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Miss South Dakota needs all of our help in the Miss America Pageant


Sioux Falls, S.D. (KELO AM) – Miss Tessa Dee, Miss South Dakota departs in five days to compete for the title ‘Miss America.’ Dee a Mitchell native won Miss South Dakota and is busily making preparations for her trip to Atlantic City.

“I am humbled to have been crowned Miss South Dakota, all of the contestants were so talented and carried themselves very well,” said Dee. “I am looking forward to going to Atlantic City and being on the stage in Boardwalk Hall.”

Dee said her talent is going to be gymnastics, a sport she competed in at Mitchell High School. She graduated from the University of South Dakota this year with a degree in Physical Science. When her duties are done with Miss America and Miss South Dakota, she plans to continue her education in Physical Therapy.

“In preparation, I have been living by the what the organization recommends, living a healthy lifestyle, advocating for worthy causes, your personal platform and Miss America’s National Platform, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital,” said Dee. “I have a personal platform that I started to promote children’s literacy called ‘Project Bookworm.”

Dee said she leaves on Labor Day and will be busy with rehersals and appearances right up to when the Miss America Pageant airs live on ABC TV, September 15, 2013.

“I am going to need all the help I can get from the people of South Dakota,” said Dee. “I need everyone to log on to the Miss America website and vote for my video. If I get the most votes, I will have an automatic bid to the final 15 candidates.”

The link to vote for Miss South Dakota is: http://www.missamerica.org/videocontest/contestants/south-dakota.aspx. It can also be accessed through Tessa Dee's facebook page at mssd13.