Dakota Days Royalty Candidates Announced

DDays Royalty 2017 The annual Dakota Days parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

VERMILLION, S.D. –  University of South Dakota students have chosen 14 candidates for Miss and Mr. Dakota as part of Dakota Days homecoming week activities.

Coronation will be during halftime of Saturday’s football game in the DakotaDome.

The Miss Dakota candidate's field of study and hometown: Maggie Squyer, majoring in Sustainability, Biology, and Political Science, from Sioux Falls; Alicia Khatt, majoring in Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Public Health, from Worthington, Minnesota; Megan Kunkel, majoring in Strategic Communication and Business Administration, from Sioux Falls; Keri Kamphoff, majoring in Health Sciences, Pre-Occupational Therapy, and Spanish, from Sheldon, Iowa; Shaniah Koops, majoring in Communication Studies and Criminal Justice, from Sioux Falls; Emma Kays, majoring in Kinesiology and Sports Science, Psychology, from Watertown; Teagan McNary, majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice, from Vermillion.

Mr. Dakota candidates: Conrad Adam, majoring in Finance and Accounting, from Pierre; Jackson Schriver, majoring in Medical Biology, Psychology, and Interdisciplinary Studies, from Watertown; Blake Warner, majoring in Psychology and Communication Studies, from Windom, Minnesota; Rush Milne, majoring in Strategic Communication and Business Administration, from Madison; Tyler Sobczak, majoring in History and Communication Studies, from Rapid City; Daniel Howe, majoring in Business Administration, from Elk Point; Caleb Rector, majoring in Kinesiology and History, from Sioux Falls.

Here are the details on the week’s events.

7 p.m. - Comedian Kevin Yee (Aalfs Auditorium)

7 p.m. - Volleyball: Coyotes vs. Oral Roberts (Sanford Coyote Sports Center)
7:30 p.m. - Dakota Days Bingo (Muenster University Center)

5-11 p.m. - Vermtown Bash /Street Dance (Downtown Vermillion)

5 p.m. - 5K Fun Run/Walk (Muenster University Center)
7 p.m - Steven Manolis Exhibition - Art Critics Symposium Panel Discussion (Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts)

2 p.m. - Steven Manolis Painting Donation (Muenster University Center Pit Lounge)
4 p.m. - Coyotes Soccer vs. Denver (First Bank & Trust Soccer Complex)
4 p.m. - Steven Manolis Closing Reception (Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts)
5:30 p.m. - Pep Rally (Legacy Statue)
5:30 p.m. - Unleash Your Legacy: 2017 Alumni Achievement Awards Social Hour (Muenster University Center)
6:30 p.m. - Zumba Party (Wellness Center)
7 p.m. - Unleash Your Legacy: 2017 Alumni Achievement Awards Presentation (Muenster University Center)

9 a.m. - Dakota Days Parade (Main Street)
10 a.m. - Tailgate (DakotaDome Parking Lot)
2 p.m. - Coyote Football vs. Youngstown State (DakotaDome)

A full schedule of alumni events.

A schedule of student events.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News