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Carrie Wintle


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A South Dakota native, Wintle is the daughter of Bruce and Susan Wintle. She grew up in Iroquois, South Dakota.

Wintle attended Huron High School located in Huron, South Dakota. It was during this time she began her journey with the Miss South Dakota Organization through the Miss South Dakota’s Outstanding Teen Pageant.

Wintle started competing in the Miss America Organization over 10 years ago. She competed at Miss South Dakota five times before earning the coveted title. Wintle also competed at Miss South Dakota’s Outstanding Teen 2008. The original winner, Kelly Johnson, abdicated the throne which allowed Wintle to assume the title.

After graduating high school in 2011, Wintle took her studies to the University of South Dakota. As an honors student, she majored in Mathematics and Accounting and minored in Finance. Before graduating in 2017, she a member of Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, Mortar Board, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Wintle was also the President of Beta Alpha Psi, a Dean’s Ambassador for the Beacom School of Business and a member of the university’s cheer team and a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta.

After graduating in the Top 10% of the business school, Wintle was accepted to the Vanderbilt University located in Nashville, Tennessee where she is working towards her Master’s in Accountancy Valuations.

During her time at the University of South Dakota, Wintle started competing in the Miss North Dakota Organization. Starting in 2013, she held the titles of Miss Dakota Rose, Miss Dakota Plains, Miss Rolling Plains, Miss Rushmore and Miss State Fair.

On the 10 year anniversary of Wintle winning Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen, she was crowned Miss South Dakota 2018 on June 16th, 2018 at Mueller Civic Center in Hot Springs, South Dakota. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2019 on September 9th, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Pageant Platform

Money $heep’s goal is to help youth build a financial foundation. About two years ago I founded this organization and have since incorporated it as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. I have authored two children’s book: Mr. Money $heep; Mr. Money $heep and the Financial Foes. Last year I partnered with over 20 regional businesses to donate 10,000 copies of Mr. Money $heep to youth throughout SD, MN, and IA.

Which School Did Carrie Wintle Attend?

Undergraduate - University of South Dakota – Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Accounting with a minor in Finance –Class of 2017. Graduate: Vanderbilt University Masters in Accountancy

Why start competing in pageants

Miss South Dakota 2006 was from my hometown. She came to the local county 4-H fashion review, and I was immediately captivated by her poise and grace. I was so shy as a kid, but somehow she convinced me to compete for Miss South Dakota Outstanding Teen. After my first year, I fell in love with this program and the opportunities it gave me to make myself better, while impacting my community.

FUN FACTS about Carrie Wintle

Wintle has won $25,150 in scholarships during her time with the Miss South Dakota Organization. She is the third former Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen to go on to win the Miss South Dakota title. She is a published author and wrote the children’s book, “Mr. Money $heep,” which is aimed at grades third through fifth. The book is centered on the five foundations of financial literacy: budgeting, saving, income, loans/debt and investment risk. She has completed internships with the prestigious accounting firm, KPMG. Wintle grew up on a sixth generation family farm in the heart of SD. As a kid, she was obsessed with animals. She is a self proclaimed “cat lady.” Her cat, Candice, is the true queen.

In the Media

USD Alumna Carrie Wintle Wins Miss South Dakota

25 August 2018 https://www.usd.edu/news/2018/usd-alumna-carrie-wintle-wins-miss-south-dakota

USD Alumna Uses Personal Experience to Spread Message of Financial Literacy

25 August 2018 https://www.usd.edu/news/2018/usd-alumna-uses-personal-experience-to-spread-message-of-financial-literacy

Graduate student from Iroquois crowned Miss South Dakota

25 August 2018 https://www.apnews.com/ee4f399b110e4afab10cbc3b7337b990

Carrie Wintle Crowned Miss South Dakota 2018

25 August 2018 https://www.kdlt.com/2018/06/17/carrie-wintle-crowned-miss-south-dakota-2018/