Meridith Gould of Sioux Falls, Miss Lake Alvin, was crowned Miss South Dakota 2014 Saturday night. Her platform is “Financial Responsibility Mentorship for Students.” For her talent, she performed a ballet en pointe. Gould also was awarded the “Ray Peterson Rookie of the Year” $500 scholarship for the first-year contestant with the highest overall score. Gould is the first former Miss South Dakota’s Outstanding Teen to go on to win the Miss South Dakota.

Gould won the preliminary swimsuit award Wednesday night. She is 19 years old and is a sophomore at the Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota.

First runner-up was Miss State Fair, Jade Possail of Brookings. Possail won the swimsuit award Thursday night and had the top score in interview. She also won the $1,000 Miss America Community Service Award.

Second runner-up was Miss Siouxland, Autumn Simunek of Hot Springs. Simunek also won the fundraiser award and Children’s Miracle Network Miracle maker award.

Third runner-up was Miss Brookings, Julia Olson, a SDSU student from Spencer, Iowa. Olson was also a preliminary talent winner.

Fourth runner-up was Miss SDSU, Jamie McKinney. McKinney was also a preliminary talent winner.

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