Katie Schmit smiles after accepting the crown and title of Miss South Dakota Teen USA at the pageant held in Watertown last weekend.

Watertown – The Miss South Dakota USA and Miss South Dakota Teen USA Pageants took place Sunday night at the Watertown Events Center Heritage Theater in Watertown. A capacity crowd filled the theater on Sunday evening for the pageant finals, where the panel of judges selected Caroline Pettey of Rapid City as Miss South Dakota USA 2021, and Katie Schmit of Artesian as Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2021. Both titleholders will now advance and compete next year at the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA national pageants.

The competition, which is held annually, consists of three proportional segments: evening gown, swimwear/activewear, and interview. Eligible young women must be between the ages of 14 and 27 and be unmarried residents of South Dakota to compete in the pageant. Besides being crowned Miss South Dakota Teen USA, Schmit was also awarded Miss Congeniality, voted on by the other contestants, People’s Choice, voted on by others contributing to her campaign for the crown, and Miss Photogenic. 

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Letcher Tormey-Stach Unit 93 President Sandi Ruml announced the following winners of the Poppy Poster contest:

Class I – first, Kaylee Adams; second, Kelly Wilson; third, Cailie Roth;

Class II – first, Isabel Wurtz; second, Landree Zoss; third,  Carley Edwards;

Class III – first, Keith Wurtz; second – Savannah Wurtz; third – Michael Wurtz.

They were judged by Jane Amick. A cash prize is given to all the winners.

Poppy posters were also judged for Artesian Jackson Hall Post 47. The Class I, grade 2 and 3, winner was Ayden Kaiser, and the Class II, grade 4 and 5, winner was McKenzie Uecker.

The Units thank all who participated and the teachers for their help.

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The group met Monday, March 22, at 1 p.m. at the church, with the main event being a surprise birthday gathering for Judi Larson. The gals sang “Happy Birthday,” enjoyed strawberry short cake  and gave the birthday girl her cards. The Lord’s Prayer was prayed and the Table Blessing sang. Devotions, The Seven Questions about the Passion of Christ, were  shared together. 

Business items discussed were: Church cleaning with a list of jobs to be done before Easter posted at the church. Those able to help can go to the church on their own schedule and cross jobs off the list as they are completed.

The annual Easter Bake Sale and Quilt Auction is to be held Saturday, April 3, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Artesian Community Center. Ladies are to have their baked goods to the community center by 9 a.m. Raffle tickets are available from the church ladies or the day of the bake sale. The winner will be drawn on Saturday and may choose one of the six quilts on display. All proceeds from the bake sale and quilt raffle will go to the Artesian First Lutheran Roof Repair Fund. It was decided to give one of the completed baby quilts to Aylivia Kaiser, as she has now come home from the hospital.

The gals signed a thank you note for Gwen Effling for the three completed quilt tops she sewed and gave to the group for the mission projects. The rest of the afternoon was spent working on quilts.

…See pictures in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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