Simunek is helping spearhead a Veteran’s Holiday Relief Drive. In prior years, her effort has raised over $20,000 in donations. The Relief Drive is conducted in partnership with the South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary. It kicked off on Veterans Day and runs throughout the holiday season.
L to R: 3rd Runner up Megan Lipp, 1st runner up Julia Olson, Miss SD Autumn Simunek, 2nd runner up Brittanie Venard, 4th runner up Katie Barnett.
The pageants have helped her become a better, more confident person, she said. But the real cherry on top is the scholarship money given away as prizes. Simunek won’t have to pay a dime of her college tuition. It’s also gratifying to be crowned after competing against so many qualified contestants, she said.
Congratulations to Autumn Simunek on being crowned Miss South Dakota 2015!
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