South Dakota Miss Amazing is made possible by our dedicated and experienced volunteer committee.
Becca Worden- Becca is a special education teacher in Sioux Falls, SD. In high school, she volunteered in a special education classroom, which sparked her love for individuals with disabilities. Since then, Becca has sought ways to showcase the talents and beauty of these individuals. She found that Miss Amazing was the perfect way to partner her dreams with a great organization. For the last two years, she has served as an assistant state director and is excited to join her team in showcasing these wonderful girls and women!
DIRECTOR OF BUDDIES
Emily Worden- Emily is in her senior year at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, SD. One of her passions in life is getting the opportunity to help and spend time with others. Although she had never worked with individuals with disabilities before, Emily signed up to volunteer at the 2nd annual Miss Amazing Pageant at the suggestion of her older sister, Becca Worden. At first she was anxious, but as the day went on, she fell in love with the program and was touched by the genuine joy she saw in the participants as they went through the day's events. From that day on, she decided that she had to be involved with the process. As an official board member, Emily is excited to plan this year's pageant and can't wait to get to know the volunteers and girls who enter the event.
DIRECTOR OF PARTICIPANTS
Larissa Neugebauer - Larissa graduated from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, after studying education and special education for 4 years. This year, is her first year teaching special education at Robert Frost Elementary School in Sioux Falls, SD. She loves every minute spent with her hilarious, unique, and lovely kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 5th grade students. From the first moment she observed a class of students of special education, she developed a passion for working with individuals with disabilities. During college, she served as a director for an organization in Sioux Falls called FRIENDSLink, which promotes friendships between adults with disabilities and Augustana University students. She looks forward to working with Miss Amazing to promoting the talents of our remarkable women in South Dakota.
DIRECTOR OF Marketing
Courtney Miller- Courtney is currently a store manager at the Pizza Ranch on 41st St. in Sioux Falls, SD and is attending Southeast Technical Institute (STI) to pursue a degree in Human Relations. When not working or going to school, she enjoys spending time with her young daughter Annora. Courtney's passion for creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities stems from her personal experiences with her younger sister Heather, who has Down syndrome. She chose to volunteer with SD Miss Amazing because she loves being able to help open doors for the amazing community of people in Sioux Falls.
Staff Member Recruiter
Lizzy Magnuson- Lizzy is a special education teacher in Sioux Falls, SD. Growing up, she always had a passion for working with individuals with disabilities. She has two older brothers who have Fragile X and they’ve been huge inspirations to her throughout her life. She is excited to be a part of Miss Amazing because she wants to help other girls share their talents and shine!