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Fourteen candidates for Mr. and Miss Dakota revealed for 99th Dakota Days celebration

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Candidates for Mr. and Miss Dakota 2013 were announced at last night’s Royalty Reveal at Aalfs Auditorium on the University of South Dakota campus. Fourteen students have been chosen to represent USD during this year’s Dakota Days homecoming activities, which culminate with the coronation of Mr. and Miss Dakota at halftime of Saturday’s football game against Missouri State at the DakotaDome.

2013 Miss Dakota candidates are: Anna Hyronimus of Valley Springs, S.D., a Spanish and economics major nominated by Kappa Alpha Theta, who is active in the Honors Program, Sigma Delta Pi, Order of Omega, Girls on the Run, Political Economy Club and NSCS; Cassie Bartlett of Sioux Falls, S.D., who is a political science and contemporary media and journalism major nominated by Mortar Board, and is involved with Alpha Phi, Coyote News, Coyote Radio, Order of Omega, Golden Key National Honor Society, Cross Media Council and the National Society of Leadership and Success; Courtney Krcil of Dante, S.D., is a business administration major who was nominated by USD Dakota Days Executive Board, and is also active in Student Ambassadors, the USD Writing Center, Kappa Alpha Theta and Phi Beta Kappa; Ellen Ingebrigston of Sioux Falls is majoring in accounting and was nominated by Alpha Phi, and she has been involved with Beta Alpha Psi/Accounting Club, Golden Key National Honor Society, PanHellenic Council, Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Beta Sigma National Honor Society, Mortar Board, Salvation Army bell ringing, Susan G. Komen and the Heartland Humane Society; Kate Bauer of Omaha, Neb., is majoring in psychology and was nominated by SERVE, and is active in Big Pal Little Pal, Kappa Alpha Theta, College Republicans and the National Society of Leadership and Success; Megan Ingebrigston of Sioux Falls is a biology major nominated by PanHellenic Council who has been active with Premed Society, Golden Key National Honor Society and Pi Beta Phi; and Wendy Nelson of Sioux Falls, is an elementary education and special education major who was nominated by Student Ambassadors, and has been involved with Alpha Phi at USD.

2013 Mr. Dakota candidates are: Erik Muckey of Corsica, S.D., who was nominated by SGA and is majoring in economics while also active in HOBY South Dakota, Lost and Found Board of Directors (vice president), Coyote Capital Management (president), University Scholarship Committee, Students for Inclusive Excellence, Beta Gamma Sigma, Honors Directors’ Council, Honors Program and is the current SGA President; Gavin Pochop of Gregory, S.D. is a history and English major who was nominated by Tau Kappa Epsilon and is involved with Golden Key National Honor Society, Mortar Board Honor Society, Dakotans and volunteers as an assistant wrestling coach at Vermillion High School; Sean McCann of Newell, S.D., is majoring in Spanish and biology, who was nominated by Pi Kappa Alpha and has been active in Student Ambassadors, SGA, Dance Marathon, ISA Global Ambassador, Dakota Days Executive Committee, Spanish Club, Pre-Physician’s Assistant Club and intramural sports; Seth Lopour of Fort Pierre, S.D. is a majoring in political science and was nominated by Mock Trial, and is active with Pi Kappa Alpha, Inter-fraternity Council, Coyote Crew and Arabic Club; Stephen Bollinger of Pierre, S.D., is a chemistry and psychology major who was nominated by Inter-fraternity Council, and is involved with Delta Tau Delta, College Republicans, Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key National Honor Society; Taylor Moore of Milwaukee, Wis., is majoring in contemporary media and journalism, was nominated by the Campus Activities Board and is active in Union of African-American Students, Coyote News, Students for Inclusive Excellence and Learning to Lead; and Zach Nipp of Langford, S.D., is a political science and economics major who was nominated by Student Ambassadors, and has been involved with Delta Tau Delta, SGA, Support Center Review Council, GAF Committee, Dance Marathon, Up ’Til Dawn and Honors Program.

The theme for the 99th Dakota Days celebration is “Pride on the Prowl” and features several activities throughout the week for USD students and alumni, including the Vermtown Bash at Prentis Park on Wednesday, Oct. 2; “Yotes Got Talent” at Aalfs Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 3; and the All-Alumni Reunion Dinner (with the presentation of the Alumni Achievement Awards) at the Muenster University Center at 6 p.m. on Oct.4.

A complete list of Dakota Days events, including times, locations and activity sponsors, is available at or


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 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News