Join Us For The Next
International Pageant

July 29th and 31st
2021

KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE

Showcasing
The Accomplishments
Of Today's
Teens ®

Miss Teen South Dakota International®

Josie Stewart

People's Choice Award

What Superhero would you like to be and why?
Wonder Woman is my favorite fictional superhero! She is a powerful, strong willed character that refuses to back down from a challenge. I love challenging myself because overcoming obstacles is my strength. Dealing with my rescue animals, I face situations that seem impossible. I put on my cape and conquer the situation. I’ve been able to make a difference and meet my challenges with my Everyday Animal Rescue as Wonder Woman would in her mission.

What according to you is a true friend?
A true friend is who you can rely on under any circumstance and adores you just the way you are. I fill various roles, anywhere from being a ranch girl, model, church attendee, homeschooler, lake goer who is around animals all the time and my friends love me in whatever role I play. I call out my friends in an animal crisis and they are always there to help. That is a true friend!

How do you handle criticism?
I have learned to handle criticism constructively. I invite criticism as a learning tool. I listen to what’s being said and don’t become defensive or take it personally. I am positive by nature and respond to feedback appropriately. I find myself able to evaluate feedback from the other person’s point of view and use the criticism as a learning experience. How I am able to handle criticism is one of the strengths of my character.

When was the last time you tried something new?
My new experience I really enjoyed was learning to water ski at Lake Powell, Utah in 680 feet deep water. I usually snow ski. I was fortunate to have our boat driver, who was a water ski instructor, teach me in one try. It was exuberating skiing so close to the red cliffs and so much beauty. I absolutely fell in love. I was successful in no time and haven’t quit skiing since.

Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
Crying is a sign of strength. I have become tough skinned through critical animal situations that I have faced that crying doesn’t happen all that often anymore. I realize I was blessed to have had an opportunity to have helped them. I will testify a good cry can feel good to just let the load off. Recently I had tears when I saw that I made the top 1% in the nation for grades.