USD student to compete for Miss USA crown Friday

USD student to compete for Miss USA crown Friday Sitania Syrovatka, a sophomore at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, will be representing South Dakota at the 51st Miss USA pageant in Gary, IN. The pageant takes place on Friday, March 1 and will air on CBS at 8 p.m. Deion Sanders, former professional baseball player and one of the National Football Leagues's greatest cornerbacks, will host the pageant.

Syrovatka was crowned Miss South Dakota USA 2002 on Sept. 29, 2001 in Sioux Falls. She will be competing against women from the other 49 states and the District of Columbia. The pageant is sponsored by Miss Universe L.P., LLP, a Donald Trump-owned organization.

Syrovatka left South Dakota for Indiana on Feb. 13, where she is taking part in various pre-pageant activities including a Chicago Bulls game, a March of Dimes dinner, a Fortune 500 brunch, and a state gift auction to raise money for breast cancer research. Syrovatka's contribution to the auction was a South Dakota Black Hills Gold necklace.

She is currently a sophomore studying elementary education at USD. She will have to put her education plans on hold if she wins the Miss USA title. The reigning Miss USA is required to go on a yearlong promotional tour and later represent the United States at the Miss Universe pageant.

Syrovatka, a native of Sioux Falls, hopes to promote her cause of cystic fibrosis and diabetes awareness during her tenure as Miss South Dakota. She also contributes to the Vermillion community by participating in the Adopt-A-School program. She is the daughter of Eddy and Donna Syrovatka.

For more information contact Wendy Hinz at (651) 484-6577, or e-mail Syrovatka at

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