One South Dakota teen driven by dreams, determination, and a strong sense of community has begun an interesting journey by participating in a prestigious national scholarship program.

The Distinguished Young Women of America encourage young women to "reach their full potential". The organization provides over "$1 billion in scholarship opportunities, connecting with a nationwide network of women, developing their self-confidence, and participating in our Life Skills Workshops that prepare them for success after high school."

Paige Pederson, daughter of Wendy and Paul Pederson of Vermillion, was honored to be chosen the South Dakota Distinguished Young Woman of America and will go on to represent our state at the national competition.

There are five categories that the young women will be evaluated in, including, scholastics, interview, fitness, talent, and self-expression.

While spending two weeks in Mobile, Alabama, the young women participate in team-building activities,  community service projects, and events, as well as spending time rehearsing for the final competition.

If Paige wins the national title she will spend the next year representing South Dakota and the U.S. at events across the country "promoting the program’s national outreach initiative of Be Your Best Self."

This program combats problems facing children in the U.S. including childhood obesity and dropout rates as well as encouraging young people to participate in community service.

Good luck to this talented young South Dakota scholar who is inspiring her peers, her community, and her state in her quest for this national recognition!

The Ultimate Sioux Falls Visitor's Guide: A to Z

Sioux Falls has lots to explore; fun stuff for the whole family, food of every kind, educational opportunities, and more! If you have out-of-town guests visiting, show them around our city. Eat at places they've never eaten. Take them to places they'd never go. Take some great photos to post on social media (and don't forget the hashtag #HiFromSiouxFalls). We've even listed some cool hotels where they can stay if you don't have the room.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We call it the 'Sioux Empire.' It's the biggest city in the state with a population of nearly 200,000. We’re known for our namesake, Falls Park, along the Big Sioux River. Sioux Falls has received numerous accolades for its quality of life. We have been named the number one best place to rent in America. We’ve topped the list of Best States to Find a Job. Sioux Falls is the Best City in America for Young Professionals. 

We've appeared on lists such as Most Charming Small CitiesTop 10 Place to Raise Kids, and even ranked 10th in the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. We have an abundance of achievements and you can see them on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation's website.

It's a pretty awesome city and that's why we think you should come and visit. If you're coming on business or pleasure, we've put together a list of places to go and things to see. We know you want to explore the attractions the city is known for like Falls Park, the Arc of Dreams, and the Sculpture Walk, but there's a lot more to see and do than just the touristy (that's really a word) stuff. The best places to go are where the locals go and we have a not your average, ordinary visitor's guide. 

Here's a list of over 100 things to do and places to go in Sioux Falls.

Click HERE for a list of all the places we mention and links to each one. Print it out or save it to your phone and use it as a reference when you're visiting. See you soon!

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