Marley Hanson went from being the 2009 Clay County Fair Princess to now being the current Miss Rushmore’s Outstanding Teen.
She got bit by the pageant bug when she competed and won her first pageant at the Clay County Fair. She then went on and competed in the Miss South Dakota Teen USA pageant on Nov. 3-4, 2012. She was one of the youngest contestants competing in this pageant and pulled through to make it into the top 15 semifinalists. Only three months after that, on Feb. 9, she was back on the stage vying for another title, with the Miss America Association this time, all the way out in Rapid City.
Marley competed against other contestants in five different categories: interview, fitness, talent, evening gown, and two on stage questions. She swept two of the four small caption awards away, top interview and Miss Congeniality. She won the top interview award with the platform of 4-H.
Marley won the title Miss Rushmore’s Outstanding Teen 2013. With her title she gets to promote her platform, 4-H, throughout her reigning year. She can also be seen helping out with Children’s Miracle Network fundraisers because CMN is the Miss America Association’s national platform. Along with that she also gets to compete at the state pageant in Hot Springs in late June of 2013 for the title of Miss South Dakota’s Outstanding Teen with the Miss America Association.