Tuesday, June 17, 2014



On a bit of a last-minute whim, The Junkies decided to travel to the Black Hills of South Dakota to see Miss SD live and in person.  Without question, we were BLOWN AWAY by the production and we were utterly charmed by the town of Hot Springs!  We couldn't have received a more open and honest welcome - and made SO MANY friends during our time there. :)

If you're looking for "quality" over "quantity" in pageantry, make time to visit Hot Springs, South Dakota.  When numerous former queens continue to give back to the program and remain involved, you know you've got something special.  Big Shout-Outs to Sally Isburg, Ray Peterson, Najla Ghazi, Kristi Bauer, Shawntel Swedlund, Sara Frankestein, Callee Bauman, Calista and September Kirby, Erin Brubakken and Glenda Mostek, for showing us a FABULOUS TIME in Hot Springs!  We'll never, ever forget it!!! :)

And speaking of special - it was our pleasure to see Tessa Dee be crowned Miss South Dakota 2013!  After 'liking' our page in 2011, Tessa was one of the first girls to reach out to us prior to competing in her state pageant in 2012 where she finished as the 3rd runner up. :)  We instantly knew we liked her moxie and she would be a force on stage in 2013.  She absolutely radiated during the competition and thoroughly earned the crown over several other accomplished young women.

At Miss America, Tessa made a splash between her unconventional "People's Choice" video, finishing as a STEM finalist, and her awesome T-Shirt that she wore on National TV when she wasn't selected in the Top 15 ("I'm popular in South Dakota").  We know everyone on "Team Tessa" believes she is a firecracker!  And we can't wait to see what she does with the rest of her life. :)  All the best, darling!

Regarding the 2014 competition - this one's gonna be another fight to the finish!  Several capable girls could walk away with the crown - but only one will!  Who will it be??? 

Junkies Say Here's Who to Watch:

Autumn Simunek - 2nd runner up '13 and '12, 4th runner up '11, SD OT '07
Meredith Gould - SD OT '12, lovely dancer
Jade Possail - Top 8 '13
Carrie Wintle - Top 8 '13
Katie Crevier - Prelim Talent '13 and Miss Congeniality
Jamie McKinney - Rookie with 'oodles of personality, plays the drums for her talent



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