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Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota bids goodbye

Courtesy photoJessica Johnson holds up the 2010 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota breast collar, sponsored by the Jolly Rancher 4-H club

I am Jessica Johnson, the 2009 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota. I am the 17-year-old daughter of Sheila Kari- Johnson and Gus Johnson. I live on a cattle ranch near Bison, South Dakota.

South Dakota!! I had the time of my life and I owe it all to you. It’s been an amazing year since I was crowned. It has been a wonderful journey that I have been given. I am humbly grateful and honored to have represented you. I have been blessed with awesome people to help me; Cindy Wilk and Torey Berdan, JMRSD directors. I’ve also had the support of the MRSD Board. I consider myself very fortunate to have been mentored by MRSD 2009, Courtney Smith and the current MRSD McKenzie Haley. These are the “Hallmark” Cowgirls of South Dakota. This great state cares enough to only send their very best to Las Vegas. I hope I have made the great people of South Dakota proud.

I have traveled across the state of South Dakota attending 44 events. From west to east, I can truly say that the people of South Dakota have huge hearts. I believe South Dakota has it all from the Black Hills to the Badlands; the evergreen forests to the rolling prairies. South Dakota is the best kept secret. It’s the heartland of America and I am so privileged to have represented you as your 2009 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota and have had the time of my life! I will truly miss representing you.

I have so many memories: Starting the first Queen’s Corral at the Black Hills Stock Show to help promote our young queens. Playing the National Anthem on my violin for the NRCA Rodeo in Gillette, WY and the PRCA Rodeo in Sturgis while gracefully sitting on Whiskey River, my faithful horse. What a privilege it is to pay tribute to our great nation and represent my state and my country and honor Old Glory.

This year my goal was to promote and educate others about South Dakota and our rich heritage through the western way of life. I hope that I will be remembered as the Jr. Queen who inspired all ages to embrace the values of rodeo and what our heritage represents: Faith, Family, Respect, Patriotism, Integrity, a strong work ethic and the friendly camaraderie that is found only in our state sport Rodeo.

I have been blessed with wonderful sponsors, family and friends. Thank you for all your support. I could not have traveled to as many places if it was not for my great sponsors. I am so grateful to you and want to thank you. To my Dad, for believing in me and supporting my dreams. A special thank you to the late Pete Kari family who made it possible for me to make my dream come true, to live on a ranch. To Susan Johnson, my godmother and aunt, who purchased some of my most beautiful clothes. Thank you to my great uncle, the late Jim Schlosser and his family, and to his wife Kathy Schlosser, for always making it possible for my family to attend the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo to watch me. To Hank Taton, my trainer and friend, you have made me cowgirl-tough and taught me to ride with grace. Thank you to Betty and Irwin Tescher for always loving me and supporting me. Thank you to one of my most generous sponsors, Mr. Bob Hanson, who at the age of 92 attended most of my events and made sure I was taken care of. Thank you to the Stanely Fried Family for always supporting and sponsoring me. Thank you to the Wayne and Barbra Besler and LaGrand Scotch Cap Ranch for sponsoring me as well. I will love you all forever. It is you who has made it possible for my dreams to come true.

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A very special thank you to Grand Electric and West River Cooperative Company of Bison and South Dakota Association of Telephone Cooperatives of Pierre for sponsoring the new 2010 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota’s saddle, and the Jolly Rancher 4-H Club for sponsoring the Breast Collar. The saddle and breast collar are currently on display at Grand Electric.

I would like you to know since 4th grade it has been a dream of mine to become Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota. I have learned so much. When I entered my first queen contest in 4th grade, my mom read the responsibilities of being a Rodeo Queen, which stated I would have to clean the arena during the rodeo. She said, “Why would you want to pick up the grandstands during the rodeo?” When it really meant clean the calves out of the arena! My mom has also learned how to drive a horse trailer in the city and that it’s not wise to go through the McDonald’s drive thru with a horse trailer! I want to give a special thank you to my mom for always being there for me and giving me the wings to fly and reach my dreams.

South Dakota, it’s been a honor to represent you. I say goodbye with my motto: For all the little girls out there that want to dream and set goals in life:

I am Jessica Johnson, the 2009 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota. I am the 17-year-old daughter of Sheila Kari- Johnson and Gus Johnson. I live on a cattle ranch near Bison, South Dakota.

South Dakota!! I had the time of my life and I owe it all to you. It’s been an amazing year since I was crowned. It has been a wonderful journey that I have been given. I am humbly grateful and honored to have represented you. I have been blessed with awesome people to help me; Cindy Wilk and Torey Berdan, JMRSD directors. I’ve also had the support of the MRSD Board. I consider myself very fortunate to have been mentored by MRSD 2009, Courtney Smith and the current MRSD McKenzie Haley. These are the “Hallmark” Cowgirls of South Dakota. This great state cares enough to only send their very best to Las Vegas. I hope I have made the great people of South Dakota proud.

I have traveled across the state of South Dakota attending 44 events. From west to east, I can truly say that the people of South Dakota have huge hearts. I believe South Dakota has it all from the Black Hills to the Badlands; the evergreen forests to the rolling prairies. South Dakota is the best kept secret. It’s the heartland of America and I am so privileged to have represented you as your 2009 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota and have had the time of my life! I will truly miss representing you.

I have so many memories: Starting the first Queen’s Corral at the Black Hills Stock Show to help promote our young queens. Playing the National Anthem on my violin for the NRCA Rodeo in Gillette, WY and the PRCA Rodeo in Sturgis while gracefully sitting on Whiskey River, my faithful horse. What a privilege it is to pay tribute to our great nation and represent my state and my country and honor Old Glory.

This year my goal was to promote and educate others about South Dakota and our rich heritage through the western way of life. I hope that I will be remembered as the Jr. Queen who inspired all ages to embrace the values of rodeo and what our heritage represents: Faith, Family, Respect, Patriotism, Integrity, a strong work ethic and the friendly camaraderie that is found only in our state sport Rodeo.

I have been blessed with wonderful sponsors, family and friends. Thank you for all your support. I could not have traveled to as many places if it was not for my great sponsors. I am so grateful to you and want to thank you. To my Dad, for believing in me and supporting my dreams. A special thank you to the late Pete Kari family who made it possible for me to make my dream come true, to live on a ranch. To Susan Johnson, my godmother and aunt, who purchased some of my most beautiful clothes. Thank you to my great uncle, the late Jim Schlosser and his family, and to his wife Kathy Schlosser, for always making it possible for my family to attend the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo to watch me. To Hank Taton, my trainer and friend, you have made me cowgirl-tough and taught me to ride with grace. Thank you to Betty and Irwin Tescher for always loving me and supporting me. Thank you to one of my most generous sponsors, Mr. Bob Hanson, who at the age of 92 attended most of my events and made sure I was taken care of. Thank you to the Stanely Fried Family for always supporting and sponsoring me. Thank you to the Wayne and Barbra Besler and LaGrand Scotch Cap Ranch for sponsoring me as well. I will love you all forever. It is you who has made it possible for my dreams to come true.

A very special thank you to Grand Electric and West River Cooperative Company of Bison and South Dakota Association of Telephone Cooperatives of Pierre for sponsoring the new 2010 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota’s saddle, and the Jolly Rancher 4-H Club for sponsoring the Breast Collar. The saddle and breast collar are currently on display at Grand Electric.

I would like you to know since 4th grade it has been a dream of mine to become Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota. I have learned so much. When I entered my first queen contest in 4th grade, my mom read the responsibilities of being a Rodeo Queen, which stated I would have to clean the arena during the rodeo. She said, “Why would you want to pick up the grandstands during the rodeo?” When it really meant clean the calves out of the arena! My mom has also learned how to drive a horse trailer in the city and that it’s not wise to go through the McDonald’s drive thru with a horse trailer! I want to give a special thank you to my mom for always being there for me and giving me the wings to fly and reach my dreams.

South Dakota, it’s been a honor to represent you. I say goodbye with my motto: For all the little girls out there that want to dream and set goals in life:

I am Jessica Johnson, the 2009 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota. I am the 17-year-old daughter of Sheila Kari- Johnson and Gus Johnson. I live on a cattle ranch near Bison, South Dakota.

South Dakota!! I had the time of my life and I owe it all to you. It’s been an amazing year since I was crowned. It has been a wonderful journey that I have been given. I am humbly grateful and honored to have represented you. I have been blessed with awesome people to help me; Cindy Wilk and Torey Berdan, JMRSD directors. I’ve also had the support of the MRSD Board. I consider myself very fortunate to have been mentored by MRSD 2009, Courtney Smith and the current MRSD McKenzie Haley. These are the “Hallmark” Cowgirls of South Dakota. This great state cares enough to only send their very best to Las Vegas. I hope I have made the great people of South Dakota proud.

I have traveled across the state of South Dakota attending 44 events. From west to east, I can truly say that the people of South Dakota have huge hearts. I believe South Dakota has it all from the Black Hills to the Badlands; the evergreen forests to the rolling prairies. South Dakota is the best kept secret. It’s the heartland of America and I am so privileged to have represented you as your 2009 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota and have had the time of my life! I will truly miss representing you.

I have so many memories: Starting the first Queen’s Corral at the Black Hills Stock Show to help promote our young queens. Playing the National Anthem on my violin for the NRCA Rodeo in Gillette, WY and the PRCA Rodeo in Sturgis while gracefully sitting on Whiskey River, my faithful horse. What a privilege it is to pay tribute to our great nation and represent my state and my country and honor Old Glory.

This year my goal was to promote and educate others about South Dakota and our rich heritage through the western way of life. I hope that I will be remembered as the Jr. Queen who inspired all ages to embrace the values of rodeo and what our heritage represents: Faith, Family, Respect, Patriotism, Integrity, a strong work ethic and the friendly camaraderie that is found only in our state sport Rodeo.

I have been blessed with wonderful sponsors, family and friends. Thank you for all your support. I could not have traveled to as many places if it was not for my great sponsors. I am so grateful to you and want to thank you. To my Dad, for believing in me and supporting my dreams. A special thank you to the late Pete Kari family who made it possible for me to make my dream come true, to live on a ranch. To Susan Johnson, my godmother and aunt, who purchased some of my most beautiful clothes. Thank you to my great uncle, the late Jim Schlosser and his family, and to his wife Kathy Schlosser, for always making it possible for my family to attend the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo to watch me. To Hank Taton, my trainer and friend, you have made me cowgirl-tough and taught me to ride with grace. Thank you to Betty and Irwin Tescher for always loving me and supporting me. Thank you to one of my most generous sponsors, Mr. Bob Hanson, who at the age of 92 attended most of my events and made sure I was taken care of. Thank you to the Stanely Fried Family for always supporting and sponsoring me. Thank you to the Wayne and Barbra Besler and LaGrand Scotch Cap Ranch for sponsoring me as well. I will love you all forever. It is you who has made it possible for my dreams to come true.

A very special thank you to Grand Electric and West River Cooperative Company of Bison and South Dakota Association of Telephone Cooperatives of Pierre for sponsoring the new 2010 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota’s saddle, and the Jolly Rancher 4-H Club for sponsoring the Breast Collar. The saddle and breast collar are currently on display at Grand Electric.

I would like you to know since 4th grade it has been a dream of mine to become Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota. I have learned so much. When I entered my first queen contest in 4th grade, my mom read the responsibilities of being a Rodeo Queen, which stated I would have to clean the arena during the rodeo. She said, “Why would you want to pick up the grandstands during the rodeo?” When it really meant clean the calves out of the arena! My mom has also learned how to drive a horse trailer in the city and that it’s not wise to go through the McDonald’s drive thru with a horse trailer! I want to give a special thank you to my mom for always being there for me and giving me the wings to fly and reach my dreams.

South Dakota, it’s been a honor to represent you. I say goodbye with my motto: For all the little girls out there that want to dream and set goals in life:

I am Jessica Johnson, the 2009 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota. I am the 17-year-old daughter of Sheila Kari- Johnson and Gus Johnson. I live on a cattle ranch near Bison, South Dakota.

South Dakota!! I had the time of my life and I owe it all to you. It’s been an amazing year since I was crowned. It has been a wonderful journey that I have been given. I am humbly grateful and honored to have represented you. I have been blessed with awesome people to help me; Cindy Wilk and Torey Berdan, JMRSD directors. I’ve also had the support of the MRSD Board. I consider myself very fortunate to have been mentored by MRSD 2009, Courtney Smith and the current MRSD McKenzie Haley. These are the “Hallmark” Cowgirls of South Dakota. This great state cares enough to only send their very best to Las Vegas. I hope I have made the great people of South Dakota proud.

I have traveled across the state of South Dakota attending 44 events. From west to east, I can truly say that the people of South Dakota have huge hearts. I believe South Dakota has it all from the Black Hills to the Badlands; the evergreen forests to the rolling prairies. South Dakota is the best kept secret. It’s the heartland of America and I am so privileged to have represented you as your 2009 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota and have had the time of my life! I will truly miss representing you.

I have so many memories: Starting the first Queen’s Corral at the Black Hills Stock Show to help promote our young queens. Playing the National Anthem on my violin for the NRCA Rodeo in Gillette, WY and the PRCA Rodeo in Sturgis while gracefully sitting on Whiskey River, my faithful horse. What a privilege it is to pay tribute to our great nation and represent my state and my country and honor Old Glory.

This year my goal was to promote and educate others about South Dakota and our rich heritage through the western way of life. I hope that I will be remembered as the Jr. Queen who inspired all ages to embrace the values of rodeo and what our heritage represents: Faith, Family, Respect, Patriotism, Integrity, a strong work ethic and the friendly camaraderie that is found only in our state sport Rodeo.

I have been blessed with wonderful sponsors, family and friends. Thank you for all your support. I could not have traveled to as many places if it was not for my great sponsors. I am so grateful to you and want to thank you. To my Dad, for believing in me and supporting my dreams. A special thank you to the late Pete Kari family who made it possible for me to make my dream come true, to live on a ranch. To Susan Johnson, my godmother and aunt, who purchased some of my most beautiful clothes. Thank you to my great uncle, the late Jim Schlosser and his family, and to his wife Kathy Schlosser, for always making it possible for my family to attend the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo to watch me. To Hank Taton, my trainer and friend, you have made me cowgirl-tough and taught me to ride with grace. Thank you to Betty and Irwin Tescher for always loving me and supporting me. Thank you to one of my most generous sponsors, Mr. Bob Hanson, who at the age of 92 attended most of my events and made sure I was taken care of. Thank you to the Stanely Fried Family for always supporting and sponsoring me. Thank you to the Wayne and Barbra Besler and LaGrand Scotch Cap Ranch for sponsoring me as well. I will love you all forever. It is you who has made it possible for my dreams to come true.

A very special thank you to Grand Electric and West River Cooperative Company of Bison and South Dakota Association of Telephone Cooperatives of Pierre for sponsoring the new 2010 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota’s saddle, and the Jolly Rancher 4-H Club for sponsoring the Breast Collar. The saddle and breast collar are currently on display at Grand Electric.

I would like you to know since 4th grade it has been a dream of mine to become Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota. I have learned so much. When I entered my first queen contest in 4th grade, my mom read the responsibilities of being a Rodeo Queen, which stated I would have to clean the arena during the rodeo. She said, “Why would you want to pick up the grandstands during the rodeo?” When it really meant clean the calves out of the arena! My mom has also learned how to drive a horse trailer in the city and that it’s not wise to go through the McDonald’s drive thru with a horse trailer! I want to give a special thank you to my mom for always being there for me and giving me the wings to fly and reach my dreams.

South Dakota, it’s been a honor to represent you. I say goodbye with my motto: For all the little girls out there that want to dream and set goals in life:

I am Jessica Johnson, the 2009 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota. I am the 17-year-old daughter of Sheila Kari- Johnson and Gus Johnson. I live on a cattle ranch near Bison, South Dakota.

South Dakota!! I had the time of my life and I owe it all to you. It’s been an amazing year since I was crowned. It has been a wonderful journey that I have been given. I am humbly grateful and honored to have represented you. I have been blessed with awesome people to help me; Cindy Wilk and Torey Berdan, JMRSD directors. I’ve also had the support of the MRSD Board. I consider myself very fortunate to have been mentored by MRSD 2009, Courtney Smith and the current MRSD McKenzie Haley. These are the “Hallmark” Cowgirls of South Dakota. This great state cares enough to only send their very best to Las Vegas. I hope I have made the great people of South Dakota proud.

I have traveled across the state of South Dakota attending 44 events. From west to east, I can truly say that the people of South Dakota have huge hearts. I believe South Dakota has it all from the Black Hills to the Badlands; the evergreen forests to the rolling prairies. South Dakota is the best kept secret. It’s the heartland of America and I am so privileged to have represented you as your 2009 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota and have had the time of my life! I will truly miss representing you.

I have so many memories: Starting the first Queen’s Corral at the Black Hills Stock Show to help promote our young queens. Playing the National Anthem on my violin for the NRCA Rodeo in Gillette, WY and the PRCA Rodeo in Sturgis while gracefully sitting on Whiskey River, my faithful horse. What a privilege it is to pay tribute to our great nation and represent my state and my country and honor Old Glory.

This year my goal was to promote and educate others about South Dakota and our rich heritage through the western way of life. I hope that I will be remembered as the Jr. Queen who inspired all ages to embrace the values of rodeo and what our heritage represents: Faith, Family, Respect, Patriotism, Integrity, a strong work ethic and the friendly camaraderie that is found only in our state sport Rodeo.

I have been blessed with wonderful sponsors, family and friends. Thank you for all your support. I could not have traveled to as many places if it was not for my great sponsors. I am so grateful to you and want to thank you. To my Dad, for believing in me and supporting my dreams. A special thank you to the late Pete Kari family who made it possible for me to make my dream come true, to live on a ranch. To Susan Johnson, my godmother and aunt, who purchased some of my most beautiful clothes. Thank you to my great uncle, the late Jim Schlosser and his family, and to his wife Kathy Schlosser, for always making it possible for my family to attend the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo to watch me. To Hank Taton, my trainer and friend, you have made me cowgirl-tough and taught me to ride with grace. Thank you to Betty and Irwin Tescher for always loving me and supporting me. Thank you to one of my most generous sponsors, Mr. Bob Hanson, who at the age of 92 attended most of my events and made sure I was taken care of. Thank you to the Stanely Fried Family for always supporting and sponsoring me. Thank you to the Wayne and Barbra Besler and LaGrand Scotch Cap Ranch for sponsoring me as well. I will love you all forever. It is you who has made it possible for my dreams to come true.

A very special thank you to Grand Electric and West River Cooperative Company of Bison and South Dakota Association of Telephone Cooperatives of Pierre for sponsoring the new 2010 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota’s saddle, and the Jolly Rancher 4-H Club for sponsoring the Breast Collar. The saddle and breast collar are currently on display at Grand Electric.

I would like you to know since 4th grade it has been a dream of mine to become Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota. I have learned so much. When I entered my first queen contest in 4th grade, my mom read the responsibilities of being a Rodeo Queen, which stated I would have to clean the arena during the rodeo. She said, “Why would you want to pick up the grandstands during the rodeo?” When it really meant clean the calves out of the arena! My mom has also learned how to drive a horse trailer in the city and that it’s not wise to go through the McDonald’s drive thru with a horse trailer! I want to give a special thank you to my mom for always being there for me and giving me the wings to fly and reach my dreams.

South Dakota, it’s been a honor to represent you. I say goodbye with my motto: For all the little girls out there that want to dream and set goals in life:

I am Jessica Johnson, the 2009 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota. I am the 17-year-old daughter of Sheila Kari- Johnson and Gus Johnson. I live on a cattle ranch near Bison, South Dakota.

South Dakota!! I had the time of my life and I owe it all to you. It’s been an amazing year since I was crowned. It has been a wonderful journey that I have been given. I am humbly grateful and honored to have represented you. I have been blessed with awesome people to help me; Cindy Wilk and Torey Berdan, JMRSD directors. I’ve also had the support of the MRSD Board. I consider myself very fortunate to have been mentored by MRSD 2009, Courtney Smith and the current MRSD McKenzie Haley. These are the “Hallmark” Cowgirls of South Dakota. This great state cares enough to only send their very best to Las Vegas. I hope I have made the great people of South Dakota proud.

I have traveled across the state of South Dakota attending 44 events. From west to east, I can truly say that the people of South Dakota have huge hearts. I believe South Dakota has it all from the Black Hills to the Badlands; the evergreen forests to the rolling prairies. South Dakota is the best kept secret. It’s the heartland of America and I am so privileged to have represented you as your 2009 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota and have had the time of my life! I will truly miss representing you.

I have so many memories: Starting the first Queen’s Corral at the Black Hills Stock Show to help promote our young queens. Playing the National Anthem on my violin for the NRCA Rodeo in Gillette, WY and the PRCA Rodeo in Sturgis while gracefully sitting on Whiskey River, my faithful horse. What a privilege it is to pay tribute to our great nation and represent my state and my country and honor Old Glory.

This year my goal was to promote and educate others about South Dakota and our rich heritage through the western way of life. I hope that I will be remembered as the Jr. Queen who inspired all ages to embrace the values of rodeo and what our heritage represents: Faith, Family, Respect, Patriotism, Integrity, a strong work ethic and the friendly camaraderie that is found only in our state sport Rodeo.

I have been blessed with wonderful sponsors, family and friends. Thank you for all your support. I could not have traveled to as many places if it was not for my great sponsors. I am so grateful to you and want to thank you. To my Dad, for believing in me and supporting my dreams. A special thank you to the late Pete Kari family who made it possible for me to make my dream come true, to live on a ranch. To Susan Johnson, my godmother and aunt, who purchased some of my most beautiful clothes. Thank you to my great uncle, the late Jim Schlosser and his family, and to his wife Kathy Schlosser, for always making it possible for my family to attend the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo to watch me. To Hank Taton, my trainer and friend, you have made me cowgirl-tough and taught me to ride with grace. Thank you to Betty and Irwin Tescher for always loving me and supporting me. Thank you to one of my most generous sponsors, Mr. Bob Hanson, who at the age of 92 attended most of my events and made sure I was taken care of. Thank you to the Stanely Fried Family for always supporting and sponsoring me. Thank you to the Wayne and Barbra Besler and LaGrand Scotch Cap Ranch for sponsoring me as well. I will love you all forever. It is you who has made it possible for my dreams to come true.

A very special thank you to Grand Electric and West River Cooperative Company of Bison and South Dakota Association of Telephone Cooperatives of Pierre for sponsoring the new 2010 Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota’s saddle, and the Jolly Rancher 4-H Club for sponsoring the Breast Collar. The saddle and breast collar are currently on display at Grand Electric.

I would like you to know since 4th grade it has been a dream of mine to become Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota. I have learned so much. When I entered my first queen contest in 4th grade, my mom read the responsibilities of being a Rodeo Queen, which stated I would have to clean the arena during the rodeo. She said, “Why would you want to pick up the grandstands during the rodeo?” When it really meant clean the calves out of the arena! My mom has also learned how to drive a horse trailer in the city and that it’s not wise to go through the McDonald’s drive thru with a horse trailer! I want to give a special thank you to my mom for always being there for me and giving me the wings to fly and reach my dreams.

South Dakota, it’s been a honor to represent you. I say goodbye with my motto: For all the little girls out there that want to dream and set goals in life:

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