Pochop, Hyronimus reign as Mr. and Miss Dakota during 99th Dakota Days celebration at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Gavin Pochop of Gregory, S.D. was crowned Mr. Dakota and Anna Hyronimus of Valley Springs, S.D. was crowned Miss Dakota during the coronation ceremony at halftime of the University of South Dakota’s thrilling Dakota Days football victory over Missouri State on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the DakotaDome.

Pochop and Hyronimus were two of 14 candidates vying for Mr. and Miss Dakota during USD’s 2013 Dakota Days celebration. Hyronimus is a Spanish and economics major who was nominated by Kappa Alpha Theta while Pochop is a history and English major who was nominated by Tau Kappa Epsilon.

A photo of Hyronimus and Pochop (by Aaron Packard Photography) saluting the crowd following the halftime coronation ceremony is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Coronation_2013_DDays.jpg.

Candidates for Miss Dakota included Cassie Bartlett of Sioux Falls, S.D., a political science and contemporary media and journalism major nominated by Mortar Board; Courtney Krcil of Dante, S.D., a business administration major who was nominated by USD Dakota Days Executive Board; Ellen Ingebrigston of Sioux Falls, an accounting major and nominated by Alpha Phi; Kate Bauer of Omaha, Neb., a psychology major who was nominated by SERVE; Megan Ingebrigston of Sioux Falls, a biology major nominated by PanHellenic Council; and Wendy Nelson of Sioux Falls, an elementary education and special education major who was nominated by Student Ambassadors.

Mr. Dakota candidates were Erik Muckey of Corsica, S.D., an economics major who was nominated by SGA; Sean McCann of Newell, S.D., a Spanish and biology major nominated by Pi Kappa Alpha; Seth Lopour of Fort Pierre, S.D., a political science major who was nominated by Mock Trial; Stephen Bollinger of Pierre, S.D., a chemistry and psychology major who was nominated by Inter-fraternity Council; Taylor Moore of Milwaukee, Wis., a contemporary media and journalism major who was nominated by the Campus Activities Board; and Zach Nipp of Langford, S.D., a political science and economics major who was nominated by Student Ambassadors.

“Pride on the Prowl” was the theme for 2013 Dakota Days, the 99th homecoming celebration at USD and featured several activities during the week for students and alumni, including the Vermtown Bash, “Yotes Got Talent” and the presentation of the Alumni Achievement Awards at an All-Alumni Reunion Dinner.

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