University of South Dakota students Lucas Peterson, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Sami Zoss, of Beresford, South Dakota, were crowned Mr. and Miss Dakota at Saturday's coronation in the DakotaDome during halftime of the homecoming football game against Youngstown State.
Peterson, who is studying business administration, was sponsored by Tau Kappa Epsilon and is active in Dakotans, College Republicans, National College Scholars, Golden Key, and National Society of Leadership and Success. Zoss, who is USD's Student Government Association president and is studying criminal justice and political science, was sponsored by SGA and is also active in Kappa Alpha Theta, Criminal Justice Club, Dakotathon and National Society for Leadership.
They were among 14 royalty candidates who represented USD during Dakota Days homecoming activities this week. The others: Eric Roach, Shane Wernke, Bill Belch, Joey Snyder, William Lewis, Jacob Munger, Mary Dick, Kaitlyn Stern, Sarah Barthel, Emily Jansen, Carrie Wintle and Rachael Ruba.
Dakota Days featured numerous student, community and alumni activities. The final event is 1 p.m. Sunday, the "Make a Joyful Noise" voice and organ concert by Tracelyn Gesteland and Wyatt Smith in Aalfs Auditorium, which is free and open to the public.