-up. In the photo (from left): 4th runner-up Katelyn Breen, 1st runner-up Morgan Black, Miss South Dakota 2013 Tessa Dee, 2nd runner up Autumn Simunek, 3rd runner-up Katie Barnett.


Currently, Tessa is senior at the University of South Dakota where she majors in Health Science and receiving a minor in Psychology. She wants to be a physical therapist to help future athletes.

Along with athletics, Tessa has a large interest in reading. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been an avid reader. I believe this hobby started when my grandmothers each began giving me a book a month when I was in elementary school, sparking my interest and creating good literacy habits for a lifetime. Those habits and my love for reading are what inspired me to create my children’s literacy organization, Project Bookworm. Project Bookworm is the best thing I’ve done in my life this far. I’ve been able to help hundreds of children with their reading and I’ve raised over 1,000 books for children in need in the Sioux Falls area. Project Bookworm has a website (www.projectbookworm.org), a Facebook page and a Twitter which help parents and families stay involved with tips, facts and listings of children’s literacy events Project Bookworm creates around the region,” she wrote.

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