Katherine Van Gerpen, 17, of Pierre, was named Miss Teen of South Dakota during the pageant held Friday to Sunday in Pierre.

Van Gerpen competed against 62 teenage girls from across the state, according to a news release from the Miss Teen of America Pageant Scholarship and Recognition Pageant.

The Miss Teen of South Dakota Pageant scores competitors in six areas: scholastic record, achievement and service to school and community, personal development of hobbies, talents and skills, general awareness written test, personality projection in formal wear and judge's interview.

Van Gerpen won $1,000 cash scholarship and a $500 savings bond; she will vie for the National Title of Miss Teen of America and compete for $12,000 worth of scholarships and prizes.

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