Deinken crowned Miss State Fair, Heath named Teen winner
HURON — Sioux Falls elementary music teacher Emily Deinken was awarded the Miss State Fair title Saturday at the Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage on the State Fairgrounds, while also being receiving the Kara Kogel Award recognizing Miss Congeniality and the Mary Ellen Vaillancourt Kindness Award.
Each came with scholarship money for Deinken, who played flute as her talent competition and also represented “Advocate for Educators” for her social impact statement.
Julia Stanek of Sioux Falls, a student at the University of South Dakota, won the Miss Huron title while SE Technical student Jensine Matson of Ramona was named first runner up.
Modesty Heath, a student at Wolsey-Wessington High School from Huron, was awarded the Miss South Dakota State Fair’s Teen title and also won the Kara Kogel Award recognizing Miss Congeniality among teen delegates.
Riley Schwinler of Brookings won the Miss Huron’s Teen title.
Five young women competed as a Miss delegate and four competed for the Teen title.